|Sean William Scott, American Reunion, Universal Pictures, 2012.|
Testing the boundaries of taste more than a decade later, Adam Herz's American Pie characters have found a place in our hearts because he gave them dimension while humiliating them. Especially Jim (Jason Biggs), our bumbling, misbegotten hero. Jim is the launchpad on which this tentpole was raised, the all-American "nerd" who really was a good guy, fucked n apple pie AND got the girl in the end. As usual, Sean William Scott's Stifler walks way with the flick, easily. Its nice to see Thomas Ian Nicholas, Chris Klein, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Allyson Hannigan, Mena Suvari, and Tara Reid, all slipping so easily back into character after all these years.
The Weitz Brothers created a wonderfully memorable teen gross-out comedy to rivaling any flick from its 80s roots. A redundant sequel and a surprisingly likable third entry supposedly rounded out the trilogy. Now here comes American Reunion, and it really does speak to this generation, the kids who paid to see American Pie in 1999, now approaching middle-age and their own high school reunions. For what its worth, Harold and Kumar creators Hurwitz and Schlossberg have made the best American Pie film since the Weitz's original.