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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.
Review In A Nutshell:
Sequels have been bread and butter of Hollywood, but every once in a while, a sequel would appear and actually deliver the film a sense of justice. American Reunion, at least to me, is a necessary sequel; it allows characters that we have known and love from before be seen in a different light, show that they have grown from their experiences, while at the same time find comfort in the memories and remnants of their past. American Reunion does not convert any non-believers of the franchise, as its sole purpose is for those who have adored these characters from the beginning, like I have. This film also doesn't attempt to become more than what it…
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…
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…
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.
This was the perfect way to end this series, back at the high school that started it all and having the whole cast back. Relive the older days but realize that you are not to old to have a fun time.
I had watched the first film but none of the intervening sequels but still found this fairly amusing.
Although it seems some gags are rip offs of many of the ones from the original trilogy, American Reunion can hold up all the great fun of the series, and it lets you know after all these years, that these guys still got it.
Just Rewatched this for the first time since it came out, and i really like it a great end to the Franchise and a lot stronger than the 3rd film
I'd say I laughed about three times during whole movie. Goodwill only gets you so far.......
Not as good as the originals but still very faithful and funny. I loved seeing all the cast chemistry after all this time.
The last installment sets a decent ending for the last piece of pie, however as the gang grew older, it kind of lost the immaturity and silliness that they brought to us in the late 1990s and early 2000s
The best of the three direct sequels to the original film. I probably enjoyed it more than I should. :)
Films with scenes where someone has a poo.
I'm 37 years old.
All re-watches are excluded.