Movie review: American Reunion

The cast of the movie American Reunion, back row from left, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Mena Suvari, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Chris Klein and Seann William Scott. Front row from left, Alyson Hannigan, Jason Biggs and Tara Reid.
The cast of the movie American Reunion, back row from left, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Mena Suvari, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Chris Klein and Seann William Scott. Front row from left, Alyson Hannigan, Jason Biggs and Tara Reid. Contributed - UPI Media

COMPARED to the raunch comedies of today the original American Pie almost looks tame.

Love it or hate it there is no denying American Pie has made cultural history.

In 1999 Paul Weitz's film raised, or depending on your opinion lowered the bar of films exploiting male adolescent sexual panic for laughs and drama.

Cue that pie scene as well as hilarious scenes involving a very awkward Eugene Levy giving his son sexual pep talks and the film became somewhat of a classic.

Phrases from the movie filtered through to our vernacular and still remain 13 years later.

The sequels that followed were increasingly desperate, sleazy and in the end the only remaining cast members were the pie and Jim's dad.

But American Reunion sees a return to form and is a reunion in the true sense of the word.

All the old favorites are back, albeit much older and a little worse for wear.

Even Milf Guys #1 and #2, the Sherninator and Nadia make a reappearance which nicely provides the finishing touch to the pie.

The characters we first met as horny teenagers are now men in their 30's back for a school reunion.

Jim and Michelle are married with a kid; Oz is beefcake sports anchorman, Kevin is married and knee-deep in Gossip Girl and reality TV; Finch is an adventurous world traveler and Stifler, well he's still Stifler.

The script is lively and extremely well executed.

It's almost fan-fiction, extremely respectful of the source material and taking it exactly where fans would want.

It's a fun and raunchy romp filled with the expected tasteless but hilarious gags and peppered with nudity, drunkenness and sexual shenanigans.

It's a shame to see Michelle (Alyson Hannigan) given a backseat as a wife and mum but she does her best with the material.

Levy as Jim's dad and Jennifer Coolidge as Stifler's mum garner the most laughs and the final few scenes are just the icing on the cake or pastry on the pie if you will.

It may have been a few years since servings but Reunion is the perfect last slice of pie.


American Pie: Reunion

  • Stars: Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Seann William Scott, Mena Suvari, Tara Reid, Chris Klein, Eugene Levy
  • Director: Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg
  • Rated: MA
  • Verdict: 3 out of 4 stars

Topics:  movie review

Get set for a wet weekend

Wet weather is on the way for the region this weekend.

RAINFALL is predicted for the Rockhampton region over the weekend.

Korean students get taste of Beef Cap

Rockhampton Regional Council Mayor Margaret Strelow

ROCKY wants part of educational program experience.

What's On in Rocky this weekend

TRENDY TRASH: Several sales are being held in Rockhampton today as part of the national Garage Sale Trail.

LOOKING for something to do this weekend?

Local Partners

Nebo poetry lovers unite for Smoko

LOVABLE larrikins and budding bush poets converged on the Nebo Museum for the annual Nebo Bush Poet's Smoko.

Your chance to win

Learn More

WHAT'S ON: Your guide to entertainment and events this weekend

AWARD WINNING SHOW: Tequila Mockingbird can be seen at St Brednan's College, Yeppoon on Saturday.

LOOKING for something to do this weekend?

Garage Sale Trail finds treasure in trash

Richard Morvell from Trendy Trash Rockhampton, Cr Neil Fisher, and Craig Dunglison, Manager of Rockhampton Regional Waste and Recycling gear up for Garage Sale Trail.

Bargains galore on offer at garage sales this weekend

GARAGE SALE GUIDE: Find out where to grab the best bargains

Several sales are being held in Rockhampton on Saturday as part of the national Garage Sale Trail.

Your guide to the Garage Sale Trail in Rockhampton

Bruce Springsteen finds therapy useful

Singer Bruce Springsteen

Singer encourages others to seek help

Former Split Enz front man Tim Finn finds new niche

Singer Tim Finn has written the music for theatre production Ladies in Black.

Musician finds his way to theatre

Kerry Washington wants one more child

Kerry Washington recently gave birth to her second child

Kerry has only just become a new mum again

TRAVEL: Musicals light up Sydney

David Campbell performs in Dream Lover.

We take a trip through one of Sydney's finer scenes

Wine and dine your way around Brisbane this summer

Brisbane has the best places to wine and dine.

NINE of the best places to wine and dine.

In Flames are super 'proud' of new album

In Flames album to be released in November.  Photo Contributed

In Flames to release new album in November

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June

New $200 million development will create 580 jobs

Cassie And Josh with baby Alfie and daughter Andee. They have bought at new Lennox Head development Epiq.

Majority of new positions will be given to Northern Rivers locals

Cherrabah's mega resort plans axed

PLANS for a massive development at Cherrabah have been scrapped.

What our mayor thinks of the new draft SEQPlan

The plan to use the innovative technology as part of the new Maroochydore CBD was cemented on site today when Mayor Mark Jamieson and Envac Asia Region president Chun Yong Ha formally signed the contract for the $20 million underground waste collection system.

New plan accommodates Sunshine Coast Council's vision for growth.

Dusit Thani finance crisis 'just a small hiccup'

ON TRACK: Springfield Land Chairman, Maha Sinnathamby, Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale, Developer Richard Turner and Springfield Land Deputy Chairman, Bob Sharpless, at the recent resort sod turning ceremony.

Property developer says project remains firmly on track

Heavyweight enters real estate market

Des Besanko principal and director of Raine and Horne Springfield.

Major rebranding which has seen two big name brands merge