American Reunion Review


It was a long decade indeed without having a proper sequel to the franchise that would take us back to East Great Falls. American Reunion got here just in time for our guilty-pleasure high-meter vulgarity of old-fashioned no-more-teen comedy. Of course, with time passing, American Reunion was still able to preserve some of its initial charm it always had, but had a hard time explaining the odd numbers out in the equation.


A little over a decade after their graduation, the whole gang returns to East Great Falls for their high school 13th reunion. After reuniting and seeing how their lives turned out to be following marriage and mischief. When Jim (Jason Biggs) and Michelle (Alyson Hanningan) go back to Jim’s dad’s (Eugene Levy) house, Jim realizes his once next door-neighbour he used to babysit, is now a high school senior and she desperately tries to entice him to be her first. The plot line is not really what makes American Reunion shine. Being over-simplistic and superfluous at times, it’s the overcompensation of dick jokes and the trip down memory lane we get to take that will win you over.


Without going into spoilers or turning plot points, a few elements were amiss and understated. Just the fact that they couldn’t even explain why it was a 13th and not 10th high school reunion was preposterous, but I guess it’s the Studio’s fault for not vouching for an earlier sequel. Of course, it was satisfying to see some neglected characters from previous movies such as Oz (Chris Klein), considering his character wasn’t present in American Wedding. Although his part, like many others, was odd and inexplicably far-off to where we left him in American Pie 2, or Wedding for others. Same goes for Stifler (Sean William Scott) due to his development into the average-fellow stuck in an unfulfilling job felt like a huge step back from where things were left off previously.


Of course, the movie’s foundation, as always, is utilizing these characters’ failures and turning into an advantage point to where the boys gang up on one person to make them realize the insensitive ways of their action and unmoral decisions. Most of the plot line felt a little recycled and overused. Not that it wasn’t entertaining.
Jim’s dad was fully included and used as part of gang, but taking this situation with a somewhat dark element explaining what lead to the inclusion. This made the atmosphere a little shady at moments, and qualifies it as one of those out-of-the-blue moments that was out of tone with the rest of the series, especially for Jim’s dad’s “quest for sex”.


It was pretty neat how the characters’ were contextualized to modern social media and mirrored into how friends interact nowadays, since we left them 10 years ago, when none of this was part of our lives as well. Also with being challenged with today’s younger and snootier teens and trying to each having the last word in what lead to be handful of poop-situations (literally). These conflicts humanized Jim, Stifler, Kevin, Finch and Oz in both a mischievous and charming way.


That could almost seem like all these little elements could spoil a great reunion, but it really doesn’t. American Reunion does a good job at being faithful to its title and delivering the best cameos we all remember from all three movies. Regardless of all the dick, poop, sex, gay jokes and one full frontal nudity shot, it managed to be just as heart-warming as it was funny.


All the important elements that made the American Pie franchise successful, is now linked to melancholy and obviously belongs to our generation of youth that parted from high school within that time’s reach. Presumably, the movie was always going into that direction and no matter the inconsistencies, plot holes and underdeveloped characters, American Reunion was a nice testament to resolve the character’s journey into the completed adults they are now, just like us.


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