CAST: Jason Biggs (Jim), Alyson Hannigan (Michelle), Chris Klein (Oz), Thomas Ian Nicholas (Kevin), Tara Reid (Vicky), Seann William Scott (Steve Stifler); DIRECTOR: Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schossberg; SCREENWRITER: Adam Herz, Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schossberg; FILM PRODUCER: Chris Moore, Craig Perry, Warren Zide; EDITING BY: Jeff Betancourt; MUSIC BY: Lyle Workman; GENRE: Comedy, Romance; CINEMATOGRAPHER DISTRIBUTOR Universal; LOCATION: USA; RUNNING TIME: 110 minutes
Technical Assessment: 3
Moral Assessment: 1.5
Cinema rating: For viewers 18 years old and above
Thirteen Years after they have graduated, Jim (Biggs),Kevin (Nicholas), Oz (Klein), Finch (Thomas) and Stifler (Scott) return to their old town to attend their High School reunion over a long weekend and to momentarily relive their carefree adolescent lives. Jim, now married to highschool geek Michelle, is suffering from a lacklustre sex life after the birth of their 2-year old son; while Oz’s booming celebrity career and high-profile relationship is merely a façade for the frustration he feels within. Finch is nowhere to be found and Kevin seems happily married and content as a stay-at home dad while Stifler is totally disgusted with his job and his tyrannical boss. When the boys get together, Stifler tries to recreate their high school life complete with slutty behaviour and sluttier parties but realize that his batch mates have outgrown him and actually have matured a notch. Jim gets advice from his dad, now a widower, on how to rekindle their marriage’s romance while the latter gets tips from his son on how to move out of his loneliness. The reunion provides an avenue to each of the characters to resolve their issues and realize how much their friendship means to them after all these years.
American Pie Reunion does not offer anything new. While it remains faithful to its core formula of sexual awakening and the growing up pains that it involves, the fact that the characters are now pushing 40 poses an issue with that premise. It doesn’t help that most of the jokes revolve on exposed body parts, body fluids and bad attitude because it merely made the movie a little too juvenile. The attempt to give each character a storyline further thinned the already frayed plot. The actors portrayed their characters as if they were still naïve hormone-driven teenagers raving to explore sexuality which makes them downright silly and pathetic. There are a few cheap laughs here and there and some noteworthy one-lines but who would want to waste two hours on such trashy film?
There are three problem areas with this movie. First, sex is treated as a commodity. Even with Jim’s “sex is sacred and you should save yourself for someone special” line to Kara does nothing to redeem its view on sex as something available to anyone anytime, anywhere. Everyone is just too horny and self-centered and seem to care nothing more than getting laid.
Second, the movie is composed mainly of immature characters who have no qualms about consequences, values or setting an example. It was one thing when the prequels involved highschool teenagers (although this is still not an excuse for sluttiness). But it is totally disgusting to watch 30 something men – some married, most holding a serious profession – trashing out their lives, getting too drunk to remember to wear their pants and finding themselves in silly situations where their marriage and reputation can be jeopardized over the weekend.
And third, although the ending provides a closure or resolution for each of the characters’ conflicts, it does so with a flimsy twist that neither redeem their previous actions or show hope that they are afterall respectable people just a little late on the maturity department.
American Pie Reunion has some good points though. It emphasizes fidelity in marriage and actually celebrates the commitment given to each other despite odds and challenges. Friendship and brotherhood resonate throughout the film. But sadly, these messages are not enough to drown the disgusting storylines and objectionable scenes.