Last night, the UK was served up the remaining slice of American Pie, with the final portion of the teen movie franchise, American Reunion, hitting the big screen. But has the pie gone stale?
It’s been 13 years since we were first introduced to the students of East Great Falls in the original American Pie (1999), where we followed Jim, Kevin, Stifler, Oz and Finch on their desperate mission to graduate without their virginity. American Pie 2 (2001) and American Wedding (2003) shortly followed, leaving the gang as young adults. Now, nine years later, they return home for their thirteen year high school reunion, more interested in their careers and families than porn and parties, with the exception of Stifler, who remains as mischievous and hedonistic as ever. Upon their return to East Great Falls, the boys find themselves stuck between their adult responsibilities and the nostalgia of their teenage years- Jim is seduced by the girl that he used to babysit and Stifler shows the new generation who’s boss, whilst Finch still longs for Stifler’s Mom.
In true reunion style, all of the original cast make an appearance, albeit briefly. Eugene Levy shines once again as Jim’s Dad, giving a hilariously realistic drunken performance and providing Jim with more priceless father-son advice. However, Tara Reid’s whiney and boring performance as Vicky was somewhat underwhelming, and recalling her time in the Big Brother house last summer, it is questionable whether she acted or just played herself. Seann William Scott steals the show once again as Stifler, providing plenty of laughs.
The film reminisced on some of the most iconic gags of its predecessors, but served up some fresh laughs too, and although it could be criticised as predictable, had it not followed through with the expected clichés I’d only have been left disappointed.
Has anyone seen American Reunion yet? What are your thoughts?