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American Reunion

A movie directed by Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg

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'American Reunion' 'Two Jews On Film' Agree...You Can Never Go Home Again (Video)

  • Apr 4, 2012

By Joan Alperin Schwartz

The film 'American Pie' was and is a classic.

For those of you unfamiliar with the story, 'American Pie' is about four guys, from East Great Falls Michigan, that are on a quest...to lose their virginity before they graduate high school.

 I can still remember sitting in the theatre LMAO watching the escapades of these 17 year olds desperately trying to score. The film went on to make zillions of dollars and of course spawned several sequels...Which brings me to...    

'American Reunion'...the latest in the franchise.  The film was written and directed by Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg (Harold and Kumar)  and unfortunately, except for 3 times, I did not LMAO.

The film takes place ten years after the gang graduated from high school.  They've come back to their home town for their 10 year high school reunion...and we soon discover, that none of their lives have turned out the way they expected...Never saw that in a film before.   

Okay, so in case you've forgotten who our guys are, briefly, in no particular order...We have...
Jim Levenstein, (Jason Bigg), the penis in the pie guy, who's now married to band girl Michelle (Alyson Hannigan) They have a two year old son and don't have any time for sex...Guess the kid never sleeps.

Ostreicher/Oz (Chris Klein), the goodlooking jock, really has it rough.  He's a big time television sportscaster and is forced to live in a gorgeous house with a super hot girl that looks great in a thong.

Kevin, (Thomas Ian Nicholas) now an architect/stay at home dad, also has it bad.  His beautiful wife makes dates with him to watch Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and parts beyond.  

Finch, ( Eddie Kaye Thomas) the clean freak, who had sex with Stiffler's mom, supposedly has been travelling all around the world and of course, last but not least...

Stifler/Stifmeister (Seann William Scott) the over the top obnoxious, crazy dude, who is still, an over the top obnoxious, crazy dude.  He still lives with his big breasted mom (Jennifer Coolidge) except now he has a job working for a very short man with an extremely huge ego.

So all these guys along with all the ladies from 'American Pie' including...Tara Reed, Shannon Elizabeth, Natasha Lyonne, Mena Survari, meet up to party like it's 1999.

Along the way, we have lots of crude jokes, nudity, a penis or two, a little sex, a few jokes that really work, many jokes and bits that really, really don't work...and an ending (don't worry I'm not spoiling it) where...

Our guys and girls come to realize that their lives don't really suck and what matters most is...Ready?...Friendship...

The best part of 'American Reunion' is Eugene Levy as Jim's dad.  He is one funny dude. Watching him reminds me what this film could have been, but isn't.  Stay past the end credits to see a very funny bit involving him.

As I said in our video, I laughed hard three times so for that reason I am giving 'American Reunion' 2 1/2 bagels out of 5.  Check out our video to see John's thoughts on the film and well...life.

'American Reunion' opens in theatres Friday, April 6, 2012.  Personally I'd wait for the DVD.
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April 05, 2012
I was considering seeing this since I thought the first three movies were decent (liked the first movie a lot) I thought this should've ended with "Wedding" and then they had several spin-offs that were alright for direct to dvd, but they weren't really special. This does sound like this can be funny, but I dunno--after 21 Jumpstreet, I am pretty sure this would be pale in comparison.
April 05, 2012
It does. DVD definitely.
April 05, 2012
Awesome review! I have a thing for sophomoric humor. A little hesitant to see this since I liked the first one, but maybe... :)
April 05, 2012
Thanks Devora. I know...I loved the first one. There are some good laughs, just not enough
April 04, 2012
Excellent review, you guys crack me up. Love your reviews.
April 04, 2012
Thanks Alex...Really appreciate it.
April 05, 2012
love it when John gets so annoyed when Joan likes a movie LOL!
April 05, 2012
that happens quite a lot.
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review by . April 08, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
Just One More Piece of the
One of the most difficult film genres for me to review would have to be comedies. Because a) much of it relies on someone’s sense of humor b) how many times I laughed c) is there a point to all of it?. Well, the “American Pie” franchise have always been on my “must watch” list ever since the first film which was a sincere portrayal of raging teenage hormones. The second film was more about dwelling on what could have been and finding something different. “American …
review by . September 16, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
With all the bad review I didn't go into it with great expectations. The film is actually a lot better than people are saying and probably as good as the second film. Jim and Michelle seem to be having marital problems on the eve of their High School reunion. The director then shows what is up with the rest of the gang. Oz is a sports announcer, Kevin is married to a woman who controls him and Stifler is working for a real obnoxious boss as a temp.    Jim and Michelle agree to …
review by . April 06, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
It has often been said that you cannot turn back the hands of time, but thankfully Hollywood is a place where magical things happen. In the case of the gang from American Pie and the creative talents of writer directors Jon Hurwitz Hayden Schlossberg, the gang is back, better than ever, for another slice if pie. Hurwitz and Schlossberg are the creative team behind the ” Harold and Kumar” series and have been entrusted by Universal to carry on the American Pie series which had recently …
review by . April 07, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
Why I Hate Reunions
AMERICAN REUNION Written and Directed by Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg Starring Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan and Seann William Scott   I never went to my high school reunion. It wasn’t because I was so insanely popular in high school that I didn’t need to belittle myself by making an appearance. Nor was I such an incredible outcast that I would be too afraid to show my face. I was simply sick the night it was happening. One could suggest this was psychosomatic but regardless, …
review by . April 07, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
Star Rating:         What I appreciate about the American Pie films is that, beneath the raunchiness and juvenile slapstick humor, there rests a kernel of truth. American Reunion continues in that tradition. Although it utilizes the kind of crude sexual humor that I don’t find particularly funny, there is evident a compelling examination of friendship, love, and the general ups and downs of relationships at an adult life stage. In this case, that would be thirteen …
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My husband (creator of the cult classic films FACES OF DEATH) andmyself (actress/screenwriter) are ex New Yorkers, see alot of films and usually disagree. So our friends decided that we need a review … more
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