113 Min | Comedy | May 2012
IMDB Rating: 6.8
Directors: Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg
Starring: Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Seann William Scott
American Reunion Review: It’s been nine years since Jim and Michelle walked down the aisle together in “American Wedding”, and since then the franchise has been somewhat corrupted by the pitiful straight-to-video spin-offs with the “American Pie Presents” series with “Band Camp” and “The Naked Mile” to name just two. However, having personally chosen to neglect these straight-to-video shambles, I was one of many die-hard fans of the original anticipating the long-awaited ‘reunion’ of the original characters who had first captured our hearts in 1999 on the eve of their high-school graduation as they made a pact in desperation to lose their virginity before heading off to college. They reunited again in 2001 in “American Pie 2” as college fresh-men, still none the wiser from their experiences in the first film or from their spells in college. “American Wedding” seemed to be the final adieu until it was announced in 2008 that Universal Studios were planning to release a third sequel to the 1999 classic. The film went into pre-production in 2010 with Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg signing on to write and direct the film together.
In American Reunion, thirteen years has past since Jim, Oz, Kevin, Finch and Stifler graduated from East Great Falls. Jim and Michelle are still married, and are now parents, while Oz is a frustrated TV sports presenter. He and Heather have long since parted ways. Kevin is a stay-at-home husband while Finch has been travelling the world. Stifler is still living at home and partying it up, although he does work at an investment firm where he is bullied by his arrogant employer. The gang all reunite at the East Great Falls Class of 1999 reunion, and lay their lives out before each other as they discuss the ups and downs of adulthood and look back with nostalgia on the good old (but awkward and slightly embarrassing) high school days, while still engaging and finding themselves caught up in sticky and hilarious situations over the course of the weekend.
“American Reunion” should only be viewed with the regard that it will only really appeal to fans of the first three films as many of the jokes and situations tend to be rehashed versions that we’ve already seen. However, what really appeals to the fans of the series is the care that Hurwitz and Schlossberg have with the characters. This could have easily been a total disaster, but not only is the passage of time handled well (You have to remember that it’s been almost ten years since the Wedding), but the characters seemed to have been nurtured in the script and thanks to the brilliant performances from the original cast. This fourth installment will certainly satisfy fans, and is a welcoming piece of nostalgia.
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