Thirteen years ago Adam Herz introduced us to the hilarious and raunchy teen characters of American Pie. Now fans of the film, Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg bring back the classic characters to see where their lives have taken them as they prepare for the thirteen year high school reunion in American Reunion. Wonder no more about what the thirty something Stifler, Oz, Jim and Michelle are doing. This film takes a nostalgic trip for every fan of the original and will have them leaving the theater with a smile.

The Players:

  • Director: Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg
  • Writer: Adam Herz (characters) Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg (screenplay)
  • Starring: Jason Biggs, Seann William Scott, Alyson Hannigan, Chris Klein, Mena Suvari, Tara Reid, Eddie Kaye Thomas
  • Cinematography: Daryn Okada

The Plot:

It’s the thirteen year (the reunion planner dropped the ball on the ten year) reunion for the class of ’99 at East Great Falls, Michigan. Jim (Jason Biggs) and Michelle (Alyson Hannigan) have a three year old son and a seriously lacking love life. They decide to head to the reunion to see friends and rekindle the romance. Once they arrive and meet up with the rest of the gang, especially Stifler (Seann William Scott), the old high school antics resume in a way that matches their age.

The Good:

  • The Familiarity: One of the best things in the film is the ease at which the actors bring these characters to life. Many of these actors are purely known for these roles and you can see everything click. Partly responsible for this are the writers. They managed to take these favorite characters and maintain who they are but also establish some growth and maturity. The homage moments to the previous films is also a really great touch.
  • Stifler: Everyone between the ages of 25-35 knows who Stifler is. Its nice to have this crazy character back on screen. Scott has managed to create quite a career playing this part. Even in his other films you get a taste of Stifler but nothing beats the real deal when he is given the opportunity to be raunchy, raw, and obnoxious. Don’t we all wish we could get away with being like that?
  • Eye Candy: Let’s be honest, one of American Pie’s strong suits was its eye candy. Yes, there is more for the male eye, but the women get their taste as well. This film has lots of pretty people and let’s not forget Tara Reid’s eyes. They are epic all on their own.
  • The Antics: The gang gets into plenty of ridiculous situations that constantly seem to get worse thus inducing a continual laugh track from the audience.

The Bad:

  • Loose Plot: The plot is fairly loose. Similar to my previous sentence, it is what it is. We follow Jim and Michelle’s love life, we follow past loves and whether they renew or stay in the past, and we follow the struggle to find an identity. Ultimately the laughter from the film quickly makes you forget that the plot is a bit weak, but those looking for a strong story should look elsewhere.

Overall:

American Reunion is exactly what fans of the franchise will want. It ranks up there right behind the original film and before the second and third films. The original is to kids from the 90’s what The Breakfast Club was to kids in the 80’s. I’m sure every BC fan would have loved to see a reunion. This is one reunion you should go to.

Rating: 7.5/10

American Reunion opens in theaters on April 6, 2012.