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It's been thirteen years since the American Pie boys first set out on their quest to lose their virginity, let alone giving us the most memorable use of a baked good ever. Homaging the likes of "Porkys" and "Animal House" it opened the doorway to new era of comedic filth, as a host of imitators attempted to top (and largely failing) what "American Pie" started with mixed results. Meanwhile the cast would go on to varying degree's of career success as well as for some of the cast a more memorable career meltdown, while the series rolled on with one shot DTV films as the studio attempted to wring every last dime out of the franchise. Still someone must feel like there was still money to be made from the franchise, as the original cast are reunited for what is now the eighth film in the series, as the boys return to their hometown for their high school reunion, with the boys all having ventured off on their own paths. Jim (Jason Biggs) and Michelle (Alyson Hannigan) are still married, Oz (Chris Klein) has become a low rent sportscaster with a supermodel girlfriend, Kevin (Thomas Nicolas) has become a house husband (aswell as growing a stupid looking beard), while Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas)has spent the last few years traveling the globe. It would seem however that the only person who hasn't changed since High School is Stiffler (Seann William Scott) who is still rooted in his usual vulgar ways, while working a temp office job for a boss who might be even more obnoxious than he is. As you can see it's hardly the most original of plots and more an excuse to bring back the original cast, who we last saw together in "American Pie: The Wedding". Still seeing how most of the cast haven't exactly been setting the world on fire as of late with perhaps the exception of Hannigan and Thomas, who have both had regular TV work. Scott meanwhile has continued to make a name for himself playing lovable doofs, aswell as the occasional jaunt into more serious as seen in the seriously underrated "Southland Tales". Still despite perhaps not setting the acting world on fire, the cast still all bring enthusiastic performances to the roles which made them stars to begin with. Now while the years might have passed since they were together last and though they may be trying to make their way in the real world as responsible adults, it's clear however that some things never change and it's only a matter of time before mishap find them once again, from being harassed by the new generation of high school jocks, to trying to smuggle a half naked girl back into her house, proving once more that some things never change. What certainly hasn't changed is the fact that Jim is still essentially the writers bitch, though while the first film featured misfortune to the group as a whole, over the course of the first two sequels the balance has slowly shifted so that Jim was on the receiving end of the majority of it. The balance now however is non existent for if misfortune is afoot it seems to be always be Jim that is the receiving end, be it a spontaneous S&M session with Michelle being interrupted by Kara's jealous boyfriend or waking up naked from the waist down in his kitchen, though the last one does allow the world to see Jim's penis, so fun times for anyone who actually wanted to see it. The main problem the film suffers from though is the lack of central plot, especially as nostalgia will only stretch so far and with no real goal for the boys outside of making it to the reunion. As a result the boys seemingly go from situation to situation without seeming to actually achieve anything or progress any further from were they started, especially when the film seems more content on tying up loose ends, such as Kev and Vicky's (Tara Reid) relationship aswell as finding out what happened to Oz & Heather (Mena Suvari) who were both noticeably absent from "American Pie: The Wedding" as of which further smacks of further nostalgia. Meanwhile the sole dilemma's we do get involving Michelle and Jim's lack of sex life and Jim's dad trying to get back in the dating game, while stretched across the film still feel minor and far from anything resembling a strong central plotline. With original writer Adam Herz having stepped away from scripting the franchise after part 3, it was kind of surprising to not see him return to the franchise; especially as this latest additional to the franchise has been given a cinema release. Still "Harold & Kumar" scribes Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg are a great replacement, especially with "Harold & Kumar" being by far the strongest franchise to follow in the wake of the original "American Pie" release and certainly has come the closest to topping the original film. Sadly not even they can pull out anything special here, though no doubt thanks to them John Cho who got possibly his most memorable role playing Harold in "Harold and Kumar", get his previous cameos as part of the MILF chanting duo upgraded to a supporting role. The main problem they do have is that in taking established characters on their forth outing, they have been left with little that they can put them through, while the nostalgia requirement does nothing toward helping them add their own stamp on the series. Bizarrely as self confessed fans of the series they have also chosen Stifler, as one of the main focuses of the film, in particular his seeming refusal to grow out of his high school self, as he clings onto the glory days while believing that he can still be the same obnoxious jerk he was back then. Now while this might provide most of the films funny moments, it does seem tinged with an almost element of sadness that he is still living in his own world, while those around him have grown up and moved on. It's an interesting choice to portray him in this way, especially when he works best as the loud mouth hanger on, though some fans might find it slightly hard to attribute any emotion other than "Permanently Horny" with this character. While the film might have it's share of laughs, it's clear that the franchise has severely run out of steam and more importantly ideas, especially highlighted when the funniest moment is watching Stifler taking a dump in a cooler, while the other humour relies on referencing the first three films, such as a post coital Jim and Michelle discovering a flute lying nearby, as references are frequently less subtle nods and more sledgehammer blows to the face, especially when Hurwitz and Schlossberg are so keen to bring back every minor supporting character, even if it's for nothing more than a glorified cameo appearance, as seen by the return of Jenny, Foreign exchange student Nadia and more memorably the sherminator! Even though is stated to be the final "slice", I already have no doubts that this film making money will lead to it being followed by another sequel, but at this point the pie is so thinly sliced and audience so heavily bombarded with this style of crass and gross out shock humour that it's certainly a lot harder to show them something which hasn't been done before. Still as a nostalgia trip its fun enough, but like my own high school reunion it's far from the fun experience promised.
The first American Pie film was a huge hit for me, the others were good too but didn't quite match up to the standard of the first. When I found out they were making this American Pie - Reunion film, I was quite excited to see where this film would go. Jim Levenstein is now married to high school sweetheart Michelle and they have a two year old son together. Married life is really getting to them and they are looking forward to the upcoming school reunion. It has been 13 years since they had all left school so everyone has grown up and their lives have moved on. Jim and Michelle go to stay with Jim's dad, his mum passed away 3 years previous so Mr Levenstein is pleased to have them round. The couple arrive a couple of days early, when Jim arrives he goes to meet his old pals, Kevin, Oz, Finch and not forgetting Stifler. The guys all catch up on each other's lives and look back through the high school year book to see how much they had changed. The reunion is coming up fast but does being back home around old friends, drinking and women get the better of them? My favourite aspect of the film is definitely the cast. All the originals from the first films are back and no one is different. I was a little surprised to see even the characters that only had small roles in the first films included but it definitely makes the film what it is. It was nice to see the MILF guys although troubled with one another and there's a nice twist with Stiflers mum. I don't think the film would have been too appealing without this cast even though their acting skills haven't really improved. I think the storyline is quite weak, we know everyone has moved on and got their own grown up lives now and there is an upcoming big high school reunion but other than that the storyline doesn't have much depth or oomph to it, a lot more could have been done with the whole Jim and Michelle tough marriage thing, which is a little disappointing. Even with the lack of storyline, the film will still grip you as it is full of laugh out loud moments, within the first 5 minutes I was laughing uncontrollably! One of my favourite bits is actually after the credits starts to role so if you do watch it, don't turn it off as soon as the names come up! Any fans of the original American Pie need to watch this, not just because it is a great film, but the nostalgic feeling to it is fantastic. If it wasn't for being a fan or even seeing the first films, I don't think I would have found it that appealing.
When American Pie was released in 1999, it was highly acclaimed. Capturing the ideologies and nightmares of college students and coming of age dramas in one hour and a half comedy sitting, it made stars of its cast and gave hilarious cringeworthy memories to all teens coming of age who watched it. The subsequent inevitable barrage of sequels never really managed to get anywhere near this in terms of quality. Part of me thinks it's the originality of the whole thing but in all honesty they were just rubbish films! Along comes American Reunion though, as if the creators have finally realised that this is the only way that they'll produce another successful film in the series. The other way this will happen is by providing similar hilarious embarrassing situations that you can see coming a mile off and know that there's nothing you can do to prevent them from happening. There are these in abundance in this film. Of course, it helps that the lead characters haven't lost their edge as a group, and this is the first time that we've actually had them all together in a similar situation to the first one and therefore being able to approach similar levels of hilarity and embarrassment. The makers of the film are clearly wise to the age difference now though. When the original cast were in their teens (or at least the characters were!) then the sort of things that would happen to that age group were the sort of things that the film focused on. Now they're all thirty-somethings or thereabouts, there's an opportunity to progress things and focus more on the sort of embarrassing things that could happen to that age group - fears of impending middle age, the ties of parenthood or the worries of time running out for parenthood, and yes: STILL being embarrassed by your parents! The original cast pretty much all make appearances: Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan and Sean William Scott have probably experienced the most success, although Tara Reid (who still can't act, bless her) has managed a successful B movie career. Chris Klein, Mena Suvari and Eddie Kaye Thomas all have decent film records too, while EUgene Levy and Jennifer Coolidge have become iconic as Jim's inappropriate father and Stifler's Mom respectively. The cast, I have to say, don't seem to have lost their edge as a collective group, and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing them all back on the screen again. They're just better when all together, and that's probably part of what the rest of the American Pie films have lacked. The comedy and humour have perfect timing, and the variety and volume are very high. A lot of it is puerile, as you may expect, but anyone who was a fan of the original film and was around the same age should appreciate this just as much. It doesn't have the originality of the first film but then nothing ever will. What this does have is one of those feel good elements where the cast are recognisable and it's like seeing a bunch of old friends you haven't seen in a while and feared you never would again. This one's worth a watch. In fact, if you haven't seen any of the films, then I would suggest watching the original 1999 American Pie and then head straight to this one. Forget everything in between. Recommended.
I am a big fan of the American Pie films and I think I have them all on DVD. Therefore when I saw a reunion film was being released I was quite excited however I was also concerned that there could well be too much of a good thing. This film is the fourth instalment in the American Pie series and it focuses on the gang 13 years after they graduated from high school in the first film. This is a film only review. ==Plot== The film opens with a low view of a bed bouncing up and down. The camera zooms in and you as a viewer are left wondering exactly what is going on in the bed! However, we soon learn that Michelle is actually bouncing up and down on the bed to get hers and Jims son, Evan off to sleep. Once he is asleep she decides to go and have a bath leaving Jim online. Now, of course Jim cannot just simply be online whilst his wife is out of the room and otherwise engaged for a while. He is going to make the most of his time and quickly logs onto watch some adult content! Even then of course wakes up and Jim panics, doing all different things to stop his son from seeing what was going on. We learn that a reunion has been planned for the gang and Jim and Michelle are both going. They are looking forward to their time away and Jim especially is looking forward to seeing his old friends. But have they all grown up and moved on with their lives or are they just as immature as they were all them years ago? ==Opinion== The opening scene of the film is typical American Pie and as soon as we have seen the events in the house that evening I was quite certain that this film was going to follow exactly the same sort of path as the other three films! I was concerned that this film would be one step too far and that they should have left it at three. However, I thought this film was really strong. The plot was interesting and very funny and it was great to see the gang back together. There was plenty of new material and although a number of references are made to the other three films I do feel that you could watch this without seeing the others. The humour is of course what American Pie is best known for and this film certainly does not disappoint. I found myself laughing throughout and I really enjoyed seeing what predicaments the gang ended up in this time. It was brilliant to see all of the old faces back together once more and strangely enough none of them seem to have aged that much! However, they are all very like their high school selves and it was really nice to see this shine through. The acting in the film is of a very high standard. A lot of the faces in the film are known for American Pie only and all actors and actresses perform to an equally high standard as one another. ==Additional Information== The film was released in 2012. It is rated a 15. It runs for 113 minutes. It stars Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Chris Klein, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Tara Reid, Seann William Scott and Eddie Kaye Thomas. ==Summary== A brilliant reunion film that continues the high standard of the original three films. Definitely recommended.
Despite this being released almost 2 years ago, I only got round to watching it on DVD last week. It is certificate 15, and directed by Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg. It runs for 113 minutes. All of the original American Pie characters are present - Michelle (Alyson Hannigan), Jim (Jason Biggs), Oz (Chris Klein), Heather (Mena Suvari), Vicky (Tara Reid), Stifler (Seann William Scott), Jim's dad (Eugene Levy), Kevin (Thomas Ian Nicholas), Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas) and a few of the other regulars like Nada, Stifler's Mom etc. The film is based 13 years after the gang graduated and follows the main 5 characters though is mostly from Jim's viewpoint/story - he has now married Michelle and they have a 2 year old son. The reunion takes place in their old hometown and the guys decide to have a weekend of fun, ending with the reunion. It seems that none of them bar Stifler still live in the same place - Oz is now tv famous, and the rest all seem to live far away from each other. However it is nice to see all the old faces getting together, including some of the regulars like Jessica, Nadia etc. It's nice to see what they have all been up to and how they have changed. The weekend sees most action for the male characters as it is them who go out together. There's a few bits about first loves and old flames, plenty of the typical comedy moments and sexual innuendo, much like all the other films. The film sees all the characters reflect on the past 13 years and their futures and come to various realisations. The film contains a lot of profanity and sexual comments. There is also a fair amount of nudity although most of this is concentrated in a few scenes that run together. I was surprised this was a 15 certificate due to the nudity (which is male and female bits). All in all, it's not the best film in the world but it is worth a watch, particularly if you enjoyed the original films. Nice to see the old cast back together one last time and find out what they've been up to.
I loved the first 2 American Pie movies but was disappointed with the most recent ones including cinema release American Pie - The Wedding. Yet after a busy start to the week I decided to go and see this last night hoping it might cheer me up. I had seen a trailer for it which was funny but assumed those might be the only funny bits and was expecting to be a bit disappointed. It was released on Friday 11th May in UK and is directed by Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg. **Plot** The film follows the usual group of 5 friends who we have followed in the other 3 films. However in this film they have grown up and all moved on with their lives since graduation 13 years ago. As always the film focuses on main character Jim (Jason Biggs) who is now married to his high school love and has a 2 year old son. A high school reunion is arranged and all the guys decide to go back to their hometown. Jim and Michelle stay with his father who is now a widower following his mothers' death 3 years before. The guys are reunited and have an action packed weekend at home including all the usual elements - alcohol, women & banter. The weekend ends with the reunion party and by then there are various questions looming about the future of the guys who have all come to different realisations during their visit back home. **My Opinion** Despite going in thinking this was going to be rubbish, I actually really enjoyed it. It was everything you would expect from this type of film, hilarious moments, gross moments, nudity etc and followed the same routine as the previous films, however it was funny enough to pull it off. Plus I liked the fact that in this film they are no longer high school age yet get thrown into that lifestyle again, somehow this made it funnier than when they were actually high school students. This also made it a bit different from the previous films meaning it wasn't too much of a repetition. The acting was pretty poor, none of the cast of American Pie we're ever amazing actors and I'm not aware that any of them have been particularly successful in film. However they don't really need to be great actors in a film like this which doesn't really take itself seriously anyway. Despite this some of the cast stood out as better than the others, for example Jim (Jason Biggs) and Michelle (Alyson Hannigan) who were ok. However at the same time some of the characters stood out as being particularly awful such as Kevin (Thomas Nicholas) who I've also thought was a particularly poor actor in these films despite playing quite an easy character. And his ex-girlfriend Vicky (Tara Reid) is also quite poor in this film and comes across as a bit forced and unnatural. The poor acting didn't really matter too much though as the comedy within the film distracted from this. I always liked the soundtracks of the original films which consisted of Blink 182 / Sum 41 teen rock. So I was really pleased when similar songs were used for this film too. **Overall Opinion** This is a funny film which uses all the usual teen comedy ingredients that you expect from American Pie films yet still manages to be a bit original and different from the others. I really enjoyed it and had a good laugh which was all I wanted from the film. Don't go to this if you want anything deeper than this, but if you fancy a laugh and reminisce on the American Pie films then I'd recommend it.
They're back! Or more specifically, and importantly, Stifler's (Seann William Scott) back! And so is Jim's dad (Eugene Levy)! And so is Stifler's mom (Jennifer Coolidge)! Do we really care about anyone else? A lot of the comedy that sticks to our mind revolves around these three characters, and with "American Reunion," these three are the ones who once again steal the show, and remind us why the "American Pie" franchise was such a hit. It was a daring, non-apologetic and yet frank portrayal of teenage life, correctly centred around alcohol, drugs and sex. It was at times vulgar, some events even made us reach for the sick bucket. But what do you expect with uninhibited teenagers? A lot of ill-advised experimentation is bound to occur especially in the midst of one of American cinema's youngest icons, Steven Stifler. With "Reunion" the characters have aged. Their lives have changed and no longer revolve around having to go to school. Instead they have their jobs, serious adult relationships, and for some, kids. Jim (Jason Biggs) and Michelle (Alyson Hannigan) now have a young boy, and have very little time to spend for themselves. Oz (Chris Klein) is a hot-shot sports news anchor working in L.A. with a smoking hot new girlfriend. Kevin (Thomas Ian Nicholas) is a stay-at-home architect completely devoted to his wife who makes him watch the likes of "Gossip Girl," "Real Housewives" and "The Bachelorette." And of course, Stifler...he now has a job. No, really, he does. He is an intern doing grunt work for his boss. But even with a job, it's clear Stifler hasn't grown up one bit, hitting on women in the workplace with his usual, crass practice. Bringing them all back is the high-school reunion, class of '99. Old flames reunite, familiar faces pop up, and in Jim's case, a young girl he used to babysit who has now grown up to become an attractive 18 year-old. She has a birthday party down at the nearby beach, which the gang decides to crash. And of course, Stifler cannot control himself when he sees a group of bikini-wearing high-school chicks. His shameless wooing attempts include his vocal passion for the Twilight books (including this blatant lie "New Moon is my favourite"), which he obviously has barely glanced at. All the characters are exactly as you would expect them to be, doing and saying exactly everything that is required of them, and although there is a whole lot more focus on the male members than on the highly underused female cast, a lot of the gags work because of the film's loyalty to the characters its predecessors have successfully created. Their living situations have changed, but they seem to remain true to themselves, with actors who look more than comfortable slipping back into the roles they originated over 10 years ago. There have been numerous direct-to-video sequels in between the "Wedding" and this "Reunion." It's been a long wait, but it certainly feels nice to have them back. Of course, just because they're older doesn't mean you're exempt from experiencing life's fair share of embarrassing moments. As one gross-out gag after another starts piling up, the laughs keep on coming, and although there isn't anything particularly original or ground-breaking about the film's humour, what "American Reunion" is not afraid to do is tell the similar jokes relying on the cast's ability to deliver them. The previously mentioned three outrageous individuals are the ones who are guaranteed to steal the show, although the rest of the cast can competently hold their own, including the newest addition to the group, Katrina Bowden, as the blonde, party-obsessed, horny bimbo who is Oz's latest conquest. Trying to squeeze in quieter drama in the midst of all the chaos that arises from the gang's arrival back in their hometown, the film's frequent missteps originate from trying to attach dull life lessons and deeper themes into the many comedic moments. Yes, friendships can last forever, that girl you left heartbroken still loves you, you really do love your wife and would do anything for her, you're older, more mature, and there must act like it, life sucks sometimes but you get through it etc, these painfully obvious messages are dragged out through revelatory conversations characters share in unnecessarily drawn-out scenes that unfortunately contribute to the 113-minute running time. We know exactly who will end up with who, but the film insists on trying to keep the viewers guessing, albeit very unsuccessfully, and instead plagues the many crucial moments of the film's fast-paced wit with sudden narrative breaks. Fans loyal to the franchise will no doubt enjoy the latest entry and the outrageous events on offer. They will embrace their favourite characters with open arms because very little has changed, and the film is all the better for that. There is also a chance that even newcomers may be enticed by this surprisingly accessible, hysterical comedy. Yes, their stories have been told many times over the years, but it's not as though the plot is so complex that it would be difficult to follow the numerous players involved in the franchise. Each character has such distinct features, such unique quirks that it would be more than easy to get wrapped up in their little world of eccentricities and absurd behaviours. Rumour has it that "Reunion" may be the last entry to the franchise. And as a final, conclusion piece, it doesn't disappoint, and certainly ticks all the right boxes to neatly wrap everything up, provide us with some unexpected but pleasant surprises, and leave the series on a high. It may not reach the heights the original managed to all those years ago, but the fourth outing is not a crushing disappointment, which in itself is quite an achievement given how sequels can often flop in terms of quality. So enjoy the latest piece from the "Pie" gang, have a laugh, try not to be horrified by the many, many disgusting acts that take place. There is a lot of fun to be had just hanging out with the easy-going guys and girls of the original, and even a hint of nostalgia isn't a bad thing in a film filled with tender moments of further growth. But most importantly, the film remembers to have fun, and chances are, you will too.
About the film American Pie - Reunion is the fourth film in the original series of American Pie films. It was released on 2nd May and has a run time of 113 minutes. American Reunion is rated 15 due to scenes of a sexual nature, drug use and bad language. Plot It has been thirteen years since high school finished and now, the gang return to East Great Falls, Michigan. As they all get reacquainted, everyone discovers what has been happening after high school and who has been doing what. Things have certainly changed for everyone since they were eighteen. Back in 1999, it was four boys on a quest to lose their virginity. Now, the girl next door and the one who Jim used to babysit, is a cute high school senior looking for the perfect guy to lose her virginity to. Putting this group of guys back together even for a weekend promises to result in crazy antics and being reminded of what it was to be a teenager! Cast Jason Biggs as James "Jim" Levenstein Alyson Hannigan as Michelle Flaherty-Levenstein Thomas Ian Nicholas as Kevin Myers Chris Klein as Chris "Oz" Ostreicher Seann William Scott as Steve Stifler Eddie Kaye Thomas as Paul Finch Tara Reid as Victoria "Vicky" Lathum Mena Suvari as Heather Eugene Levy as Noah Levenstein (aka "Jim's Dad") Jennifer Coolidge as Jeanine Stifler (aka "Stifler's Mom") Dania Ramirez as Selena What I thought I wasn't too sure what to expect from this film. I loved the first three American Pie films but didn't see any of the straight to DVD released. I wondered how the cast would do now that they're older and I wondered if the film would be as funny as the original trilogy. Now that the gang are older and have had some experience in the real world, their characters have also slightly changed, though not dramatically. Instead of being all about the humour and crude jokes, this film does try to add in something a little more meaningful throughout. Unfortunately though, this does take away from the smooth running of the plot and makes it feel a little disjointed at times. The more dramatic moments take away from what this film should have been - a pure comedy. I didn't mind these moments too much though but I don't think that they were particularly needed. Although the characters are older, some of them are still as immature, Stifler in particular. Where the other characters have grown up, gotten real jobs and lives, Stifler is still the same man he was thirteen years ago. Many of the jokes in this film do revolve around Stifler and his 'I can do what I want and get away with it' attitude and while they were funny, there didn't need to be as many. I do love Seann William Scott as an actor though and he is really funny in any role that he takes on so it was nice to see him go back to one of his most famous roles. When it comes to the rest of the cast, I was slightly disappointed with some of the character development. Kevin, played by Thomas Ian Nicholas was seriously disappointing. Kevin is now a stay at home architect that is devoted to his wife and watching girly TV shows. Honestly, his character was so boring that I wish he hadn't been included in the film again. I didn't particularly like him the first time around though as he just wasn't as fun as the other characters and this hasn't changed over time. However, it was nice to see him and Tara Reid on screen together again. Jim and Michelle, played by Jason Biggs and Alyson Hannigan respectively, will always be my favourites of these films. In reunion, they are obviously married but now with a child. I loved the different situations that these characters found themselves in and they were just as funny as in previous films. Both actors do a fantastic job in reprising their roles and I am so thankful that they both signed on to do this film. American Pie - Reunion doesn't really bring anything new or original to the big screen but it is still really, really funny. The gags are somewhat predicable for the most part but that doesn't take anything away from the humour. It takes quite a lot to make me laugh out loud at the cinema but this film made that happen numerous times and the other people in the cinema joined me in doing so. I think, for fans of the series of a whole, then this film will be a hit. If you didn't like the other films too much then you are probably not going to like this one either. I loved it though and was really glad that I went to see it instead of waiting for it to be released on DVD.