American Reunion (2012)

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American Reunion

Release Date: April 6, 2012

Director: Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg

Stars: Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Seann William Scott

Runtime: 113 min

Tagline: Save the best piece for last.

 The whole gang is back for a high school reunion after thirteen years.

 Jim and Michelle are having marital problems and hope to resolve them over the weekend. Everyone else offers their same antics, Stifler’s trying to make a name for himself in society, Kevin hopes Vicki still isn’t hung up on him after all these years, Oz has a new sexy girlfriend but he’s still after the one that got away: Heather. Also, Finch has been travelling the world and isn’t really hung up on Stifler’s Mom anymore. Jim’s Dad experiments with alcohol and drugs with Stifler’s Mom, as a way to get out of the house after he’s been widowed for a few years (what a beautiful way to get rid of a character if the actress doesn’t want to be in the project, kill her off).

It’s a little disappointing if you anticipate it for a long while, but if you don’t really have expectations, it’s a pretty good comedy. I liked most of it. Some of the antics are old, and some of the jokes are recycled from the first film and some you actually have to see that film to understand it.

I didn’t care for a lot of the young cast, but the extended period of time the one young woman was topless; I didn’t hate that at all.

Some of it’s really predictable, but it’s nice to see the whole gang back together. The MILF guys have drifted away from each other, and it’s just the lone John Cho (MILF Guy #2) currently, and there’s still the ongoing feud between Finch and Stifler, which is still pretty funny.

Some of it wasn’t funny, but other stuff really was, but it did run a little long for a comedy of only mediocre quality. It would have been nice if Adam Herz (writer of the first three films) was more involved in the project. It’s a pretty good film that revisits the original cast (it being the fourth film that goes to theaters and the eighth in the series if you count the straight to video trash [with the exception of Band Camp, which was a little funny]). It’s better than the second, in the range of the goodness of the third film, and is definitely better than the straight-to-DVD releases. It’s all really a great nostalgic feeling for most of the viewing.

The cast is all much older, time does that; it stars Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Chris Klein, Thomas Ian Nichols, Seann William Scott, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Mena Suvari, Tara Reid (a minor part though), Katrina Bowden, John Cho, Jennifer Coolidge, Eugene Levy, Ali Cobrin, and small appearances by Natasha Lyonne and Shannon Elizabeth as Nadia.

It’s a little memorable; I’d give the Unrated version a view and then maybe view the film again in a couple of years or so. It’s a pretty tasty slice of pie that can really hit the spot, but also can be quite bland after you’ve had too much of it. If you’ve seen the original series, watch it; but there are better comedies that you could watch for the year of 2012. Nothing I really regret seeing though.

63/100

American Wedding – A Film review by Daniel Prinn — Better than the second.

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American Wedding

Release Date: August 1, 2003

Director: Jesse Dylan

Stars: Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Seann William Scott

Runtime: 96 min

Tagline: Forever hold your piece. 

It was a bit of an improvement compared to the franchise’s second outing.

The crew is back (excluding the characters played by Chris Klein, Mena Suvari, Tara Reid and Natasha Lyonne, and a decent decision that was after the disastrous second film), and Jim and Michelle are getting married, and they’ve invited all of Jim’s old pals and Michelle’s little sister.

Oh, and the unwanted Stifler makes a pretty comedic drop-in at the wedding party that he thinks is a graduation party. Some shenanigans that are played out include a bachelor party, Stifler mistakenly going to a gay bar, and Finch and Stifler switching roles (Finch becoming the Finchmeister, and Stifler becoming sophisticated) to win the affection of Michelle’s little sister, Cadence.

I was more entertained by this film than the second, it’s definitely better; not by very much, but better. A lot of the material was pretty fresh, I enjoyed it. It has more memorable scenes than the second, it’s a decent comedy.

The really only notable stars that are added to the mix are January Jones and Eric Allan Kramer portraying a character called Bear, and he now plays the Dad on the Family channel show Good Luck Charlie, kind of an interesting thing that he went from a pretty vulgar and nude comedy like this to a family TV show.

If you liked the first and want to see a better film than the second, give it a watch.

63/100

 

American Pie 2 – A Film review by Daniel Prinn — What the heck, was this Pie baked in an Easy Bake Oven?

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American Pie 2

Release Date: August 10, 2001

Director: J.B. Rogers

Stars: Jason Biggs, Seann William Scott, Shannon Elizabeth

Runtime: 108 min

Tagline: It’s time for a second helping.

It’s not an excellent sequel.

The film is a mediocre comedy sequel that continues to display the antics of Jim and his friends, and Stifler, when they reunite after their first year of college and go to a vacation house for the summer to impress chicks.

It’s okay for a sequel, not passable but not the worst I’ve ever witnessed, but it is pretty predictable and really rather forgettable. Some of the gags are pretty funny, but others are a little tasteless and tired. I can’t say I really loved it on a high level, but I didn’t despise it, it did give me a few laughs, but I really can’t remember what they were. A good comedy to me is that one that’s memorable and I can just chuckle by thinking back at it. This one, is not really one of those films.

The whole crew is back for this one and all the likeable characters, but at the odd time they can get a bit annoying.

Give it a watch if you liked the first one, it can be a moderately enjoyable time, it’s satisfying enough; but there are funnier films out there, and it really is a second slice of Pie that could have been baked much better.

                                                         

50/100

Film review: American Pie. The great comedy that launched a pretty decent teen comedy franchise in 1999.

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 American Pie

Release Date: July 9, 1999

Director: Paul Weitz

Stars: Jason Biggs, Chris Klein, Alyson Hannigan

Runtime: 95 min

Tagline: Boy gets girl. Boy loses girl. Boy gets pie.

 It’s a pretty funny coming of age comedy.

Four high school boys enter a pact to lose their virginity by the end of prom night. Jim is the main guy in the group, doing things like trying to get with a hot foreign girl Nadia, doing a nasty deed with an apple pie, and eventually finding something great in an unexpected girl. Oz is on the lacrosse team, and has his eye on the beautiful choir girl, Heather. Kevin has been dating Victoria for a while and hasn’t had the most luck in the department of pleasuring her and is focused solely on losing his virginity to her. Finch is the sophisticated nice guy who has an infamous love interest by the end of the film. And Stifler is the the immature and hilarious jerk friend, who is the funniest in the film.

The whole story seems a little shallow for a coming-of-age comedy film, but it really can be funny. It has a great bunch of funny and memorable scenes, and very memorable characters.

It’s a movie that can be watched many times, as it’s always funny, and the comedic tension between Finch and Stifler is always funny. Going to Band Camp would be a funny experience.

The film stars Jason Biggs, Seann William Scott, Chris Klein, Alyson Hannigan, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Shannon Elizabeth, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Tara Reid, Mena Suvari, Chris Owen as The Shermanator, Jennifer Coolidge as Stifler’s Mom, and Eugene Levy as Jim’s Dad.

It’s a great start to a pretty awesome comedy franchise (with the exception of the pretty bad straight to DVD crap). It’s the best slice of Pie in the series.

             75/100

Review written on: August 9, 2012, by Daniel Prinn.