Review: American Pie: Reunion

So, the latest in the American Pie franchise hit our shores this month, but is the first since The Wedding to show in cinemas – Band Camp and Beta House both being low-budget, straight-to-DVD fayre with just Jim’s Dad (Eugene Levy) carrying these on his  own. This time though, the original cast from the original trilogy are reunited (see what I did there?) for the first time in eleven years. And that’s pretty much the plot of the film too!

Just as you might expect, all the characters have grown up and gone their separate ways but have all arranged to meet up in their home town for the eleventh anniversary of their graduation. But when they get together all manner of hilarity ensues. It’s nowhere near original; there’s the obligatory Jim (Jason Biggs) getting naked in inappropriate places, lots of ‘dick and fart’ jokes and someone sleeps with a ‘MILF’ – though the outcome may surprise.

The film focuses on the nostalgia of the past and the feeling of being trapped in your life, being forced to grow up instead of being able to hold on to your teens, which is something a lot of the original audience who watched the first three movies could probably relate to at times. And what the film does is make you realise just how funny the preceding films were and how much they are re-hashing in this meal ticket for a lot of actors who really haven’t done a lot since The Wedding; I mean, when was the last time you saw Tara Reid, Jason Biggs  or even Mena Suvari starring in their own film lately, let alone any of the other main characters (Sean William Scott and Alyson Hannigan excluded)?

That said, it is a lot better than you might expect; there are a lot of laughs to be had and the ‘cringe moments’ are excruciating, but at points some of the cast look like they’re only there to pick up the pay cheque. The funniest moments are shared evenly between the male members of the cast with the girls just seeming to be there as objects to tempt the boys away from their marriages and stir up old emotions…the sentimental scenes being a bit vomit-inducing in places.

There is an opening for another sequel to be made, but I really think they should leave it at this last installment before it all gets really old. But in the wake of American Pie: Reunion I’m sure there will be more straight-to-DVD films for the die-hard fans.

I feel a bit like I’ve under-sold this film here so I’m going to reiterate that I did really enjoy it; in fact the script, set pieces and jokes really reminded me of the first three films. I think I just got caught up in the nostalgia for what has passed with these characters and yearned for a bit of the past.


2 Responses to “Review: American Pie: Reunion”

  1. Hated this film (see my trash-session), but nice write-up!

    • It’s not the best of the American Pie films, but it did remind me of being a teenager again. Though all the jokes were the same and it seemed to be a collection of skethes thrown together, but I didn’t expect much else from it really. I shall head over to yours now!

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