'American Reunion' isn't even half baked
By Christy Lemire, Associated Press
May 4, 2012, 7:12 pm TWN
You probably haven't been lying awake in bed at night wondering whatever became of Stifler and Oz and the rest of the horny kids from the original “American Pie” movie.
Yet here they are, after 13 years and a couple of sequels, in “American Reunion.” And they're more bland than bawdy these days.
That's part of the joke: that they (and we) aren't in high school anymore, that we all have to grow up and function as adults with responsibilities and whatnot. We can't spend all our time thinking lascivious thoughts about pastry. That's just adolescent.
But that doesn't make for a very fun or funny movie; instead, “American Reunion” relies on clichés about nostalgia, forced tension over strained friendships and melodrama about the rekindling of first loves.
Jim and Michelle (Jason Biggs and Alyson Hannigan) are now married with a 2-year-old son and zero sex life. But they return to their Michigan hometown for a 10-year high school reunion that's being staged three years late because supposedly no one could get their act together on time. It's a plot contrivance, leave it at that.
There they run into the old gang, including Chris Klein as Oz, who's now a slick sports anchor, Eddie Kaye Thomas as the sophisticated Finch and Seann William Scott as Stifler, who's still ... Stifler. Tara Reid and Mena Suvari show up as personality-free blonde robots Vicky and Heather, respectively. And really, the women get short shrift here. They're either boring good girls or sexually aggressive nymphets, with no shadings of substance or complexity in between.