By Jeff Moreno
American Reunion, the latest installment in the American Pie franchise and directed by John Hurwitz and Hayden Scholossberg, is a refreshing improvement over the many sub-par American Pie spin-offs over the past few years.
In the newest film, Jim (Jason Biggs), Michelle (Alyson Hannigan), Stifler (Seann William Scott) and their friends reunite in East Great Fall, Michigan for their high school reunion.
Years have passed since American Wedding (2003), and the lovable characters, though more mature and experienced, are still as awkward as ever.
This film is extremely funny and entertaining, even for those not familiar with the rest of the series.
Jim and Michelle, still married, now have a two-year-old son. Stifler is still the man and hasn’t changed since high school.
Oz (Chris Klein) has become famous in Hollywood as a NFL sportscaster and has begun dating a supermodel, Mia (Katrina Bowden).
Kevin (Thomas Ian Nicholas) rocks an audacious beard and still looks like a teenager.
Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas) has become a motorcycle-rider with an adventurous lifestyle. He scores an undesirable girl in high school turned hottie at the reunion.
The gang is back for their high school reunion, all the while enduring the kind and underrated advice of Jim’s dad, Noah (Eugene Levy), about sex and growing up. The supporting cast from the first three films returns as well, featuring Vicky (Tara Reid), Stifler’s mom (Jennifer Coolidge), Sherman (Chris Owen), Heather (Mena Suavari), and Nadia (Shannon Elizabeth). However, we are also introduced to a wide array of new characters, including Jim’s beautiful 18-year-old neighbor, Kara (Ali Cobrin), whom he used to babysit for and claims to have always had a crush on him, as well as Michelle’s sexy best friend, Selena (Dania Ramirez).
What makes this film so funny is that it stays true to the old American Pie formula, as opposed to that of Band Camp (2005), The Naked Mile (2006), or Beta House (2007), in which the situations are overly exaggerated and ridiculous.
Those familiar with the older installments will get their fill of classic jokes about Stifler’s mom, the Shermanator, “one time at band camp…,” and, of course, the infamous American pie.
The mix of these older jokes with new, awkward situations born from this reunion will have audiences laughing and entertained throughout the whole film. In addition, we are also happy to see some of the former high school couples rekindling their old flames.
American Reunion is a must see for those in the mood for a true comedy.