It’s hard not to enjoy the American Pie trilogy. They’re crude, but have a juvenile innocence to them that allows audiences to enjoy their outlandish humor. The big question is, will the latest installment follow the same creed? Let’s find out.
American Reunion brings the entire gang (even Oz) back together for their 13 year high school reunion and none of them are living the lives they envisioned.
This film ruins the ride we’ve been taken on up to this point. The characters (Jim and Kevin) are stripped of their morality by writers John Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg. Long gone are the days when comedies didn’t have to dig into the bottom of the dung heap to find comical material. It’s a real shame that Adam Herz, who wrote the first three films, couldn’t or didn’t return to pen this one.
The actors have kept their performance standards at the same level and it was nice to see them all together again, even if they were given a less than up to par script to work with. This aside, there are some laughs to be had. Sean William Scott (Goon, Role Models) and Eugene Levy (Goon, Splash) will keep you laughing throughout the film.
In the end, it all boils down to the bad taste the film leaves in your mouth when you leave the theatre. Not because of the toilet humour, but because the characters have been tarnished and fail to redeem themselves.
Bottom Line: We can only hope it all ends here. I’ll stick to the original trilogy for my occasional American Pie fix.
Runtime: 113 minutes