I saw American Reunion with lukewarm feelings. I liked the original three cannon movies and then attempted to watch a spin-off and stopped. American Pie spin-offs became the new National Lampoon spin-offs. Trading “educated” poop jokes for simple poop jokes (Never thought I’d hear myself say that). But finally they were back for a legitimate return to form. And the movie does return to form…. almost too much at times, but just the right amount at others.
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Well let’s cut to the chase on this one folks. If you liked American Pie 1, 2, and 3, then you will like American Reunion. Or… at least the you from 10 years ago will. It’s like when I re-saw the old ninja turtles cartoon I loved as a kid many years later, only to be shocked at how choppy the animation was. It still holds a special place in my heart, but it doesn’t hold up to todays standards. Where the ninja turtles animation fell flat, American Reunions jokes haven’t evolved.
On top of this the characters constantly beat the idea that they are old and boring now. The cinematography is the poorest of the series (aside from the spin-offs). And really, not much has changed.
Jim and Michelle have had a son and are struggling to keep their sexual desires for each other up, Kevin has become the “stay at home mom” who eventually meets back up with Vicky, Oz has become a sportscaster, and Stifler has become an old guy who can’t make his young soul work in an adult society.
Eugene Levy and Sean William Scott are the real stars and highlights of the movie. They might be worth ticket price alone, but it just depends on how funny you find them.
Sexual desire, divorce, and poop. Funny once and, honestly, still a little funny. Except this time the laughter goes quicker than before. It feels like a sad goodbye at times. Goodbye to a series that inspired countless imitators and our generation of goof-off/romance movies.
I give American Reunion a 6 out of 10, for bringing the gang back together to say goodbye, but for failing to bring anything new to the table.