Movie Review: American Reunion

After 13 years, and two main-series sequels, not counting all the shitty spinoffs, the class of 99′ return to celebrate one last time in American Reunion.

The film brings back the fantastic five known as Jim (Jason Biggs), Oz (Chris Klein), Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas), Kevin (Thomas Ian Nicholas), and of course Stiffler (Seann William Scott), whom get together for their high school reunion 13 years after the debut of the original American Pie. Jim has finally settled down with Michelle (Alyson Hannigan) and have a 2-year old son named Evan. Oz is now a sportscaster celebrity in Malibu with a hot model girlfriend. Finch was reportedly missing, but upon turning up at the gathering, we learn that he’s seemingly been travelling the world, but also carries an embarrassing secret. Kevin is an architect from home, and token “housewife”, as labelled by Jim. And the Stiff-meister, well he’s working at a global security firm, but doesn’t take his job too seriously and gets in trouble with his young boss a lot.

The gang reunite at a bar in East Great Falls, where they plan to party all the way up till their reunion. Obviously things don’t go according to plan, as the gang finds themselves getting in to trouble with the local teenagers as they try to find their inner party animal, and old flames stir up again between both Oz and ex-girlfriend back-in-town Heather (Mena Suvari), Kevin and ex-girlfriend Vicky (Tara Reid), and Jim who is being hit on by a girl he used to look after when he was a babysitter, now grown-up and 18-years of age, Cara (Ali Cobrin). This reunion is sure to be a memorable one, indeed.

So what were my first impressions of Reunion? Well I have to give praise to the series for returning to its roots in every way imaginable. Reuniting old characters, stirring up old romances, and of course the classic wacky antics of 5 long time friends. A late 90s classic, and when these characters reunite, it’s like times haven’t changed, and for some characters, they haven’t aged a bit. Die-hard, long time fans of the series will absolutely enjoy this movie, no doubt, and probably give praise to the idea of its “return to its roots”. Sadly the film’s story and the humor hasn’t aged much, and probably won’t appeal to newcomers to the series.

This film set the tone for the 90s, as it brought in a new wave of raunchy comedy, that films such as Superbad, Knocked Up and the recent 21 Jump Street have since modernized. Fans of the series will definitely feel a nostalgia when watching this film.

Top Row (from left to right): Kevin, Heather, Finch, Oz, Stiffler
Botton Row (from left to right): Michelle, Jim, Vicky

There isn’t really much to say on this movie. I enjoyed it not because of the movie itself, but the idea and the concept that surrounds these characters. A series like this with characters so rooted and drawn together makes you start to think about your own friendships in life, and whether or not 13 or however many years down the line, you can say you got back together and let the good times roll once again with your friends. What I enjoyed seeing was the modernization of the American Pie series in comparison with the characters who still seemed to be living in that 1999 mindset. Sure they have Facebook and Twitter, but the characters still seemed oblivious to the concepts of modern-day partying and cell phones without wires. It seemed like they were being made out to seem older than they actually are, when in reality times have really changed a lot since the 90s, and some of the same humor and attitudes that were deemed normal in that era won’t translate well at a party in 2012.

My favorite scenes from this movie had to be anything where the five guys were together. But who could forget Jim’s Dad (Eugene Levy), and any of the scenes that mimic the original film where he tries to give his son advice about girls, but this time its 13 years later, and its good to see things haven’t changed between the two. The awkwardness between these two characters about such a personal topic is one of the things that made American Pie lovers laugh out loud in their seats.

Another interesting fact, I love how they were able to recreate the characters on the posters for the movie. 13 years later, and its reflective of how much things haven’t really changed.

American Pie – 1999                                              American Reunion – 2012

I can’t say I enjoyed the movie for its story, but I can enjoy it because it reminds me of my own friends and how much we should all cherish the friendships we have. Sadly its an imperfect film, but still receives praise for references to the original. I also wished there was more pie in this movie. I miss the pie.

Final Score: 7.5 out of 10

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