Save the best piece for last.
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…
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
This is pretty terrible.
It is occasionally entertaining to have these characters back In our lives again. But actually it turns out they are obnouxious dicks.
Stiffler is still fucking funny however.
The perfect revisitation of these characters thirteen years on, no more, no less. Some of the story threads work better than others, and the same is true of the jokes. But chiefly, this (hopefully final) sequel retains the heart of the original, in all its infantile glory.
Not one of the best American Pie films, but it still had its moments.
Better than I remember it from the cinemas, this is the nostalgic last hurrah that the American Pie franchise needed. The situations that the guys get themselves in do feel more contrived than ever before, but the cast clearly love being back in their roles and the perils of adulthood really come through.
Bits of it feel like a roll call more than anything else, but it's great fun and very funny indeed.
Once again, Stifler is the one redeeming feature. Not big, not clever and definitely not funny.
This is unsurprisingly really thin soup, especially in the humour department, and the typical frat boy crap gets old in a hurry.
I don't think anyone, even American Pie fans (a group I would count myself a part of) had particularly high hopes for this sequel which essentially seems like an opportunity for the actors (many of whom have had less than stellar careers after the original films ended) to have a bit of fun and make some money. As such, it was with little surprise that I found myself sitting through a series of references to the original (and superior) movies and a load of childish sex jokes.
In fairness, this is not a terrible film: the characters are still fairly likeable and they have a bit more depth this time round as they struggle with the implications of growing up…
It's very funny and full of the kind of humor that everyone loves about American Pie, but it's a little tired. Great to see the cast back together though.
As good as the other films. There's funny moments. Laughably bad moments. And plenty of mediocrity. The most impressive thing about it all is that this B-Cast and continuously thin plots lasted for four movies. Kudos.
If you need a 1999 nostalgia fix, I guess this is your movie. It's nice to see some since-largely-vanished faces again, but the movie largely wallows in that nostalgia, offering up little new that takes these characters forward.
Come on Rotten Tomatoes 44%. American Pie is one of the funniest movies i have ever scene and i love the characters. So when i heard they were making a fourth one it was literally one of the best movie news i have ever heard. This film is packed with hilarious moments but it also has lots of heart and drama that never comes off as cliched or forced. The performances in this film are for the most part all good. Sean William Scott being the best as Stiffler, this guy owns the role and is one of the most quotable and funny characters in comedy history. Also Eugene Levy who is always funny no matter what hes in steals…
It as fun to revisit these characters, although I don't think we really needed to.
The film made me laugh much more than I had expected ,which is why it gets 3 stars.