American Reunion (2012)

American Reunion

Directors: Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg

Writers: Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg, Adam Herz

Cast: Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Chris Klein, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Tara Reid, Seann William Scott, Mena Suvari, Eddie Kaye Thomas, John Cho, Jennifer Coolidge, Eugene Levy, Natasha Lyonne, Dania Ramirez, Katrina Bowden, Jay Harrington, Chuck Hittinger, Shannon Elizabeth, Chris Owen, Justin Isfeld, Neil Patrick Harris, Stevie Ray Dallimore, Kim Wall, Ali Cobrin

Synopsis: Jim, Michelle, Stifler, and their friends reunite in East Great Falls, Michigan for their high school reunion.

MPAA Rating: Rated R for crude and sexual content throughout, nudity, language, brief drug use and teen drinking

Warning: Contains Adult Language. Parental Discretion is Advised.

They're older, but it's still the same old gang at it again...

Although, I can't say that I agree with most people, when they claim the "American Pie" series ranks as one of the best comedy franchises of all time. However, I will admit that the movies do have their moments. The first one still obviously being the best out of all of them, but the sequels seem okay for what they are. Unfortunately, like most movie sequels, "American Reunion" suffers from the plaque of repeating the same various jokes from the previous films; while trying to add subtle twists to them, to make them seem more original.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to say that "American Reunion" is a bad film by any means. Far from it actually. No, I'm merely saying the film suffers from recycling the various jokes from the previous films, while offering subtle twists to some of them to make it seem more interesting.

However, that's not to say movie doesn't still manage to be funny all it's own, nor does it mean that there aren't some redeeming qualities here. The film allegedly takes places year later after the crew of "American Pie" have long since graduated high school. Some have gone on to do bigger and better things with their lives, while others have settled down to start a family.

"American Reunion" seems to deal with the concept of taking the characters from the series, and having them all meet up years later at their high school reunion. Some have obviously moved on with their lives; while others have chosen live in the past of their high school glory days like Stifler (Sean William Scott).

However, that's not to say that the ones that have moved on with their lives are completely happy. One of them has gone on to become a famous celebrity, and he happens to be dating a super model. I know most people would think he has it made, but as it turns out, he actually might be pining for an old flame of his from his past. Meanwhile, another one seems to be living an luxurious life of adventure, but is that really the case?

As for our usual main protagonist of the series, Jim (Jason Biggs), he's married with a child now. Sadly, this means that him and his wife barely have time for each other these days, and to make matters more interesting, a young high school girl, whom he used to baby sit when she was a child, happens to have a huge crush on him. As for Stiffler's mom, lets just say that father time has been generous to her, and she hasn't changed a bit with her ways. She still waits inside her bedroom at Stiffler's party; almost expecting some guy to walk in for her to snatch her seductive claws into.

To be honest, I wouldn't advise anyone to see this film in a theater, as "American Reunion" really doesn't offer you anything that you haven't seen before in the previous films. Most of the jokes they use are recycled ones from the previous movies, and most of the new ones are just twists on old recycled jokes from the previous "American Pie" films. Sure, there's a few new clever jokes here and there, but none of are as memorable as ones pulled off from the original movie. You have the usual masturbation and sex jokes that one would expect from an "American Pie" movie, but then again, you can't expect too much from these movies, as they were never meant to be taken seriously.

No, as any movie buff knows, these are the type of films your supposed to laugh at for good escapism purposes and nothing more. Anyone expecting anything more will always end up severely disappointed. Unfortunately, this also means that this film is fairly forgettable, since it fails to offer anything new to the table like the original "American Pie" did. Granted, I will admit that the jokes they use can be funny at times, but it's not enough to where I would say this is one of the best comedies that I've seen.

As for the acting in this movie, I thought everyone was pretty funny, and seemed to have performed their roles rather well. Jason Biggs still manages to pull off the neurotic nerdy protagonist well, while Sean William Scott relishes in the role of playing a complete dumb a** again in another chapter of the "American Pie" series. As for the rest of the film, it seems fairly well paced, even though some of the relationships that are explored, in this film, do seem a bit rushed, but it's never ruins the movie completely. No, I would merely call it a slight inconvenience at best.

Overall, if you're just looking for a good laugh, then I'd definitely rent this film on netflix or something. However, if it's still in theaters, then I wouldn't bother with it, as it's not worth the price of admission. In the end, I'd give "American Reunion" a solid two out of four stars. Good for a few laughs, but it's fairly forgettable, so chances are, I doubt we'll be talking about this film fifty years from now.....

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