Jim and his friends go back to East
Great Falls for their high school reunion.
American Reunion (2012)
Written and Directed by Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg
Starring Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Seann William Scott, Chris Klein, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Eddie Kaye Thomas,
Mena Suvari, Eugene Levy, Tara Reid, John Cho, Jennifer Coolidge, Dania Ramirez, Katrina Bowden, Ali Cobrin
Sequel to 2003's American Wedding
Being both a part four and a belated sequel, the odds were very much stacked against American Reunion, but somehow this nostalgic-fueled comedy beat those odds and wound up being quite entertaining. It was great seeing all the characters we've gotten to know over the course of this franchise, and seeing where they ended up made me wax nostalgic for my high school years. Jim (Jason Biggs) and Michelle (Alyson Hannigan) are parents now, but that doesn't make them any less horny and accident-prone. Stifler (Seann William Scott) is back to his rightful place as a side character and is funny just enough. Oz (Chris Klein) and Heather (Mena Suvari) are back and once again their romance steals the show. It's so cool that they got the entire cast to return, even in fleeting cameos.
Jim and Michelle are having trouble with their sex life, so they hope going to their high school reunion will rekindle the spark. Once there, sex-related hijinks ensue once Jim learns that the girl he used to babysit next door, Kara (Ali Cobrin), is all grown up and super into him. Along the way, Jim and his friends realize that they're the old men now. Keg parties and beach weekends just aren't who they are anymore, and it's a little poignant to see them struggle with letting go of this side of themselves. Except Stifler, of course. If anything, he gets even wilder.
American Reunion was a fantastic way to end this hilarious franchise that captures the teenage spirit of growing up and exploring your sexuality. It has enough callbacks to elicit some well-earned chuckles, but also goes in some new directions that make for some memorable moments. I enjoyed most of this franchise. They know exactly what they are and they take pride in their ridiculousness.