Movie review: “American Reunion” does not surprise

By Mike Hricik


It’s more of the same for the latest installment of the “American Pie” series.

Just as many poop, semen and, yes, even penis mutilation for “American Reunion.”

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.


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