In 1999, best friends: Jim, Oz, Finch, Kevin and Stifler graduated from high school. They have all gone separate ways and are doing things with their lives. Jim and Michelle got married and have a son. Kevin is an architect who works at home and watches The Real Housewives with his wife. Oz is a sports caster who lives in LA with his hot model girlfriend, Finch is a world traveler. And Stifler is… well, Stifler. His mom made him get a job, so he works in a financial office.
Thirteen years later, the boys and girls are headed back to East Great Falls for their 13th High School Reunion, but not without bringing their adulthood baggage. Jim and Michelle are having marital problems. It’s not that they don’t love each other, but alone time has dwindled since the birth of their son. On top of that Jim’s mom has passed, so Jim’s Dad is having problems getting back into the saddle. Oz is happy with his job, but his girlfriend is as big of an embarrassment as she is eye candy. He also regrets moving to LA and leaving Heather behind. Kevin loves his wife, but hates the house husband role he has taken on since he works from home. He also still has feelings for Vicky. Stifler hates his boss, his job, and everything that doesn’t allow him to cut loose. And even though Finch is mysterious, he has even bigger secrets than the rest. Can the boys and girls enjoys their weekend or will all their secrets destroy their trip down Memory Lane?
Normally I have a bit more to write when it comes to explaining the plot and story to people, but with American Reunion there wasn’t that much of a story to write about. You pretty much know everything and then some from watching the trailers. If you have seen the previous three movies and even the three direct to DVD sequels, you know what to expect with the American Pie series: a lot of slapstick, rude, crude, dick joke humor. Now while the audience and myself laughed at multiple jokes and gags throughout the movie, it still felt like it was trying so very hard to do so.One hundred percent of the American Pie cast returned. Obviously the tier one characters have the main roles in the film, whilst the tier two characters have very brief cameos on screen for nostalgia’s sake but then are easily forgotten as quick as they showed up on screen. Example: the character of Jessica played by is on screen for a minute just to introduce her lesbian girlfriend to Kevin. Stifler interrupts and asks if he can watch them make out. End Scene. That’s unfortunately what every scene in American Reunion is. Something happens and Stifler adds his two cents. Another example is when the the boys get embarrassed on the beach, so Stifler shits in the bully’s cooler. In all honesty, as annoying as the character Stifler is, he makes the movie funny. And it seems that American Reunion just beats a dead horse when it comes to the Stifmeister.
American Reunion Sean William Scott as Stifler
plays Jim a.k.a the premature ejaculating pie fucker (watch Jay and Silent Bob Strike back for that reference), now a husband who still loves socks. plays Michelle, Jim’s wife, who went to band camp and currently enjoys the occasional hot bubble bath. Chris Klein is Oz and is so soft spoken, that I really found his voice annoying. Thomas Ian Nicholas is Kevin who only looks mature because he grew a beard. Eddie Kay Thomas is Finch who is so snooty you just want to punch him, sobered up I guess to come back and play Vicky, Mena Suvari plays boring Heather. The real stars of the movie are as Jim’s Dad and Sean William Scott as Stifler. Levy is just so innocent and wise, yet awkward and out spoken. He is just a lovable guy that you can really relate to as a father figure. But the man of the hour is Sean William Scott. This movie would have just been about four guys bitching and moaning for an hour and a half. Other than Jim jerking off into a sock watching internet porn or seeing his dick behind a glass pot cover, the other ninety percent of the jokes revolve around Stifler. Now don’t get me wrong, I do love the characters. Hell I think we all have grown up with them, not only in American Pie, but all their work this last thirteen years. But just like in the movie with the new group of high schoolers, the characters are old and boring.
American Reunion Jason Biggs as Jim
The movie was written and directed by the duo of Jon Hurwitz & Hayden Schlossberg. They are mainly known for writing the entire Harold and Kumar series and directing the last two, so these guys know funny. But if you have seen Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, then don’t be surprised with the kind of tired jokes in American Reunion. Side note – I did enjoy A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas.I know I bashed American Reunion a bit, and I didn’t mean to. I really didn’t want to. And I haven’t become cynical in my adulthood. Maybe I just expected too much. But let’s face it, the entire American Pie franchise at its core is like the National Lampoon movies of the past such as Animal House and Van Wilder, but even Bluto and Van Wilder had to grow up sometime. I’m going to leave it to readers to decide if they want to see American Reunion in theaters. Now don’t get me wrong, it has some very funny moments (wait for the credits for one) but that’s just it. It’s only moments that don’t cohesively flow together in a very weak story. If you want my recommendation, this is at best a bargain matinee flick. But I would just wait for it on rental or Netflix. If you want to really laugh, see 21 Jump Street if it is still playing in your area.
While many students often applauded and were falling out of their seats for the film, it was hard to distinguish the film from its three other related predecessors, which began with 1999’s raunchy teen comedy “American Pie.”The first entry into the series still remains the best in the series, though, of course, totally chauvinistic and bro-appeasing. “American Pie” had a crux to it that many prepubescent boys can relate to — the quest to lose one’s virginity.With “American Reunion,” the graduates of East Great Falls’ class of 1999 are back in town for their class reunion, but with more dubious intentions. This is a film that glorifies cheating on wives, disrespecting homosexuals and threatening minorities.
While this will obviously impress college boys, it often bordered on offensive and always dumbed down punchlines to the nth degree.The fantasy of Caucasian manhood did have some big laughs as male protagonists try to balance the responsibilities of adult life with the urges of their high school days.Jim (played by a bumbling Jason Biggs) still lives in not-so-happily ever after with his band geek wedded sweetheart Michelle (Alyson Hannigan), while other characters have lost touch with their high school dreams.Kevin (Thomas Ian Nicholas) and Vicky (Tara Reid) are coming to terms with their split; and Oz (Chris Klein) and Heather (Mena Suvari) remain distant, but still interested in one another.Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas) still pines for Stifler’s mom (Jennifer Coolidge), but may not be who he says he is.Stifler (Seann William Scott) and Jim’s dad (Eugene Levy) make their welcome returns to the cast, who compliments some cameos by celebrities and franchise favorites.Because of this, the film will be near-impossible for newcomers to understand with constant references to well-placed flutes and mashed up pies.No matter the predictability of the film, which thankfully breaks in scenes featuring a newly legal high school girl who Jim used to babysit, it probably won’t matter to “American Pie” fans. Just know that a college student’s money would be best saved waiting for the movie to show up in endless cable TV re-runs.