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Saturday, 28 July 2012
Movie Review: American Reunion
10 years ago 'American Pie: The Wedding' was released and ended the iconic comedy film
series on a high note. That is until the American Pie name was used for several
awful sequels that followed new characters in a desperate attempt for the film
studio to make more money off of the once beloved American Pie name. In 2012 a new
American Pie film was released starring the original cast and characters and
based off a reunion storyline, sadly this film is no more than an excuse to
revisit the success enjoyed by the series in its heyday. It's a poorly written,
badly thought-out cash-in that sadly ruins the original series' reputation.
years after graduating high school Jim Levenstein, Paul Finch, Chris
"Oz" Ostreicher, Kevin Myers and Steven Stifler have become adults
and possess all the responsibilities that come with it such as marriages, jobs
and children. When they hear about their upcoming high school graduation the
friends decide to shake-up their mundane lives and return to the good old days
when they were in high school without a care in the world.
plot in this film is difficult to find some interest in, it's a scattered mess
where each scene has little relevance to each other and the only actual
coherent story point it touches on is that of the reunion itself. The
disjointed script allows for no real for focus or direction for the film to
follow meaning it meanders throughout its 1 hour and 50 minute runtime (a
certainly overindulgent length for a film with such a basic plot) until it hits
the credits. It really seems as if the plot is composed from a cluster of ideas
melded into one screenplay with no storytelling relevance other than the
reunion itself which takes up decidedly less screen time than a drawn out beach scene
in the first half hour.
Jason Biggs returns as the often unlucky Jim Levenstein.
Pie has never been particularly sophisticated or its humour that well crafted.
It has however been a series (the original 3 films) that has delivered well
executed lowbrow comedy with hilarious farcical situations. For this film though, it appears more than anything as if someone is attempting to emulate the humour of
the original and failing miserably. The
most important thing to note is the fact that these characters in no way
validate a return, they just aren't interesting enough to warrant it and their
story has already been told satisfactorily. Instead of the people they once
were the characters now seem like empty shells, appearing more to the audience
as impersonators of the characters than the real deal, characters like Paul
Finch for example have lost any semblance of their interesting aspects and now
only serve to drag the film down to even more boring levels, the less said
about Stifler's unending repetitiveness the better.
such mediocrity there are a few moments in the film that actually herald a
laugh but this is more often than not because they are simply rehashing a gag
from a previous film in the series. 'American Reunion' really brings nothing new to the
American Pie name and even the characters it introduces are so one-note and
uninteresting that you'll wish they'd been left out completely. This films
attempt to ride on the coattails of its funnier older brothers becomes even
more obvious during some scenes in the film that are so similar to previous
entries at a glance that you would think you were watching one of the older films,
some scenes involving Jim and his dad are almost shot for shot identical to the
The old gang reunites.
the film has more than its share of faults it is nice to see the characters
again and the returning cast members do an good job with what poor writing
they are given, there are also a few nice cameos spread throughout the film
that are nice to see and remind the viewer of the older films. Eugene Levy
still manages to do a great job as Jim's dad in the movie through his awkward
interactions with his son and a particularly funny moment where he smokes a
joint with Stifler's mother.
this film, American Pie will still remain the iconic series it always has been.
When it was released in the late 1990s and early 2000s the films were a perfect
fit, however in the film market of 2012 and onwards I really don't see a place
for it, a new type of comedy has been in demand and there are much better
crafted comedies available such as 'The Hangover' and '21 Jump Street'. If
the studio had any respect for the series that has made them so much money they
would let it die peacefully rather than digging up this, its rotting corpse.