The Stifmaster is back, along with the rest of the gang as “American Reunion” hits the big screen for the fourth installment in the now-classic series. Everybody’s back for one last high school “hurrah,” and, knowing this cast of characters, there will certainly be lots of laughs along way.
For those who are not familiar with “American Pie,” the films revolve around five friends: Jim, Oz, Kevin, Finch and Stifler. Perhaps the most iconic figure of the series is Eugene Levy, who plays the father of Jim in all four films, as well as the spin-off series “American Pie Presents.” In the original movies, the friends were awkward high schoolers, each desperate to lose their virginity before graduation.
Now they have grown up, gotten married and tried to make it in the world. As they all return for their high school reunion, they discover that they might not be as “over” high school as they thought.
This film was designed to appease both die-hard fans and those who are just hopping on the wagon. While there are several inside jokes from the previous three films, they only enhanced the film, allowing the first-time viewer to keep up and understand why “American Pie” has been so popular. Considering that this is the fourth film in the series, it would be easy to assume that it would be a cheap gimmick for laughs.
Thankfully, that is not the case, as the film had some very creative moments and did not rely on as many crude jokes as the past films have. Yet, the series continues to rely on sexuality as the basis of its humor and is not the most mature of films.
Many critics will be quick to pen “American Reunion” as merely several lines of crude jokes about breasts, drinking and sex. They might dismiss this film as an abomination. True, this film is not a masterpiece and does not have a great moral lesson or high intellectual level, but that isn’t the point.
It is always amazing to see how many people are astonished by the crude nature of films such as “American Pie.” Did these critics not see the trailer? Have they not heard of the other three films?
Obviously this film is not for everyone. It takes full advantage of its “R” rating and promotes many things that aren’t exactly wholesome. In addition, many people still find the word “poop” funny. Just because these films take advantage of some easy laughs doesn’t mean that they are useless.
There comes a time when everyone needs to unwind a little and just let their mind turn to mush with a simple, funny film like “American Reunion.”