Review by Vives Anunciacion
Published May 7, 2012
American Pie: Reunion
Directed by Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg
R18 without cuts
Around twelve years after a gang of horny young American boys made cinematic history using apple pie, the boys return to East Great Falls, Michigan for high school reunion. In many ways, they haven’t grown up (a convenient excuse for “situation comedy”). Same thing with the humor.
Ironically, what annoyed me in American Pie back in 1999 (namely Sean Williams Scott’s Stifler and Jim’s dad played by Eugene Levy) are the very things that make “Reunion” work, the few times that it did. The rest of Reunion kept reminding me why the main cast doesn’t have a thriving film career since the first ”Pie” film.
Jim (Jason Biggs) and Michelle (Allyson Hannigan) are married with a kid, Oz (Chris Klein) is a celebrity sportscaster, Kevin (Thomas Ian Nichols) is househusband to girlfriend Ellie (Charlene Amoia) and Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas) is living the dream around the world – at least that what he says. At first they don’t tell Stifler about the reunion, but of course the resourceful Stifmeister – still residing in his mom’s house – manages to squeeze himself into every scene.
Whereas before it was about the gang’s sexual discovery before prom night, this time, despite the years, they find themselves still awkwardly transitioning into real mature men.
The humor is more or less the same as it was 12 years ago. That means mentions of bodily functions, toilet humor, Stifler’s brand of crassness and genitalia exposure. If that makes you giggly, this movie is for the pubescent in you. I laughed mildly three times while watching, and face-palmed myself twice. There are many references to the Pie series, so fans who grew up laughing with this barkada will most likely enjoy the same things in Reunion, with a hint of nostalgia and a little sentimentalism. Until Jim’s dad talks again.
Seeing how the cast has aged physically, I can say that Tara Reid (Vicky) and Hannigan have aged rather beautifully. Biggs, despite being at the center of the narrative, can’t pull the story together by simply doing the same mannerisms that made the young Jim in 1999 the adorable virgin dork. As I’ve said, the veterans make this blandly-written comedy (also the makers of the Harold and Kumar series) bearable to watch.
Scott, Levy and Jennifer Coolidge (Stifler’s mom) steal every scene they’re in, especially that credits scene with Levy and Coolidge that’s practically the funniest in the entire film. If that isn’t a sign that the series should end, I don’t know what is.