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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

American Reunion (2012) - review

The gang from American Pie is back (again) for a high school reunion that, to their credit, feels much like a real life reunion.  By that I mean, you reminiscence about how great the past was, then when you are actually in the room with everyone you realize you have grown up, moved on and for the most part it is best to keep the past the past.

The film deserves props for the incredible job reuniting the characters with all the same worn out jokes they have used since the first film.  Besides their overly familiar and unwelcome jokes the rest of the film is strung together crude humor and misunderstandings.  Funnier than the jokes are the pathetic ways they find to crowbar original characters into the film.

If they decide to do another sequel to this film in 30 years I am sure they will find another improbably way to write in Jim's Dad (Eugene Levy) alive or not.  If it is up to them there will be multiple sequels, by the end of the film we are threatened with not just another high school reunion, but a yearly reunion.  Looking at the flailing careers of the cast I am sure fans of the series can look forward to follow-ups for years to come, just make sure you check the direct-to-dvd listings.

If I were you I would throw the invite to this reunion in the garbage.

3.5 out of 10

If you do not want to waste two hours (yes, it is nearly two hours long) and have a couple laughs, take a closer look at the poster.  Photoshop at its worst.  I could do a better job making a movie poster with photos that were never intended to be combined.  Actually, I think I did, here (shameless self-promotion.)

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