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‘American Reunion’: Some things never change

By Wang DexianMovies - 05 April 2012 10:45 AM | Updated 11:05 AM

‘American Reunion’: Some things never change

The gang is up to no good again in 'American Reunion'.


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Rating: 3 stars out of 5

The Stars: Jason Biggs, Seann William Scott, Alyson Hannigan, Tara Reid, Mena Suvari

The Buzz: While this might be the fourth theatrical ‘American Pie’ film, it's actually the eight film in the entire series, consisting of other direct to video films you may or may not have heard of. Also, it marks the return of many of the original film's cast, including Oz (Chris Klein), Heather (Mena Suvari), Nadia (Shannon Elizabeth) and many more that we shall not spoil for you.

The Story: Following the events of ‘American Wedding’, Jim (Jason Biggs) and Michelle (Alyson Hannigan) are now married although the birth of a child has brought their sex life to an absolute halt.  Meanwhile, Oz is now a television personality who hosts a NFL show. Stifler is still.... Stifler -- an assistant to an overbearing boss at a huge international investment firm. As the high school reunion approaches, old passions are reignited and the usual hijinks ensue. thinks: When watching a movie like ‘American Reunion’, it's quite important to know exactly what you're in for, and what the movie delivers is exactly what anyone should expect from a film in the series; lots of over the top low brow humour, nudity and sex related gags. The unhumourous movie goer looking for something intellectual: Stay as far away as possible.

“American Reunion” is also, as expected, amazingly juvenile. While that may be a detriment to most films in general, it's not the case here. Somehow, the obsession with sex drives home a major point of this film; whether old or young, single or married, sex and the strings that may or may not come with it (love, memories, fidelity or just plain grossness) is still on everybody's mind.

Cheers to another 100 minutes of dirty jokes.

Jim and Michelle's lack of sexy time is exactly the kind of thing Singaporean couples can relate to. At least they have it easier, we are stuck in a HDB flat with even less space. End grumbling rant. Stifler, predictably, steals the show again, adding to his list of legendary gross out gags and continuously interrupting everyone else with his unique brand of hilarity.

Perhaps the most surprising element of the movie is really how sweet the movie is despite all the sleaziness exuding out of it. Although we found ourselves questioning why there was a need for an additional instalment of the series before watching it; the camaraderie and joy that radiates from the reunion of both cast and character is palpable and as a viewer, we couldn't help but revel in it.

In some ways, the movie was exactly what we thought it would be and as the old adage goes; “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” And we wouldn't have expected anything less. It's almost predictable to a fault, but the movie will win you over with heart, humour and a healthy dose of boobies.