Cert: 15 Runtime: 113 mins Director: Jon Hurwitz & Hayden Schlossberg Starring: Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Chris Klein, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Tara Reid, Mena Suvari, Seann William Scott and Eugene Levy
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Back in my early teens I was a huge fan of teen comedy, American Pie being the pinnacle of them. It was so fresh and hilarious, when I heard about the reunion I was excited to see what was going to happen. We find the original cast living life over ten years after the original film. Jim (Jason Biggs) and Michelle (Alyson Hannigan) are having a few marital issues and raising a kid. Stiffler (Seann William Scott) is working a job as a temp, dealing with an a-hole boss. Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas) has become a mystery of sorts. Oz (Chris Klein) is a big shot sportscaster with a supermodel girlfriend. And Kevin (Thomas Ian Nicholas) is a stay at home husband, slash architect. The group returns for their high school reunion and reconnect with each other and their fellow classmates. But this is a film that is as much about the audience seeing it as it is about our favorite foursome. As stated, the film isn’t remarkable in the plot sense. Unlike the previous films, there isn’t a big endgame to cling to. There’s no goal of losing virginity like the first film, finding true love like the second film, or having a successful wedding like the third film. Instead, these characters just deal with being back in their hometown and their own individual issues.While I don’t think American Reunion is the best of the franchise, it’s still very enjoyable and has some great moments. The opening scene is hysterical and easily one of the best moments of the entire franchise. The film plays off many of the same gags that the first 3 films did. While it doesn’t really offer anything new, these gags are still pretty funny for the most part. The film did a really good job of capturing the humor and sweetness that the original films did. The film also managed to improve on one of the series biggest flaws which was not dragging jokes out for too long. The jokes here never dragged out too long and feel like they are given just the right amount of time on screen. I highly recommend though that you see the first three films though before this one since many of the jokes and moments reference events from the original films.
Unfortunately, American Reunion does have a good amount of flaws to it. The films biggest flaw is that it doesn’t remain constantly funny throughout. While there were some really funny moments, there were some pretty big gaps between them. These gaps would at worst be as long 10 minutes that would consist of no laughs or light chuckles. There was a party scene in the films first act that went on for a bit too long and I actually found myself starting to get bored. This also causes the film to feel uneven, especially during the second half when some more of the dramatic elements are added in. Even though the American Pie films have always had drama, this one at times felt like it had a bit more drama than it really needed. The film is also nearly two hours and feels a bit too long. They could’ve cut out about a good ten minutes of footage. This film would’ve been fine if it had a runtime of around 105 minutes which seems much more suited for this type of film. Overall, despite it’s flaws, American Reunion is still another good addition to the American Pie franchise. Ranking among the others, this film is my third favorite in the series next to American Pie and American Wedding. The film has some of the best moments of the franchise and will not disappoint the fans. Its unfortunate, that it’s flaws keep it from being what could’ve been the best entry in the franchise yet. Die hard fans of the franchise will love it while those who haven’t will still find it to be a decent comedy. At it’s core, it really just is another American Pie film, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.