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American Pie: Reunion (American Reunion) : Movie Review

You know it's pretty ironic that "American Pie: Reunion" or also known as "American Reunion" has main characters that have supposedly have seriously matured over the years and yet, the plot and the comedic jokes have not. If you are expecting a different "American Pie" this time around then you won't get it. At its core, this is basically the same movie as the previous ones before it - shallow, crass and a heavy dose of the annoying Stifmeister causing a lot of havoc. If you loved the series' comedic approach then you will definitely would enjoy this but for those who have moved on from this kind of dirty and low brass humor, you are better off missing this reunion for sure.

It's been thriteen years since Jim (Jason Biggs), Oz (Chris Klein), Kevin (Thomas Ian Nicholas), Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas) and Stifler (Sean William Scott) graduated from high school and through the years, each of them have grown apart to live their own separate lives. Jim has just gotten his first child but finds his marriage on the rocks as he and his wife Michelle (Alyson Hannigan) have not "done" it since her childbirth. Oz is now a national TV sportscaster with a supermodel girlfriend that is too adventurous for his taste. Kevin has a wife but finds himself more of the househusband doing all the chores that are associated with a wife. Finch has been MIA but tells that he has been around the globe doing adventurous things. Stifler, even after thirteen years, is still the same as ever. The guys decides to meetup a few days before their reunion to catch up on things while on the side making new friends, enemies and turning old flames back to life.

The biggest problem with "American Pie: Reunion" is that it tries to do so much with an approach that severely lacks any direction. Yes, this is a reunion and it definitely wants every character to have their own time and place during the duration of the film. While this holds true on some end (we do get a bigger picture of what the characters are dealing with), the film fails to capitalize on those problems. A situation might be introduced where in a character still has that "crush" with their old high school sweetheart but after that, good luck with any serious plot development, as the film basically decides to solve this via sex - both real or implied. Worse, these dilemmas are solved in an instant. While the comedic side might tickle your fancy, "American Pie: Reunion" decides to do "mature" characters with high school-like problems. It is this disconnect that will leave audiences confused and basically yawning. We expected more from this reunion but instead what we get is basically a rehash of what was considered funny back then.

Rating: 2 reels





Why you should watch it:
- if you were a fan of "American Pie" and its endless sequels then this movie is perfectly made for you

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- countless times, the movie feels out of place and unfunny
- the story, while featuring older and more "mature" characters, is a basic rehash of the previous films


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