NATANYA SPIES

Thirteen years ago, a few horny teenagers, a freshly baked pie and a high-school prom in the original American Pie entertained the teenage masses. Now, from 6 April, the cast of American Pie is back, just as untamed and promiscuous as before, even though they’ve morphed into working 30-year-olds. In American Reunion, Jason Biggs, Sean William Scott, Eugene Levy, Alyson Hannigan and the rest of the raunchy crew are back to relive their riotous high school years with a highly predictable high school reunion. Filled with tension between old friends and long-lost romances, the movie proves that the iconic cast hasn’t quite grown out of their juvenile tendencies. The former East Great Falls High School teenagers have moved on with their lives: Jim (Jason Biggs) and Michelle’s (Alyson Hannigan) marriage is challenging due to their rambunctious toddler. Stifler (Sean William Scott) is now attempting to be a responsible businessman and still lives with his voluptuous mother (Jennifer Coolidge). Jim continues to be crudely humiliated, usually by the lingering presence of his father (Eugene Levy). All of these characters are pivotal comedic assets to the overall narrative of the film. The viewer’s opinion of the film depends on their appreciation of previous American Pie movies. The sequel is not recommended to those who don’t enjoy vulgar humour or are unfamiliar with the characters. The narrative provides a mass of awkward and disturbing situations, such as when Jim tries to hide his pornographic collection from his two-year-old child or is seduced by a girl that he used to babysit. As the movie progresses, the jokes become slightly predictable and unoriginal. Because of this, the ending is somewhat redundant. However, do stay to watch one last scene halfway through the credits. For the fervent fans who appreciate the satire and senseless theme of the previous movies, the plot provides an adequate finale to its seven predecessors. Directors Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, who are new to the franchise, continue the theme that captivated the original American Pie generation. If nothing else, the entire cast of the original movie is back (even if their appearance is minimal) with a few new cast members – including Ali Cobrin, Dania Ramirez and Katrina Bowden – who add new flair. Similar to the previous films, it’s the element of reality embedded in each joke, however exaggerated, that makes the film reliably identifiable. Overall, American Reunion confirms the renowned notion that sequels rarely outshine the authenticity of the original. See the trailer pPerdeby748b. RATING: 6/10 Image: www.masti1-entertainment.com

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