The fourth installment of the ‘American Pie’ series is here, ‘American Reunion’. Wow, has it really been 13 years?! Well, they’re a little late for the 10 year high school reunion, but I guess late is better than never. I am a big fan of all three previous films. I think that’s why I liked this movie so much, because it stuck to the original recipe. The movie trailers unfortunately come off as somewhat corny. Don’t let that fool you though.
I expected this movie to be a lame attempt at closing the ‘American Pie’ series, but it wasn’t. ‘American Reunion’ was hysterical and a great film. I highly recommend seeing the previous films before you see this one, otherwise you won’t like it as much. I had a blast seeing the characters coming together years later as real grown adults in their 30-somethings. Most, if not all, the characters are here, which kept the true essence of the film alive. There are some new characters who aren’t that special or interesting, and I don’t think there are any new iconic scenes or phrases (Shermanator and others make surprise appearances). But who knows, maybe some new things will catch on.
Every character is up to his/her usual mischief, especially the Stifmeister. He keeps the gang young at heart and feeling alive with his crazy adventures and pranks. You’d think Jason Biggs and Alyson Hannigan would have civilized a little, especially raising a kid, but we see that’s definitely not the case—nudity and profanity included. In fact, there’s a healthy dose of all kinds of nudity in the film (no disappointment there).
I really don’t know where this series can go after here though. Making a fifth installment would seem futile, unless we see Tara Reid (she looks great by the way) and the gang in a retirement home in the future. Maybe a spinoff? The studio is more likely to plop out a few more straight-to-DVD “sequels” given that they seem to be good money makers.
Ultimately ‘American Reunion’ is a great watch. Come for the laughs and enjoy reminiscing the story that started all with a pie. It’s nice to see Jim, and everyone, come full circle. In theaters April 6, 2012.