The tagline is great, the imagery simple, and my expectations are mediocre. I love this franchise and the first film holds a special place in my heart as one of my favorite comedies of all time, but with their recent run of straight to DVD movies, my hope American Reunion succeeds is less than optimistic. Either way, I hope they bring back the original spark that American Pie once held.
I’ve always said that they should have just ended the franchise on a good note with a fourth and final film like they are doing here with a post wedding movie. My thought was that they should have called it “American Family” and explore the lives of Jim and Michelle as they take on parenting with the original cast interacting and helping Jim with his new life.
A high-school reunion seems a bit cliché and although the story I wanted seems a bit done already with Little Fockers already produced, I believe in the team that have created the Harold and Kumar stories (writer/directors Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg) are up for the challenge. This duo knows what they are getting themselves into, they know it’s for the fans and they know it’s going to be silly, but with the American Pie franchise there has always been some heart to them and we’ll see what these two are capable with a little more depth than just a pair of pot smoking ethnic minorities.
After a decade it almost feels like this franchise will be the Harry Potter of comedies. Not as epic, but just after a long decade of bringing in the laughs, its kind of great to see the original cast back in action for one final movie. I just hope this doesn’t turn into a brand new full-fledged trilogy if box office numbers are big.
The whole gang is back, including Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Chris Klein, Natasha Lyonne, Shannon Elizabeth, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Tara Reid, Seann William Scott, Mena Suvari, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Jennifer Coolidge, and Eugene Levy.
Plot synopsis via Geek Tyrant:
In the comedy American Reunion, all the American Pie characters we met a little more than a decade ago are returning 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.