Watched Apr 08, 2012
James S’s review:
The original American Pie was definitely a product of its time. The 90's songs, the gross-out comedy elements and all the actors were fresh faced, enthusiastic and ready to take on the world. The directors tried to make their generation's Porky's and succeeded for the most part.
Fast-forward thirteen years and with the Pie franchise really run its course over the years, the cast and crew know that nostalgia is a powerful thing. They know, that if they get the ENTIRE cast of the original back, people will go see it. They know it's a cash grab, but hey, that's Hollywood.
So it was with trepidation that I went to see American Reunion. I loved the original when it first came out but time hasn't been kind to it over the years. This (hopefully last) sequel is probably the best sequel in the franchise but that's not saying much. I think it will connect with those who grew up with the original a lot more than others. It definitely hits the nostalgia notes over and over but when it tries to introduce anything new, it's pretty sloppy.
The filmmakers also fail to nail probably the most important element of the film - the reunion party. When it finally happens, it feels a little rushed and uninteresting. A missed moment.
However, with all that said, this film probably has the best heart of any of the sequels. The filmmakers behind Harold and Kumar at least understand there is a little left to milk out of the friendships and they manage to do it half decently.
But please, not more Pie films guys. Time to move on.