Excerpt: Being either a dedicated reviewer or total glutton for punishment (you decide), I engaged in my own…pardon the expression, pie-eating contest and watched all seven films before going to the Reunion. And believe me, there is such a thing as too much pie. Reunion features more of the same sexual shenanigans, embarrassing situations, and gross-out humor that have become a familiar staple of the franchise.
Summary: Check out our coverage for other 'American Pie' Blu-rays: The original film (both the domestic and German import releases), the sequel ( 'American Pie 2' ), the original trilogy endcap ( 'American Wedding' ), and the most recent home video release.
Excerpt: The Film Direct-to-video spin-offs aside, it's been about 9 years since we've seen those crazy American Pie kids attend the American Wedding . Apparently, Universal had room for one more slice of Pie , and baked up American Reunion . All of the franchise's original characters are here, with some getting more screen time than others.
Conclusion: American Reunion attempts a relaunch but merely tacks on a dull, diluted sequel to a dulling, diluting franchise. If American Pie was the movie of your youth, the fourth series entry might prove fun. If the first film was already tumbling down your list of go-to '90s comedies, the cast's Reunion will only force it to fall further. Nostalgia is the only saving grace here, and even that's stretched to the limit. Universal's Blu-ray release is at least less disappointing.
Excerpt: In 1999, a movie came out that literally changed the face of teen comedies and even our pop culture as we know it. Allow me to explain. No, I’m not talking about The Matrix , though it could be argued that the Keanu Reeves film had as much impact on our society as American Pie . Yes, American Pie. What was touted to be another teen comedy actually turned out to have some heart and it’s inspired three sequels and four spinoffs under the “Amercian Pie” name.
Excerpt: Pointless seems to fit the description of American Reunion . After all, we don’t need to see Jason Biggs sexually humiliated on screen yet again. It’s not as if there’s character growth involved there, or at least not the type people want to see… The thing is, we expect to see him humiliated. We expect Stiffler to sex it up endlessly as the world’s most endlessly eligible bachelor.
Excerpt: When the U.S. made American Pie a hit 13 years ago, did we realize we were signing up for a decade-spanning commitment? It’s not like the characters in the by-turns vulgar and sweet original demanded we check in with them every couple of years to see how they were doing. In fact, once the central quartet of Thomas Ian Nicholas, Jason Biggs, Chris Klein, and Eddie Kaye Thomas succeeded in losing their virginity in the first film, their stories didn’t really have anywhere...
Excerpt: Try to imagine this. It’s 1999. Jim’s dad (Eugene Levy) catches his sexually curious son (Jason Biggs) raping an apple pie. Instead of disposing of the dessert, though, he places the molested pastry in a time capsule. The vault is sealed and buried in the yard, where the rotting slice grows stale, sticky and revoltingly indigestible. Thirteen years later, the capsule is opened. The pungent stench of moldy fruit and crusty ejaculation is enough to make you want to vomit.