American Reunion was a film I was pretty dubious about seeing. Given the other sequels in the franchise, my optimism about any kind of quality in this film was pretty low, but I felt compelled to make the effort given it’s the first time that the full cast has been reunited. Given the time lag between this and American Pie take one, I also hoped that they had spent the necessary time in making sure this one was just right. And they certainly did!
In all honestly, my friend Georgie and I were in stiches throughout this film. After a long week at work, American Reunion was the perfect antidote, with laugh out loud moments throughout. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t the smartest of films or constructed with any level of intrigue or suspense, but that’s not what you’re looking for in this brand of film. Instead, it relates straight back to the initial outing, with near constant sexual references, embarrassing moments, quite shocking moments for the prudes amongst us, and also the ongoing heartfelt friendships – a pretty good combination all in all.
I don’t want to venture too much into the detail here for fear of ruining the many surprises, but there was a fantastic mix of marriage issues, single lifestyles and couple reunions which were thrown together into one big comedy bonanza. I left the cinema with a massive smile on my face and continued to giggle in the car home at the various stand out moments. Perhaps slightly strangely though, I think my favourite element to this film was the soundtrack. Harking back to the original film in the franchise, the soundtrack evoked the best memories from the earlier films, probably given it ties with my own teenage years.
Interestingly, my least favourite character from the original (Oz) actually became my favourite in the latest instalment – some seriously comedy moments and a ridiculously buff body to boot!
Bearing in mind that I was about 13 when the original American Pie was released in cinemas, perhaps the novelty this time around was that I actually got a lot more of the humour and didn’t cringe quite so much as the first time around. However, the way the latest in the franchise links back to the original, from the character development (or lack of), old faces (namely the Sherminator – amazing!) and the soundtrack, all made for a cracking movie in my opinion. You definitely need to be ready to laugh for this one, but once you let yourself go, it’s a laugh a minute. Very highly rated in my book, 8.5/10 Kx