Movie Review: "American Reunion"


"American Reunion" (Universal Pictures)

The entire cast of the original film "American Pie" has assembled for the third movie sequel and it is titled "American Reunion." This time out every one of the characters is a little older, a little wiser, a little funnier and WAIT! They are older and that is it. None of them appear to be any wiser and they certainly are not any funnier. I went through the entire movie and never even got a smile on my face.

The so-called plot has Jim and Michelle (Jason Biggs and Alyson Hannigan) headed home for the thirteenth reunion of their high school class. They are now a married couple with a two year old son. Marriage, and especially parenthood, has put the kibosh on their sex life and they need to reconnect.

At the reunion all of the old gang shows up: Oz (Chris Klein), Kevin (Thomas Ian Nicholas), Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas) and even Stifler (Seann William Scott). Jim is glad to see all of his old buddies but their activities keep him from spending quality time with his wife. He even has to fend off the amorous advancers of his neighbor, a girl (Ali Cobrin) for whom he used to babysit.

The movie has its best performers in the older members of the cast. This includes Eugene Levy as Jimís dad, Jennifer Coolidge as Stiflerís mom, and the unbilled Rebecca de Mornay as Finchís mom. Levy is probably the best actor in the film and brings back the nostalgia for which the film is searching. Coolidge is still sexy and funny while de Mornay makes a beautiful impression in her brief role.

Aside from Hannigan, the younger women in the film have very little to do. This includes Mena Suvari as Heather, Tara Reid as Vicky, Natasha Lyonne as Jessica and Shannon Elizabeth as Nadia. Each of them pops up for a brief scene or two, or in some instances one, and then fades away.

The film is rated R for profanity, sexual situations and nudity.

This makes the fourth "American Pie" movie and there have also been three others that have gone straight to video. Obviously that is more than enough for even the most diehard fan. The well as far as talent, scripts, humor and energy has gone bone dry.

"American Reunion" is one sequel too many and a pale reflection of the original film. It is time to say bye-bye to ìAmerican Pieî and all its iterations.

I scored "American Reunion" a revisited 4 out of 10   

Photo courtesy of: Universal Pictures

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