Wednesday, 4 April 2012

0 Movie review: American Pie: Reunion

Let the record show there was one good, game-changing original movie. When the first American Pie arrived in 1999, it was a seismic event in the annals of gross-out humour.

Then came two sort-of-sad sequels (by 2003, there was already an American Pie: The Wedding, always a bad sign) and some awful straight-to-video business (with titles such as American Pie Presents: The Naked Mile) that no one dares mention.

American Pie: Reunion

Now we have American Pie: Reunion, one final, desperate flogging of a horse that had expired many years ago.

The filmmakers, some recruited from the Harold & Kumar stable, have obviously been instructed to stick to a strict formula.

Every single joke or routine that worked way-back-when is echoed once more for old times' sake. There is no fresh material.

Unless you count the can't-unsee-this sight of American Pie's immortal jackass-mascot Stifler (Seann William Scott) taking a long and leisurely poo in someone's esky. (Let's not, shall we?)

When it isn't wobbling from the groan-worthy to the grotesque with gormless abandon, American Pie: Reunion settles into something approaching a watch-able rut.

All the best-known cast members are given a few same-old smutty somethings to run through.

A select few, such as Jason Biggs (as Jim, the one who once famously had relations with a dessert), Chris Klein (Oz), Eddie Kaye Thomas (Finch) and Eugene Levy (Jim's dad) can still hold it together in front of a camera.(Google)

Others, such as one-time franchise pin-ups Tara Reid and Shannon Elizabeth, seem barely aware they are in a movie at all.


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