The gang returns for more college hijincks and shenanigans as American Pie tries to bring back its roots for last hoorah to send off a fun franchise.
The whole crew is back in this attempt at rekindling the nostalgic fibers of the fans of this titular teen raunchy comedy series. And as a fan of the series I was glad to see it get one last shot after American Wedding wasn’t the true ending it deserved.
Everyone is back acting wise as Jason Biggs, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Chris Klein, Seann William Scott, and Eddie Kaye Thomas reprise the roles that made them stars. They also bring back the strong supporters such as Alyson Hannigan, Tara Reid, Mena Suvari, and Eugene Levy to just make this a good ole fashion reunion!
The movie starts out with just a tidal wave of callbacks and “remember this it was funny then” moments that kind of not only overwhelms the audience but begs the questions, “could we have just waited and scattered those out along the movie?” But that question is answered in a quick no as we visit each major character to see how life is and then thrust them back home to start the mayhem. While you can’t help but enjoy the characters as the actors take us back to beginning rather quickly, the just sudden push into reliving kind of peeved me because it felt like just another forced reunion type movie and I was hoping that they might subtly through in the mise-en-scene of the previous movies into this one to make it more memorable.
The main story is focused on the reunion and really the revival of youth in these characters. While nobody in the main cast really blew me away, you can never go wrong with Seann William Scott as Stifler as he brings his brand back to this movie and made me laugh just as he did in the previous three movies. The character I probably laughed the most at was John Cho as MILF Guy #2 who just came out with some of the most random and hilarious lines in the entire film. Other than that I wasn’t as invested in the storyline as I was in the previous movies and I felt like at some points the sub-plots such as the hot girl who was into Jason Biggs and the rough patch of his marriage kind of fell short and was a lack of insightful writing making it more of a lazy job.
I couldn’t complain too much though as it is always nice to see the characters on the screen doing what they do best and while the movie as a whole wasn’t as good as say the second movie it still was good and probably was better than American Wedding. I recommend seeing it if you are a fan of the series but if you are looking for this one to get you hooked I would say to go and watch them in order so you can get more out of it.