- Directed by
- Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg
- Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan and Chris Kliein
Thirteen years after Jim, Stifler, Oz, Finch and Kevin graduated from high school in style, they return to East Great Falls for their high school reunion. The group, minus Stifler, are no longer the lay-seeking teenagers they used to be. That doesn’t mean that they don’t try to party like it’s 1999.
In case you aren’t friends with the boys on Facebook (which makes multiple appearances throughout the movie), here is a recap on what they’ve been up to. Jim and Michelle are married (as we all saw in “American Wedding”) and have a two-year-old son. Unfortunately, Michelle and Jim aren’t quite as horny as they used to be. Kevin is also happily married and working from home. Oz is a sports TV anchor and a minor celebrity, who appeared on a “Dancing with the Stars”-type show. Apparently friends with Mario Lopez, Oz lives with his superficial model girlfriend. Finch has spent the past years travelling the world, while Stifler still lives in town and is a temp at a finance firm.
With everyone back in town, it would be impossible for there not to be some shenanigans, although they do all seem a little old for what transpires. Partying with high school seniors seems a little ridiculous for 30 year olds, but that doesn’t stop them. They spend their second night at a beach party with the girl Jim used to babysit. Wise choice? Probably not.
“American Reunion” is funny, but funny in the same overtly sexual, basically fratty way all of the “American Pie” movies have always been. Stifler makes plenty of jokes and puns, Jim finds himself in plenty of embarrassing situations, and all of the supporting characters fill the same roles that they did 13 years earlier. There are plenty of pubescent jokes all around, and the audience certainly goes for them.
That said, it just isn’t the same so many years later. While it is true that the movie’s audience has grown up with the characters, it is still hard to believe that they would want to watch these 30-year-old and questionably happy men get drunk, sneak out of girls’ rooms and relive their high school days. Is this what our lives will be like in 10 years? I sure hope not.
“American Reunion” isn’t a bad movie. It certainly is funny at times, but it is impossible to recapture the magic of the original movies in the series. While many people were pulling for this movie to happen, it turns out (as with many sequels) that some things are better left alone.