AMERICAN REUNION

I have been a fan of the trilogy since the first movie back in 1999. AMERICAN PIE is a trend setter for all high school comedy movies that discuss matters of adolescents in high school.  For fans of the trilogy this is a massive comeback and is largely welcome after 9 years. The teaser campaign came as a surprise and now it is finally here. It is safe to say AMERICAN REUNION lives up to the trilogy that wrapped up in 2003.

Many installments have been named after the trilogy with most of them carrying on the Levenstine and Stiffler names into them. Hardcore fans of the trilogy will agree with me. This isn’t the 9th or 10th installment of AMERICAN PIE, this dear readers is the 4th! The wannabe attempts are greatly appreciated and some of them are actually quite funny. However if there is no Jim, Michelle, Finch, Stiffler, Oz and Kevin it truly can never be AMERICAN PIE.

Jason Biggs, Sean William Scott, Alyson Hannigan, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Eddie Kaye Thomas and Chris Klein (who missed out the wedding in 2003) are back. All grown up; so they think! High school reunions do something to us all! Would you not agree? It is like a day or two where you become the boy/girl who you once were, who used to aspire to be the person you are now.  Taking a break from the rat race of life is always welcome. When this crew takes a break they attract trouble like a moth that finds the flame.

Jim and Michelle have a son who is 2 years old, while Kevin too is married and is a stay at home husband who is also an architect. Oz has his own sports show and is considered a celebrity in certain circles. Stiffler is working for a big time firm and is working for the worst possible boss ever and Finch is MISSING! Everyone heads back to their old town to attend the high school reunion. The class of 99 does not carry the same rap as they used to back in the day. The present high school jocks do come across as a challenge but that will not stop the boys from having fun while breaking the law just like they used to back in the day.

Biggs and Scott are the show as it has been all these years with Hannigan taking a considerable back seating for this one. It’s amazing how connected they are to their characters though. Scott keeps the laughter rolling with everyone pitching in. The humor isn’t all vulgar this time round; instead some of the humor is rather decent however the language has not cleaned up over the years.

Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg scores a homerun with the direction of AMERICAN REUNION, after the sinker they directed with HAROLD & KUMAR: ESCAPE FROM GUANTANAMOBAY. Directing this movie is certainly been a walk in the park for the duo since they co-wrote the script with Adam Herz. The screenplay is quite good. Especially with Herz on the team since he has been on board all the AP projects. Furthermore the cast basically has lived and breathed these characters into life for over a decade successfully. Finally I say this is a brilliant job by Hurwitz and Schlossberg especially for recreating the atmosphere of the first movie wrapping us viewers in an AMERICAN PIE enchantment.

TITILE: AMERICAN REUNION

DIRECTED BY: JON HURWITZ & HAYDEN SCHLOSSBERG

STARRING: JASON BIGGS, ALYSON HANNIGAN, CHRIS KLEIN,THOMAS IAN NICHOLAS, TARA REID,EDDIE KAYE THOMAS,JENNIFER COOLIDGE, EUGNE LEVY & SEAN WILLIAM SCOTT

RATED: R

RATING: 07/10

113 MINUTES

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