American Pie: Reunion

If you feel any genuine cultural nostalgia for the American Pie films then there’s probably something wrong with you. The first one is an above average teen movie and managed to hit some sort of zeitgeist through a combination of masturbation jokes and Shannon Elizabeth’s boobs. The second one had a gratuitous lesbian scene so was, presumably, box office gold. What happened after that is anyone’s guess and the series started going straight to DVD. And so, more than ten years after Jim put his wang in a pie, American Reunion hits out screens in a blaze of glory.

And by ‘blaze’ I mean the same depressingly juvenile jokes about masturbation, defecation, procreation…etc. Stifler takes a dump in a drinks cooler, that’s pretty much the level of comedy you’re going to be seeing here. The only vaguely interesting comedic thing happening is seeing the entire cast (down to the last MILF guy) back together, reminiscing, with varying degrees of subtlety, about the events of the previous films. But it’s a joke that wears thin quickly and will have absolutely no relevance unless you’ve seen the previous films.

What about the story? Story? Was there ever a story to the American Pie films? There seem to be about three or four parties which ‘the guys’ attend (accompanied by Mena Suvari, the most pointless character in the series, and Tara Reid, who can barely string a sentence together) and, in doing so, they manage to get attractive, young girls naked (thank you, 16-25 male demographic) and get up to a variety of hijinks involving gimp suits and The Shermanator. Yes, this is lowest common denominator stuff but, unfortunately, it can’t find any sort of form amidst the tangled, aimless plot.

A reunion that has all the fizz of month old Coke. Don’t go for the laughs unless you’re happy to be disappointed.

‘American Pie: Reunion’ will be in UK cinemas on 2nd of May

Title: American Reunion
Director(s): Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg
Starring: Jason Biggs, Sean William Scott, Alyson Hannigan, Chris Klein, Mena Suvari, Tara Reid, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Eugene Levy, Jennifer Coolidge
Certificate: 15
Running Time: 113 minutes

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