American Pie : Reunion
Review by Sean Lynch
While sequels are generally viewed as "beating a
dead horse", there
is a new trend in Hollywood of late of green lighting the "reunion
movie". Not a reboot, but a return.
We saw it with Tron Legacy, we'll
see it soon with Dumb & Dumber 2, and now we've got American
The good news is, it's a welcome return!
most of us will happily admit that American Wedding was devoid of any
memorable moments, there is something inescapable about the cultural
impact of the original film. It was, at least for my generation, the
1990s Sixteen Candles. Your enjoyment of American Reunion therefore
depends rather largely on your age.
I've read plenty of reviews
from those in their 40s and late 30s who would have been just exiting
their reliance on films for excitement as they entered into the world
of legal drinking. So for those of us in the 20 - 28 range who were 14
- 17 when the original films were released, American Pie and their
characters are monumental. They are the characters through which we
lived surrogate lives through.
Because of this, the nostalgia
factor alone plays a phenomenal role in the level of enjoyment you may
or may not find in this film. Hell, even the soundtrack took me right
back to my Year 8 head space (the American Pie 2 soundtrack still
floats around my bedroom) but purely because it played such a pivitol
role in my upbringing.
So let's get to brass tax, what's American Pie : Reunion all
about. 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
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.
plenty to like here, Sean William Scott's Stiffler is in stunning form
(truly one of the only stars that actually has comedic talent outside
of the good looks they were all originally cast for), while Eugene Levy
gives his best performance of the series - and, perhaps, the
The success of the film lays in the hands of Harold & Kumar
scribes Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg who know exactly who they
are writing for. There is a perfect mix of familiarity, wacky moments
and genuine emotion. They do their best with the limited acting
capabilities of Chris Klein and Tara Reid (who deserves an award for
her attempts at "sleep acting"), and thrive when introducing their
buddy John Cho (and out-and-out highlight machine as Milf Guy #2).
most impressive is their ability to have made a teen romp for adults.
It's something that shouldn't work, but somehow does.
plenty of laughs and good vibes to be had here (there were not one, but
two, rounds of applause at the Friday Night public screening I went
to), but will admittedly be enjoyed far more by those who lived with
these characters during their formative teens years.
It's good to have the gang back!
Pie : Reunion
Australian release: 5th April,
Site: American Pie : Reunion
Cast: Seann William Scott, Alyson
Hannigan, Mena Suvari, Katrina Bowden, Shannon Elizabeth, Tara Reid,
Jason Biggs, Chris Klein, John Cho, Jennifer Coolidge, Natasha Lyonne,
Dania Ramirez, Eugene Levy, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Eddie Kaye Thomas
Director: Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg