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. This is...
Excerpt: Jim Levenstein (Jason Biggs) and his wife Michelle (Alyson Hannigan) return to East Great Falls, Michigan for their 13th high school reunion where Jim reconnects with his best friends from high school--Kevin (Thomas Ian Nicholas), Oz (Chris Klein) and Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas)--some of whom have changed dramatically and some, like the chronically immature Steve Stifler (Seann William Scott), not having changed at all since high school.
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.
Conclusion: 'American Reunion' is a pointless, aimless cash-in on a long dead series. It brings back the entire cast of characters, giving most of them a single scene and no real payoff or purpose. It takes a real special film to out-suck the previous 'American Pie' sequels, but this one does it. Readily. Handily. A passable Blu-ray disc can't overcome the film's inherent failings. Heck, I doubt if a demo-worthy disc would make this one even worth a look or blind buy.
Excerpt: So, the teens who watched the Pie kids fumble through sexual exploration while they themselves were sexually fumbling were also on board when the Pie-ers went to college a couple of years later. A couple of years after that, more than a few in the audience could likely relate to the notion of an American Wedding .
Summary: Rated, unrated, a double feature for those who dare... it doesn't matter which way you come at American Reunion . It's one sequel too many. Never mind the American Pie series' appeal, never mind its four maligned direct-to-video pseudo-sequels, never mind debating whether a fourth theatrically released film was even necessary.
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.
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...