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In the comedy American Reunion, all the American Pie characters we met a little more than a decade ago are returning to East Great Falls for their high-school reunion. In one long-overdue weekend, they will discover what has changed, who hasn’t and that time and distance can’t break the bonds of friendship. It was summer 1999 when four small-town Michigan boys began a quest to lose their virginity. In the years that have passed, Jim and Michelle married while Kevin and Vicky said goodbye. Oz and Heather grew apart, but Finch still longs for Stifler’s mom. Now these lifelong friends have come home as adults to reminisce about - and get inspired by - the hormonal teens who launched a comedy legend.
Reunions are normally depressing affairs - meeting old flames who are now obese, friends embarking in a game of oneupmanship to see who has had the more successful life post-school whilst the only common ground you now share is reminiscing about the good old days. American Reunion is equally depressing but mainly because it feels like a cynical cash-in created purely to give the stars a nice easy pay day, and some need it more than others. The first American Pie was decent enough but the subsequent sequels were an obvious case of diminishing returns and this, the third official sequel, continues the downward spiral.
Once again the only reason to bother watching the film is Seann William Scott’s Stifler…
Seeing an American Pie film in 2012, I can't really be mad or surprised or upset when it turns out to be torture to sit through. But here's some stray observations:
After 4 film appearances, all we still know about Jim is that he masturbates a lot and gets punished for it. Rick Santorum would approve. After this amount of public sexual humiliation, you'd think he would have learned to be honest the moment he becomes trapped in a situation, but no. I suppose if this character was even remotely self-aware he would have committed suicide by now and we would not have a franchise.
The women of this series could not matter less. Someone though decided Mena Suvari's forehead…
I think it's fair to say that this got a little better on a rewatch. It still has issues, a lot of them, but the things that made the series so enjoyable are there too.
Gross out comedies started with Animal House and since then every film in that genre has tried and failed to capture its greatness. The original American Pie came close with some serious laughs, a great soundtrack, some incredibly funny scenes and a couple of very memorable characters. It of course got diluted with all the sequels and those shitty spin-offs. Take the first two films though and they hold up pretty well against a modern glut of comedies with little charm.
American Reunion brings back…
Sing along everyone! You know the tune!
A long, long time ago
I can still remember how that movie used to make me smile
And, I knew if I had my chance that I could make those people glance, and...
Maybe they'd be happy for a while
But, Reunion made me shiver with every word it delivers
Bad news on the movie screen – Even with all the boobies seen
I can't remember if I cried when I saw and wondered if they tried
Something touched me deep inside the day this series died
So, don’t try try more American Pie
Eyebrow heavy Eugene Levy, tell this series good-bye
Them good ol' boys were telling jokes with no wry, singing...
Please God don’t make a part five
Please God don’t make a part five
I enjoyed it a bit more this time around. It's very entertaining with some really funny moments scattered throughout, and I honestly love seeing the original cast back together again. Still not as good as the first, but I'm seriously just satisfied that it didn't completely fall flat like I was initially expecting it to when it first came out.
So I liked this...fuck you.
Though what has happened to Tara Reid? Her mouth doesn't move when she speaks??
Quite entertaining reboot / latecomer in the series. If you liked the first film(s) you are in for the same kind of humour with plenty of nostalgia and supporting cameos thrown in. The humour is never too cringworthy and yes, the story is just what you would expect. Like the other AP films, every character has its own agenda and 'goal' within the structure that he achieves of course and all the while, the film plays Adult/Contemporary Pop-Indie schmooze and fires off one childish gag after the other. If that sounds like your kind of thing, you will enjoy it but there is nothing in here that will convince people who steered clear of the series in the first place. Once again, Jim's dad is the secret star of the film. Solid entertainment.
I don't really understand all the disinterest in this film. If you break down all of these movies, this may actually be the most rounded, straight forward, and relevant to exist one of the bunch.
Pie was 1999 so its relevance existed as a teen summer raunchy sex romp and on that level it worked. Not really a story other than a pact to all have sex, but it was filled with interesting and hilarious characters and exuded a retro 80's High School sex comedy style. So for that it worked and made a lot of money and stars out of most of its young cast. Thomas Ian Nicolas carried the bulk of the protagonist duties as Kevin, Jason Biggs…
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I remember when the word got out about a reunion being made for the franchise and then the trailer started making the rounds. Being in my early 20's I grew up with people who idolised the franchise when personally I always saw it as a cash in for cheap comedy that would suit the age in which it was aimed, which explains why there's so many of them.
Though I've never particularly been a fan I was still disappointed. They went for the same old jokes and reached the same maturity level as the previous installments. Although there were a few laughs to be had it still fell flat under the weight of it's own hype and silliness.
After several direct-to-video spin-offs (of which one was more than enough to know that they are all extremely dreadful and disgusting), the American Pie series finally went back to its roots and original cast to finally provide, nine years later, a sequel to 2003's American Wedding. Well, American Reunion was pretty much what I was expecting but less funny, and actually, all things considered it could have been very bad, but it wasn't.
The first half was pretty funny and some clever jokes added fun to it, but it is as if the writers ran out of ideas all of a sudden and simply rehashed what the previous movies had already done and being honest, it became a bit boring…
In high school I had a passing liking of the first two "American Pie" movies. They weren't anything special but unlike most comedies of their sort they didn't have any strong hatred for their characters. I kind of forgot all about them as I got older, to be honest.
Then I came across this on TV and just sort of got stuck watching it. It felt like a reunion. Seeing people you thought were perfectly pleasant but hadn't though of in years. And seeing them again is perfectly pleasant even if you don't need to see them again anytime soon.
It has enough amusing moments to engage you, but it's nothing terribly special. The performances are all fine, save for…
It's all about misogyny and sexism. Terrible, terrible characters. Terrible acting, too. Terrible is the word that fits the film best.
Utterly disgusting and a hell to sit through.
- Boogie Nights
- The Last King of Scotland
- Eastern Promises
- The Dreamers
- Pulp Fiction
- Dead Snow
Films with scenes where someone has a poo.
I'm 37 years old.
- American Reunion
- Searching for Sugar Man
- The Imposter
- Too Big to Fail
- The Girl
All re-watches are excluded.