Film Review: American Pie: Reunion

American Pie: Reunion is a film made for fans of the previous American Pie instalments. As such it should not disappoint; American Pie: Reunion is a lot of fun.

Thirteen years after they graduated high school, Jim, Michelle, Oz, Stifler and co are back in town for their reunion. Jim and Michelle are now married, whilst Oz has a successful career. As the gang reminisce about their youth, they realise how much their lives have changed. Stifler and co are keen to relive their old hijinks…

American Pie: Reunion is made precisely for the audience who watched and enjoyed the first film. Much of the humour is based around events that occurred in the first instalment. That is not to say that viewers would not be able to enjoy the film as a stand alone product, but just that the first film in particular is heavily referenced.

The narrative of American Pie: Reunion is predictable. There are no real surprises in terms of events that take place. Reunion follows the same pattern as the previous films, with the outlandish/cringeworthy incidents and the obsession with sex. The reason the film works so well is because of the amusing characters that populate the series; at this point audiences will have become fond of them. Moreover, the humour is crass and often immature, but it does generate the laughs.

The aspect of nostalgia is very much played upon by writer-directors Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg. This is natural, given that the action revolves around a school reunion. As the characters look back and contemplate how far they have come since high school, many viewers of a similar age will be able to identify with this reflection. The sense of nostalgia is heightened by the use of a late 1990s/early 2000s soundtrack.

Seann William Scott is a scene stealer as Stifler, the role the actor is most associated with. As Jim, Jason Biggs is as clumsy and affable as ever. Tara Reid is a little reluctant reprising her role as Vicky, while Chris Klein brings some laughs as Oz.

American Pie: Reunion should be enjoyed for the fun that it is. Needless to say, those who did not like the first film are unlikely to be impressed by this offering.

What the American Pie: Reunion Trailer Tells Us About the Film, and Life

A new trailer has been released for American Pie: Reunion, which is out in cinemas on 6th April 2012. Several things can be ascertained from viewing the trailer.

1. The debauchery will arise from limited sources

Most of the original crew from the American Pie film have settled down, according to this trailer. That means any lewd behaviour is likely to come from Stifler and some of the secondary characters. This suggests that the film may take a similar format to 2003’s American Pie: The Wedding.

2. Stifler’s Mom and Paul Finch may not get together

The end of the trailer points to a new liaison between Stifler’s Mom and Jim’s Dad. This would indicate that Stifler’s Mom and Paul Finch have finally moved away from one another. A key dynamic throughout the series, it will be interesting to see how this plays out in the film.

3. The soundtrack should be fun

Just like previous instalments, the soundtrack sounds like it will be populated by fun, pop-punk music. Blink-182 and other similar bands featured on the soundtrack for the first film, and the trailer suggests we can expect more of the same from American Pie: Reunion. It seems like the film will take 1990s and early 2000s teens make to their youth.

4. Most of the cast have aged well

Given the thirteen years that have passed since American Pie‘s release, most of the cast look similar to how they did in the first film. While Mena Suvari, Alyson Hannigan and Jason Biggs still appear youthful, the beard and hair combo is doing nothing for Kevin, played by Thomas Ian Nicholas. Tara Reid also looks good, despite her well-documented troubles in the intervening years.

5. Anyone the same age as the characters is now official old

Anyone who was in their late teens when American Pie came out is now as old as Father Time. According to the trailers, they should have settled down, have had a child and be working in a middle-management office job. American Pie: Reunion is sure to be a nostalgia trip, but may remind viewers just how much time has passed since the first film.