An American Reunion to Skip
- Friday, April 06, 2012
DVD Release Date: July 10, 2012
Theatrical Release Date: April 6, 2012
Rating: R (for crude and sexual content throughout, nudity, language, brief drug use and teen drinking)
Genre: Comedy, Sequel
Run Time: 113 min.
Directors: Jon Hurwitz,Hayden Schlossberg
Cast: Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Chris Klein, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Seann William Scott, Tara Reid, Mena Suvari, Eddie Kaye Thomas, John Cho, Jennifer Coolidge, Eugene Levy, Ali Cobrin
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following review contains discussion of mature and explicit subject matter. Parents, please be advised.
The East Great Falls class of 1999 is back. Did you miss them? No? They sure did miss each other, as American Reunion shows.
The guys and gals of American Pie have decided to have a thirteenth class reunion, and you’re invited to join them as they reconnect with each other and attempt to revisit—and possibly recreate—the high-school antics that launched this teen-sex franchise well over a decade ago. The characters are older if not much wiser in this sequel, and so are the jokes.
Jim Levenstein (Jason Biggs) is married to high school classmate Michelle Flaherty (Alyson Hannigan, TV's How I Met Your Mother), but something’s amiss in their relationship. Things aren’t going too well in the intimacy department. While sitting in bed together, the two pursue their own activities: Michelle calms their fussy child while Jim works on his laptop. When Michelle heads to the bathtub, leaving Jim alone on the bed with his computer, he pulls out a tube sock, clicks on an Internet porn site, and . . . yes, it’s that kind of movie. The kind where the man’s child walks back into the bedroom during his father’s act of self-gratification. The kind where the father hurts himself trying to conceal his action, and, when he heads to the bathroom for a bandage, discovers his wife masturbating in the tub.
That’s all in the first few minutes of American Reunion.
The story that follows has Jim and Michelle trying to reconnect with each other by spending a weekend away at Jim’s childhood home. His dad (Eugene Levy, Astro Boy) still lives there, and has kept Jim’s room as it was in high school, complete with pornographic magazines in the drawer of Jim’s bedside table. (If you’re guessing that Jim’s dad will walk in on him just as Jim is checking out the centerfold, then you’re way ahead of the movie.)
There’s another reason for the weekend getaway: a thirteen-year reunion for Jim and the class of East Great Falls. The teens are now adults, some more successful than others, but they’re eager to reconnect. There’s sportscaster Oz (Chris Klein), architect Kevin (Thomas Ian Nicholas), world traveler Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas) and put-upon temp worker Stifler (Seann William Scott, Cop Out). Some of them have unsettled feelings about the women they knew in high school—back when they made a pact to lose their virginity before they graduated. They’re no longer virgins, but Oz still pines for Heather (Mena Suvari), Kevin wonders what might have been with Vicky (Tara Reid) and Finch can’t live down his reputation for sleeping with Stifler’s mom (Jennifer Coolidge, TV's 2 Broke Girls).
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