Review: AMERICAN REUNION
Release date: May 2nd 2012
Cast: Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Chris Klein, Eugene Levy, Tara Reid, Mena Suvari, Jennifer Coolidge
If you fancy a trip down memory lane then American Reunion will take you right there: 13 years after the original American Pie was released the whole gang are now back together for their high school reunion.
What follows is a weekend of debauchery, misunderstandings and parental embarrassment. Nothing new there then except Oz, Finch, Jim and Kevin are a lot older, with more facial hair and with wives , girlfriends and children in tow.
Jim and Michelle now have a son and are looking at ways to spice up their love life, Oz is a famous sports commenter with a model girlfriend but his relationship comes into question when he sees high school sweetheart ‘choir chick’ Heather. Finch is still a mystery and looking for love. Kevin (now sporting a rather dubious beard) is married, yet is he still in love with Vicky? Stifler is of course along for the ride and while the rest of the gang are grown up with responsibilities the Stifmeister is still longing to recreate the high school adventures.
Of course any American Pie film wouldn’t be the same without Jim’s dad, who is now a widow and awkwardly trying to enter the dating scene, but still finding time to embarrass his son.
This is the first screenplay in the franchise not to be written by Adam Hertz (instead it is written Jon Hurwitz of Harold and Kumar fame and Hayden Schlossberg) and although there is no apple pie there is a heavy reliance on viewers being familiar with original, so much so that those not in the know may feel like they have been excluded from a private joke.
Despite there being 13 years since the release of American Pie the chemistry between the group still works extremely well, but for those looking for something more grown up then American Reunion should be avoided as juvenile comedy and immature shenanigans are still central to the humour of this film.
While American Reunion may remind you that you are no longer a fresh faced teenager it is worth seeing if you are in the mood for some nostalgia and a catch up with some old familiar friends!