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American Reunion: A Preview

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Emily Dabbs

Staff Writer

After taking a nine year hiatus from the “American Pie” franchise, Jason Biggs, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Chris Klein, Seann William Scott, and Eddie Kaye Thomas return to the big screen with many of their old co-stars in “American Reunion.”

In October of 2008, Universal Pictures released that they were abandoning the straight-to-DVD “American Pie” movies so they could focus on make this fourth sequel to the original hit.

In 2010, Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg signed on to write and direct the film and the film entered pre-production with the hopes of reunited the entire original cast.  But by March of 2011, they had only signed Eugene Levy, Biggs, and Scott; the latter two were given credit as executive producer and with their help, the rest of the original cast had signed on by the end of that July.

The movie takes place in East Great Falls, Michigan, the setting for the first movie released in 1999 as Jim, Kevin, Finch, and Oz are reunited at their tenth year reunion and the fans of the franchise get to see how these four characters have changed since taking a vow in their senior year of high school; Jim and Michelle are still happily married and since “American Wedding” they have had a son; Kevin has become an architect and works from home; Oz lives in Malibu and is an NFL sportscaster; and Finch has stayed off everyone’s radar while traveling the world.

“American Reunion” is highly anticipated by audience but the critics who have gotten an early look at it have had mixed reviews.

“‘American Pie’ (1999), ‘American Pie 2′ (2001) and ‘American Wedding’ (2003) have made the cast so familiar that this movie actually feels sort of like our reunion with them. We get an update,” said Roger Ebert, writer for Chicago Sun-Times.  “‘American Reunion’ has a sense of deja vu, but it still delivers a lot of nice laughs.”

“The problem with ‘American Reunion,’ which was written and directed by Jon Hurvitz and Hayden Schlossberg (‘Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay’), is that the movie never overcomes the feeling that it is — above all else — an attempt to wring a few more dollars out from a once-profitable franchise,” said Rene Rodriguez of the Miami Times. “There isn’t a single surprise in it. The movie is just more of the same, only now the characters are adults, which makes their horny-adolescent antics less funny. You keep wanting to tell them to grow the hell up.”

If you are a fan of the original movies, be sure to check this movie out in theaters Easter weekend.