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Movie Review: American Reunion

By Erica Sylvester Campus Talk Editor
On April 25, 2012

  • Located in the space of the former Smokehouse, The Boardwalk Inn features an eclectic menu, with old favorites like loaded potato chips and unusual specials like the donut burger (above). David Specksgoor/LIFESTYLES EDITOR

It has been nine years since the original cast of the American Pie series graced the silver screens with their comedic mishaps. In the passing years, fans have witnessed various members of the Stiffler family encounter band camp and college life. The graduating class of '99 returns to East Great Falls for its 13-year reunion, staying true to time. The movie explains how a fictional 10-year reunion was unsuccessful, and so this was the solution.

Jim and Michelle Levenstein (Jason Biggs and Alyson Hannigan, respectively) return to East Great Falls, their marriage in a sexless rut after the birth of their son. Oz (Chris Klein) is a B-list celebrity sportscaster dating a characteristcally self-obsessed and superficial L.A. girl. Kevin (Thomas Ian Nicholas) is a stay-at-home husband, while Finch (Eddie Kay Thomas) has reportedly spent his years traveling the world. Eugene Levy reprises his role as America's favorite awkward father, Noah Levenstein, grieving the loss of Jim's mom.

Long gone are the days when this group of hapless teenagers sought out to lose their virginities. As they return to the place they call home, they see changes in themselves and their relationships with their high school friends. The only character vicariously living in the past is Steve Stiffler (Seann William Scott).

What starts out as a relaxing weekend to reconnect soon turns into a chaotic reunion full of raunchy hijinks and misconstrued shenanigans. Jim struggles to revive his marriage while keeping a horny 18-year-old girl he used to baby-sit at bay. Stiffler refuses to be out-pranked by a group of high school boys while struggling with a corporate job. Oz and Heather (Mena Suvari) reconnect after years apart, while sizing up the other's current flame. Other roles like Stiffler's mom (Jennifer Coolidge), Vicky (Tara Reid), Nadia (Shannon Elizabeth) and the "milf guy" (John Cho) are brought back to bring the story full circle.

Of course a majority of the scenes take place at parties, as the characters deal with having fun and having responsibilities, getting drunk and getting older. The crude humor and language abound, in true American Pie form. Chock-full of good intentions and life lessons, Reunion is just as gross-out funny and endearing as the original films.

The music used throughout the film ties in the passage of time perfectly. Combining modern hits like "Sexy And I Know It" by LMFAO with a steady amount of classic '90s songs like "Closing Time" by Semisonic help exemplify the time lapse that took place since we've last seen these characters.

This movie perfectly encapsulates a reunion. Full of nostalgia and sadness as the friends grew apart, American Reunion gives fans the opportunity to see how their favorite characters grew up, and that no matter how you live it, life will always be a learning process. It's closure in the most fitting sense, and will leave fans with an enjoyable pie aftertaste.

4.5 stars

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