New Release: American Reunion
I had the honor of seeing this with a friend who is a little older than I am. As we were leaving the movie he put the math together and realized that essentially I am the same age as the American Pie franchise kids. Actually I'm 2 years older, but yes, these kids went to school about the exact same time I did, so the music references, clothing references, etc. were not lost on me. All of that is good because this movie relies REALLY heavily on the nostalgia factor of people at their 13th reunion. 21 Jump Street recently relied on this kind of nostalgia as well - comparing "kids today" to what high school was like in the early 90s - including "remembering" almost every single joke from the previous films. "Remember that one time, at band camp ..."
Jim (Jason Biggs) and Michelle (Allyson Hannigan) have been married for a while now and have a toddler. They used to be an oversexed couple, but have resorted to self-pleasure since their son was born, to the detriment of their marriage. They return to their hometown for their 13th reunion, with all the characters from the original. Kevin (Thomas Ian Nicholas), who used to date Vicki (Tara Reid) is now married and a stay at home husband who watches "Housewives", "The Bachelor" and "Kathy Lee and Hoda". Oz (Chris Klein) is now a commentator for a sports show and did a knock off of "Dancing with the Stars" and has become pretty famous. He runs into Heather "Choir Chick" (Mena Suvari) and realizes, as he did in high school, that he doesn't like the person he has become since they stopped dating. Meanwhile Finch arrives relating stories of his many adventures. So they're all kind of successful. Then we see Stiffler (Seann William Scott), who really hasn't made anything of his life because life has changed since high school, but of course he hasn't.
They realize, of course, that you can't go home again and that while high school might have been great, your own life is pretty good too. There is a fair amount of new humor - Jim's 18-year-old neighbor gets drunk and hits on Jim, and a good supply of actual problems and discussion, but most of the movie relives the glory days of the previous films. The best parts of the movie are almost all Eugene Levy as Jim's dad. Either his discussions with Jim about how to fix his marriage or getting drunk with Stiffler and finding Stiffler's mom pretty attractive. Otherwise, there just isn't enough new heart or information to actually like the characters. I suppose they succeeded with what almost everyone realizes after attending their own reunions - high school was good, but you don't want to do it again. The filmmakers should stick to that idea when pondering another installment.