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Friday, April 6, 2012

American Reunion - Movie Review


Everyone has movies they love watching over and over because they can be like visiting with old friends. On the other hand, watching the same movie can also be like that visiting with that one friend who always tells you the same stories again and again when what you really want is to hear something new.

Fortunately, the American Pie franchise has continued to churn out new movies featuring all the guys and girls you have watched over the years and American Reunion brings back just about everyone from the original for more crazy hi-jinks and hilariously embarrassing comedy.


Sure there were some straight to video duds in the series that were based in the same world the kids of East Valley High live in, but they just weren't up to the same level as the feature films. American Reunion takes what has worked over the years and throws everyone's favorite characters from Oz (Chris Klein) and Stifler (Sean William Scott) to Vicky (Tara Reid) and Heather (Mena Suvari) back in to another fun, sex-filled adventure...or maybe misadventure is a better word.


Back in town for their 12 year reunion (yes, its been that long), the gang comes back together in hopes of reliving and remembering what were not only great times, but some of their biggest learning experiences.

With careers, families, and other responsibilities having taken over their lives, the group attempts to go back to their youthful ways for one weekend while hoping to pull it all off without the sometimes hilarious missteps that have helped to define who they are as adults.


Of course this wouldn't be an American Pie movie without some sexually explicit adventures and testosterone filled escapades which is exactly what you are looking for. The writers have found ways to keep us laughing at characters like Jim Levenstein (Jason Biggs), who just can't seem to get it right when it comes to sex, at the same time that we pull for them to succeed like they are our own friends and classmates.


Fans of this series will find much to like here as the quality is up to par with the rest of the theatrical releases and it is also just a lot of fun to see everyone back together again. In the true spirit of a high school reunion, "American Reunion" does a great job of showing you how everyone has progressed in their lives while at the same time making you realize that some things will never change.


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