Good, Bad & Ugly Review: American Reunion


American Reunion
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 44% (Critics) / 80% (Audience)
Directed By: Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg
Written By: Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg
Starring: Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Seann William Scott, Eugene Levy
Studio: Universal Studios

Synopsis: In the comedy American Reunion, all the American Pie characters we met a little more than a decade ago return to East Great Falls for their high-school reunion. In one long-overdue weekend, they will discover what has changed, who hasn’t and that time and distance can’t break the bonds of friendship. It was summer 1999 when four small-town Michigan boys began a quest to lose their virginity. In the years that have passed, Jim and Michelle married while Kevin and Vicky said goodbye. Oz and Heather grew apart, but Finch still longs for Stifler’s mom. Now these lifelong friends have come home as adults to reminisce about-and get inspired by-the hormonal teens who launched a comedy legend. (Source)

The Good:
While I understand that Jason Biggs’ “Jim” is the main role in the AMERICAN PIE series, I have always felt that the entire concept rises and falls on the shoulders of Seann William Scott’s “Stifler” and it was never more evident than in AMERICAN REUNION. Scott owns this movie. He has the funniest lines and the funniest scenes and when he is not onscreen more often than not the movie just grinds to a halt. He is the MVP of this movie and this franchise.
Coming in a close second to Scott in the MVP running is Eugene Levy. Levy as “Jim’s Dad” has been in every movie in the franchise (the legit theatrical releases and the straight-to-DVD versions) and thankfully the directors decided to utilize him for more than just a foil to his son’s sexual chicanery. Watching “Jim’s Dad” let loose (at the behest of Stifler) was a riot and played to some of Levy’s underused comedic strengths.

The Bad:
It was a bit depressing how little I cared about the majority of the rest of the cast and that really hurts to admit in the case of Alysson Hannigan (I stan hard for Willow Rosenberg). I also would have liked to see more done with the AMERICAN PIE guys battling with their teenage counterparts.

The Ugly:
Jebus Christmas! Tara Reid may be the worst actor in the universe. It was like she was barely conscious.

Final Verdict: I was awash in a haze of good memories about the first AMERICAN PIE film and just how much I enjoyed it when I saw it back in 1999 but the momentary wave of nostalgia quickly subsided for me and this movie fell into a pretty basic teen comedy formula except it was cast with a bunch of 30-somethings. Seann William Scott and Eugene Levy saved this movie from being a complete disaster. if this movie is successful and the studio starts looking for sequel ideas I would suggest “Stifler” and “Jim’s Dad” on a road trip as the best option. C+

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