Review: American Reunion
This installment marks the fourth in the American Pie series that follows Jim Levenstein and his friends. Altogether this is now the eighth installment on the overall film series that started all the way back in 1999. It feels weird to say that the original came out that long ago, because then it makes me feel old. Granted, I am only twenty three years old, I remember when the first came out it started a big rage to see it. To my shock when I went to see American Reunion with friends the usher at the theater checked my I.D. to see if I was over eighteen. It upset me a enough to mention it here, I also realize it has nothing to do with the movie but I guess I haven't grown up just like Jim and his buddies in American Reunion. That is ultimately why people go to see these movies, we all go to see a group of guys be as stupid as possible and put themselves in horrible situations that can screw up their relationships with their significant others. In that sense, American Reunion is one of the better "bro-mance" movies of the year and may just be better than the recent 21 Jump Street.
The plot once again follows Jim Levenstein (Jason Biggs) as you see him and his wife Michelle (Alyson Hannigan) as they are well into their married life caring for their son. With the weight of caring for their son and work, their sex life and intimacy with one another as taken a hit. Right away before the opening credits roll, we are treated to a scene that shows this between Jim and Michelle as the two prepare to go to bed after they put their child to bed. It is a tad bit disgusting, but still funny and that is what you come to expect from a film series that is famous for a man trying to have sex with an apple pie. The next day Jim calls his old buddy Kevin (Thomas Ian Nicholas) from high school and the two talk about going to their high school reunion. Jim is reluctant but Kevin convinces him when he says the rest of the guys are going, such as Oz (Chris Klein) and Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas). We get a glimpse of each of their individual lives as Kevin is a stay at home architect and married to Ellie (Charlene Amoia, How I Met Your Mother cameo #1). While Oz is now a successful sports talk show host who did an embarrassing celebrity dance show to attempt to raise his stardom all under the advice of his model girlfriend Mia (Katrina Bowden). Not much is known of their friend Finch, and they all assume he is off making memories adventuring around the world. The group all meet each other outside of a bar in East Great Falls a few days before the actual reunion where they catch up on all times and are surprised to find some familiar faces in the bar. The bartender is Michelle's old band camp friend, Selena (Dania Ramirez), and Stifler (Seann William Scott) comes in later in the night for a drink.
Jim and Michelle decide to stay at Jim's fathers, Noah (Eugene Levy), who is still grieving from the death of his wife from three years ago. Jim, as he is grabbing the bags from the car, runs into his next door neighbor who he used to babysit when he was in high school, Kara (Ali Cobrin), who is now a sexy soon to be eighteen year old woman who clearly has a crush on Jim. The next day Jim and Michelle promise to have some private time to rekindle their romance that night, but Jim meets with the guys on the beach in the afternoon which of course extends through the night. Oz reunites with his high school love Heather (Mena Suvari) who is now working at a hospital and dating a heart surgeon named Ron (Jay Harrington). Kevin also is surprised to run into his high school love Vicky (Tara Reid). At night, the guys and girls, minus Michelle, go to the falls for a party which coincidentally is Kara's eighteenth birthday. When Kara sees Jim, she automatically assumes he came for her. Stifler takes it as an opportunity to hook up with some high school girls, which Jim refuses as he simply wants to return home to his wife.
If you have an interest to see the movie, or if you enjoyed the originals then I would reccomend it as it is probably one of the better American Pie films. However, if you are not a fan for a constant stream of d*** jokes or crude language then look elsewhere. Unlike 21 Jump Street, this film has a little bit more heart thanks to the relationship between Jim and Michelle, which is very realistic and the grief stricken Noah. It is also nice to see the entire original cast back from the first American Pie and even more so it is nice to see where their lives have gone. Stifler is still much less the same guy who is still just looking for a great party every night while the other guys are simply looking to grow up and support their family. The movie in all, is nothing special but it is good for a couple of cheap laughs here and there.
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