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article imageReview: A lot familiar in ‘American Reunion’ Special

By Sarah Gopaul     Apr 5, 2012 in Entertainment
The ‘American Pie’ kids are all grown up and back in town for their high school reunion in ‘American Reunion’, minus the pie.
Watching American Pie when it was released was a cultural rite of passage. The term M.I.L.F. gained popularity; everyone giggled at the mention of apple pie; and no one ever thought of band geeks the same way again. So presented with the opportunity to see where these characters would be 13 years later, it was difficult to say no to American Reunion.
A glimpse into everyone's life shows they really have grown up. Jim (Jason Biggs) and Michelle (Alyson Hannigan) are parents who no longer have sex; Kevin (Thomas Ian Nicholas) is married and whipped; Oz (Chris Klein) is a TV sportscaster; and Stifler (Seann William Scott) is working at a big firm. Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas) is the only character who maintains some mystery through the opening scenes. But everyone is looking for a little escape from reality and their high school reunion presents the perfect opportunity to see the guys again. Of course, putting the five of them in the same vicinity results in stupid mayhem and a lot of nakedness.
The thing you eventually realize about these characters is they haven't actually changed much at all. That may not be a surprise when referring to Stifler, but they are each the exact same personalities they were in high school - just older. So it becomes a question of whether the same dirty jokes still work more than a decade later. The answer is only sometimes. References to the first film invoke nostalgic laughter because you suddenly remember some long forgotten scene that made you laugh originally. While some jokes are funny across the board, others depend on how much you matured since the 1999 picture's release with reactions ranging from a smirk to a loud outburst. For example, how funny would you consider a character clipping his penis in a laptop?
The lack of character development has its pros and cons. On one hand, already knowing who the characters are means knowing the type of stupid situations they'll get themselves into and in turn being able to more or less judge whether it’s the type of movie that appeals to you. Conversely, even though the other characters appear stunted, Stifler – the shallowest guy in the group – becomes the most complex character. He’s trying to balance his still immature attitude with the facade of a hard worker, actually struggling with his lack of direction in life. It would have been nice if some of the other characters had aspired to a similar, even if minimal, depth.
In the end, if you were a fan of American Pie, there is just enough here to keep you entertained for 90 minutes; however, a lack of context will cause the movie to fall flat. Except for Eugene Levy – he’s hilarious whether you like the rest of the characters or not.
Directors: Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg
Starring: Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan and Seann William Scott
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