“Dude, it’s like I’m frelling 13 again…”
Those were my words the moment the music kicked in at the start of American Reunion; the fourth major installment in the American Pie movie series. They were also my words shortly after the movie ended. For those who are not aware, and let’s be fair here how could you be aware since I never told you, American Reunion was the movie I was most excited for this year. Yes, above things like The Avengers, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Dark Knight Rises, and The Hobbit was where American Reunionstood for me.
Why, you might ask? Well, I’m still working that out myself. American Pie had a huge effect on my childhood self. I saw the original movie shortly after its release with my dad in a theater in Manhattan. At the time I had been extremely excited for it, but honestly at that age I was excited to see any movie that might be too “mature” for me. The thought of seeing boobs also helped…and sometimes still does. American Pie turned into something more for me over the course of repeat viewings. It was like a tool to teach me, to some extent, what to expect from my fast approaching journey into the lands of high school.
Now, some 13 years later, American Reunion is like a tool for dealing with my late-20’s and eventually approaching early-30’s. The tale of Jim, Kevin, Oz, Finch, and Stiffler’s journey to their 13th high school reunion is something I’ve always wondered about in my own life. Long have I dreamed of what it would be like to go to a high school reunion. I’m serious on it being a long time…like since before I ever even entered high school…it’s kind of sad when I stop to think about it. Moving on…
To see these characters that I grew up with now in a similar place in their lives as I am, if a few years ahead of me, is a strange kind of inspiration. Plus it’s great seeing a more definitive end to each main characters story arc, yes even Jim’s Dad. Though I wouldn’t be so sure that it is the end. Another sequel does not seem entirely unlikely, but that depends on how well this movie does of course.
*Exceptionally minor spoilers may follow*
Now onto the movie itself. I have already alluded to it, but the story in American Reunion is easily on par with that of the second movie. I’m not sure if it is as good as the original, but it would give American Pie 2 a solid run for its money. The acting is also completely solid; the main cast knows their roles and plays them well. Most, if not all, secondary and tertiary characters of note make further appearances and play their roles well. Some of them even get touching, heartfelt scenes; including a certain duo who shall remain nameless.
The last thoughts I have on the movie is this: If you were not fond of the original American Pie movies, then you will certainly not be fond of this one. American Reunion is made specifically for those of us who have a fondness for the franchise and similar movies. It holds true to this formula throughout the run of its narrative and doesn’t ease up. Myself, and the group I attended the movie with, all thought it was absolutely brilliant though.
Now we just wait and see where they go from here with the series.
“To the next step!…”