American Reunion (2012)

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6.0 Overall Score
Story: 6/10
Acting: 6/10
Visuals: 6/10

Better than some of the sequels

Feels like more of the same

 
Movie Info

Movie Name:  American Reunion

Studio:  Relativity Media

Genre(s):  Comedy

Release Date(s):  April 6, 2012

MPAA Rating:  R

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All new masturbation hijinks!

They missed the tenth anniversary, but now the class is back for the thirteenth.  Jim Levenstein (Jason Biggs) and his wife Michelle (Alyson Hannigan) find their relationship is in a slump as Jim also tries to deal with his widowed father Noah (Eugene Levy).  Oz (Chris Klein) is a successful broadcaster with a model girlfriend…but still has feelings for Heather (Mena Suvari).  Kevin (Thomas Ian Nicholas) finds temptation with Vicky (Tara Reid).  Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas) has become the most interesting man in the world and Stiffler (Seann William Scott) is hiding his lackluster life by trying to reignite his sex craved past…the reunion is on and it is time for another piece of pie!

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Stifler always keeps your cooler full!

Directed by Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, American Reunion is sometimes called American Pie 4:  Reunion or American Pie:  Reunion.  The movie followed the theatrical American Wedding in 2003 and the straight-to-DVD American Pie Presents:  The Book of Love in 2009.

I never was a big fan of the American Pie movies.  I found them ok but not great (like many).  This entry in the series was a little different in that it felt like a bit of a change.  The characters are “adults”…and this both helps and hurts.

I like that there is some indication that the characters need to grow up.  I didn’t find a lot of their antics funny when they were kids so the same type of events happening as adults is even less funny (and realistic).  They are no longer cute…they are just kind of gross pervs.

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This happens every party

The movie reunites the original cast after a scaled back version in American Wedding.  The movie also manages to balance the film better with a less Stifler-centric plot.  I don’t feel Chris Klein is the greatest of actors but it is good to have his character back along with much of the supporting class…as someone who has gone to a few reunions, it is kind of fun to explore the weirdness of it…like encounters with the Sherminator.

The movie continues to look like something that could have been straight to video.  I figure at this point that most of the money to make the movie is spent on getting the cast back.  It is a comedy, but it looks like a cheap comedy.

American Reunion was a success and therefore I can’t see this trend ending.  I did feel this movie was a slight improvement over some of the other American films…emphasize slight.  I imagine that fifteen years from now we’ll be seeing Jim and Michelle’s kid having sex with a pie as the cycle begins again.

Related Links:

American Pie (1999)

American Pie 2 (2001)

American Wedding (2003)

American Pie Presents:  Band Camp (2005)

American Pie Presents:  The Naked Mile (2006)

American Pie Presents:  Beta House (2007)

American Pie Presents:  The Book of Love (2009)

Author: JPRoscoe View all posts by
Follow me on Twitter @JPRoscoe76! Loves all things pop-culture especially if it has a bit of a counter-culture twist. Plays video games (basically from the start when a neighbor brought home an Atari 2600), comic loving (for almost 30 years), and a true critic of movies. Enjoys the art house but also isn't afraid to let in one or two popular movies at the same time.

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