MOVIE REVIEW: Raunch grows up (a little) in ‘American Reunion’

By M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal

I have happy and somewhat guilty memories of laughing long and hard during 1999’s “American Pie.”
“American Pie 2” and “American Wedding” were solid follow-ups, mixing crass, sex-obsessed humor with a sweetness that inexplicably works. Others have tried the same formula and failed miserably, but the “American Pie” team knew what it was doing in those days.
It’s been nine years since “Wedding,” so I was looking forward to and dreading “American Reunion.”
It’s a relief to say I had a good time watching characters from the first film reunite for another adventure.
They’re adults now. Jim (Jason Biggs) and Michelle (Alyson Hannigan) are learning that having a kid can radically alter what it means to be man and wife. Eugene Levy is back as Jim’s dad, who offers advice on all manner of uncomfortable topics.
Stifler (Seann William Scott) is working for the kind of guy he used to beat up in high school, and Oz (Chris Klein) has all the trappings of success, including a smoking hot girlfriend (Katrina Bowden) who doesn’t understand him.
The characters consume barrels of alcohol and try to relive high school glory, but their adult issues keep popping up.
As is his pattern from the earlier movies, Jim gets into one embarrassing sexual situation after another. This time it involves Kara (Ali Cobrin), an 18-year-old he used to baby-sit.
So you know: There is male and female nudity in this picture.
There’s also fine, creative work by John Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, who share writing and directing credits. The duo weave together an impressive variety of story lines, and most of the cameo roles have a comedic punch that fans of the first three films will appreciate.
“American Reunion” doesn’t break any new ground, but it moves the “American Pie” characters into the adult world with cringe-worthy comedy, as well as a few genuine, heart-felt moments.
I thoroughly enjoyed it, but there was a time when my wife considered taking a book out into the lobby. Make of that what you will.
I give “American Reunion” a B.
It’s showing at the Cinemark in Tupelo, as well as Malcos in Oxford, Corinth and Columbus, and Hollywood Premier Cinemas in Starkville.
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Roadkill Bill Wizard 106.7: He gives “American Reunion” a B. “I really had fun at this one. I laughed a lot, but it was nasty, filthy, dirty.”

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