Starring: Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Seann William Scott, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Chris Klein, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Katrina Bowden, Tara Reid, Mena Suvari, Jennifer Coolidge, Eugene Levy, John Cho
Written By: Hayden Schlossberg, Adam Herz
Directed By: Hayden Schlossberg, Jon Hurwitz
Studio: Universal Studios
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Jim, Stifler, Finch and the rest of the gang return with American Reunion! I’ve been looking forward to a proper American Pie sequel and this one doesn’t disappoint. It will make you want to break out the first 3 movies and dance around in your boxers to Bloodhound Gang.
12 years later, the guys & girls from American Reunion have all grown up for the most part except Stifler. Jim and Michelle have a two year old son, Jim’s Dad is a widower now, Stifler is interning at an investment firm and has an asshole boss, Oz is a NFL sportscaster in LA with a hot supermodel girlfriend, Kevin is married and works at home as an architect, and Finch is supposedly missing. MILF guy organizes a reunion so everyone travels back to Michigan to go to it. Things seem like they never changed, but sooner or later the group begins to realize they have all grown up and matured…at least a little bit.
American Reunion offers up pretty much the same as the other movies. It’s got the laughs, it’s got the sweet moments and it’s got the outrageous & physical comedy that made the first 3 movies standouts from the other teen comedies. The characters pretty much end up where I thought they would be. Jim and Michelle having a kid, Oz is doing something with sports and being semi-famous, Kevin is still boring and Finch is still a bit of a loser even though he doesn’t think so. Then there’s Stifler which I thought seemed fitting for where he ended up. Being picked on by his boss and not being the head honcho of a company. Though with his character, he could have went both ways in that he could have been the loser intern that gets picked on or the boss who does the bullying.
I think some of the plot isn’t necessarily the best, especially the part where grown men show up to some high school party by the lake. I know I wouldn’t want to go to some high school party just because of the potential jail bait that would be there. But as a male, I can say I’m happy they went there because we get to see a lot of Ali Cobrin! Plus it’s not like high school reunions are that important, but maybe that’s just me. Although, getting the original cast back for another movie so having a reunion is a good excuse. As far as the actors, Jason Biggs and Seann William Scott are always the funniest ones I think. They always have the best moments in the movie, especially Scott’s Stifler character. This time, it’s the same thing but Eugene Levy gets to shine a little bit as Jim’s Dad. Stifler’s Mom gets a little more to do as well. Unfortunately, I think some of the women like Alyson Hannigan, Tara Reid, Mena Suvari were the unfunny parts of the movie. Although Alyson had a few funny moments but the others were the “sweet” part of the movie and didn’t really bring the funny, or have to.
The extras for the Blu-Ray are excellent! There are a lot of deleted scenes, alternate takes, extended scenes and other stuff, which begs the question, how come this stuff wasn’t just added back into the movie? I know the movie is unrated but man, some of this stuff that was left on the cutting room floor was really funny. I thought the extras would just be some half-ass thing but I ended up sitting there for an hour and watching all this stuff. Everything is quite enjoyable and was making me laugh. The alternate takes had one scene with John Cho say “Jim, don’t be a pussy” in a million different ways and it almost me cry with laughter. The extended scenes were great and so were the deleted scenes. I particularly liked the scene with the kid accidently put shit in his hair. The featurette Reunion Reunion was a nice 10 minute featurette that summed things up and we got a glimpse into the filmmaking. Then there’s smaller featurettes that talk about specific scenes or characters like Jim’s Dad, behind the scenes stuff with Jason Biggs, the lake scenes, the fight on the lawn scene and others.
American Reunion is just as funny as the other movies and it balances the serious stuff and the funny stuff very well. I thought some of the deleted/alternate scenes could have been added back into the movie but I’m happy that they are at least in the extras. If you laughed at the other movies, you’ll laugh at this one as well.
The Blu-Ray comes with DVD, Ultra Violet and a digital copy as well. I like how you get all the options to watch this movie. Some people complained about not getting digital copies and getting UltraViolet instead for other releases. I’m happy they included everything with this release, so maybe other studios will take note.
The “Out Of Control” Tracks
The Best Of Biggs: Hangin’ With Jason B.
American Reunion Yearbook
Ouch! My Balls!
The Reunion Reunion: Re-Launching The Series
Widescreen 1.85:1 Color
ENGLISH: DTS-HD MA 5.1
SPANISH: DTS 5.1
FRENCH: DTS 5.1
English, Spanish, French
Bottom Line: Just as good as the other three movies.
Running Time: 114 mins
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