American Reunion marks the first true sequel to the American Pie franchise since 2003’s American Wedding. This installment includes the original characters and seems to exclude the previous spin-off movies from the franchise, with exception to some minor points that could be imagined anyway.
American Reunion follows Jim (Jason Biggs), Michelle (Alyson Hannigan) and the rest of the gang as they return to East Great Falls as part of their high school reunion. In true American Pie style this of course comes with a host of raunchy character exploits that threaten to derail their homecoming party.
It is quite clear even from the film’s poster that the movie is designed to play homage to the original. Echoing American Pie in its execution and overall spirit playing to the nostalgia of the 90’s generation. American Reunion plays out as a great companion to the first movie bringing the franchise back to its roots with some inside jokes for fans while also providing a bookend to the series.
Returning after a 9 year hiatus the initial interest for American Reunion will be the novelty of hanging out with all the East Great Falls crew for one last time. In this aspect it does not disappoint. The film is filled to the brim with references of the past trilogy of films. For instance upon arriving home Jim inspects his room still intact as though it’s 1999 and he’s never left.
This time around the whole gang is back to enjoy their reunion weekend and fight off the new generation of teenagers at east great falls. This ensures laughs throughout while allowing the characters to show off some of their signature quirks. Now they are all grown up, married, with kids and at a completely differently life stage to where we left them. There’s also the welcome return of Oz (Chris Klein) who was missed in American Wedding.
The film holds some of the running jokes of the franchise with the likes of Jim’s Dad (Eugene Levy) coming in to provide fatherly figure support or Stifler (Sean-William Scott) finally getting his revenge on Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas). All while mixing in the gangs antics with the new generation to keep things fun and fresh.
After all the antics they get up to for most of the movie fighting against the younger generation. The final act shows our favorite gang attend their high school reunion, 13 years after graduating – because they missed 10 years. This act brings back many familiar faces most of which are unseen since American Pie 2. Even though these are only in short cameo it provides closure on many of the characters in the American Pie universe to give an end to the franchise.
American Reunion is largely a nostalgia piece to give a nod to the fans and rekindle the love for these highly popular characters. For the 90’s generation who grew up with the American Pie franchise it marks the end of an era. More importantly it does not disappoint and is a strong installment in the series with laughs for both old fans and new ones.