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AMERICAN REUNION

 

Directors: Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg

Writers: Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg

Cast: Jason Biggs, Seann William Scott, Alyson Hannigan, Chris Klein, Mena Suvari and a ton of people that were slightly more famous ten years ago

Studio: Universal

Jim and Michelle are having a few marital issues and raising a kid. Stiffler is working a job as a temp, dealing with an a-hole boss. Finch has become a mystery of sorts. Oz is a big shot sportscaster with a supermodel girlfriend. And Kevin is a stay at home husband, slash architect. The group returns for their high school reunion and reconnect with each other and their fellow classmates. But this is a film that is as much about the audience seeing it as it is about our favorite foursome. As stated, the film isn’t remarkable in the plot sense. Unlike the previous films, there isn’t a big endgame to cling to. There’s no goal of losing virginity like the first film, finding true love like the second film, or having a successful wedding like the third film. Instead, these characters just deal with being back in their hometown and their own individual issues.

If anything, the film is highly nostalgic. It’s filled with characters and situations reminiscent of the previous films. It still manages to surprise with many of it’s shenanigans, from the boys having to get out of some awkward tight spots, to Jim once again finding himself in extremely embarrassing situations. Heck we even get a few truly surprising moments that are also very laugh out loud. But for the audience that grew up on these films, it will be like a trip down memory lane. It’s fun seeing all your favorite characters return, from the underused ones to all of the main cast. Even seeing characters like Oz or Vicky, whose real life counterparts haven’t had much of a career since the American Pie film, are pleasant to see again. And they all do a great job of reprising these characters.

Schlossberg and Hurwitz do a perfect job of putting the characters into situations many of us are all too familiar with; some due to getting older and others due to our own stupidity. Unlike The Hangover 2, which recycled the same plot from The Hangover, American Reunion continues the process of advancing the characters further into life. Yes, some of the jokes are rehashed; but sometimes no matter how much someone ages, they never grow up.

RELEASE DATE: 04/06/2012

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