American Reunion

The American Pie crew is back, in all their glory. They’re all headed back for their 13 year high school reunion. Not exactly sure why they’re having a 13 year reunion, except that it’s been 13 years since they all set out to lose their virginity before graduation.

Jim (Jason Biggs) and Michelle (Alyson Hannigan) are still married. Their son is probably about 4. And he’s taking a toll on their marriage. They are having as much sexy time as they used to. So each resorts to having their own individual sexy time. Not to worry, though. When they get to Jim’s dad’s (Eugene Levy) house, they’ll get some much-needed Jim and Michelle time.

Oz (Chris Klein) is now a sports commentator. He has done pretty well for himself. Kevin (Thomas Ian Nicholas) is living a more domesticated, married life. Content to watch The Bachelorette and Real Housewives. Finch is a world-travelling adventurer. He’s been everywhere and done everything. And Stiffler. Stiffler is Stiffler. He’s living life like he’s still in high school. Including working as a temp at an investment firm.

When the gang gets back together, they find themselves pulling a lot of the same kinds of hijinks they did in high school. The pressure to hang with the bros, and the not-to-subtle attempted seduction by the girl he once babysat (who just turned 18) eats away at Jim’s special time with Michelle.

If you haven’t seen any of the American Pie franchise (I’m talking the official franchise. Not all the ridiculous straight-to-DVD spinoffs that I haven’t wasted my time with), especially the original, you’ll feel completely lost. It will be like hanging out with the kids from high school who all have their inside jokes you just don’t get.

Keep in mind, it’s an American Pie movie. It has the exact kind of writing, jokes, acting (save one terrible scene between Kevin and Vicky (Tara Reid) that has some insanely bad acting), and over-the-top, gross out scenes you would expect from the series. And if you like the originals, you’ll like this one. As unlikely as it seems for a franchise this old, this latest installment is as good as the first.

The plot, again, is what you would expect. It’s a bit predictable. But that’s not why you’re going to see the movie. (It’s not like you’re expecting some sort of M. Night Shyamalan twist.) Even the cast looks a lot like they did in the original. Most haven’t aged much in the last 13 years, save for putting on a little weight.

Like I said, if you’re into this type of movie, I definitely recommend it. I think I laughed almost the entire movie. My only word of advice, don’t take your mom to see it. You will be more uncomfortable than she is. Especially when you realize the lid to the pot is clear. Trust me.

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