"Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life."
- Mark Twain
Thirteen years ago a group of high school students took the country by storm with their quest to lose their virginities. American Pie was a hit in 1999. Then American Pie 2 followed in 2001 and American Pie: The Wedding in 2003. Now, there's American Reunion.
American Pie was the escapades of a group of high school seniors who were intent on losing their virginities before they graduated. American Pie 2 reunited the group during their summer break from college. American Pie: The Wedding joined Jim and Michelle in holy matrimony. Now, American Reunion brings the entire gang - and I do mean entire - together for their 13th high school reunion.
Jason Biggs (Jim), Alyson Hannigan (Michelle), Chris Klein (Oz), Thomas Ian Nicholas (Kevin), Seann William Scott (Stifler), Eddie Kaye Thomas (Finch), Mena Suvari (Heather), Tara Reid (Vicky), Eugene Levy (Jim's dad), Jennifer Coolidge (Stifler's mom), and the rest of the characters come together in this supposedly final installment of the American Pie franchise.
Jim and Michelle are struggling being young parents, Oz is a famous newscaster living with a snobby, popularity seeking woman, Kevin is a happy stay-at-home husband, Finch is hiding secrets, Stifler is a lackey at an investment company, Jim's dad is trying to get on with his life after his wife passed away, Stifler's mom is up to her old tricks, Heather's boyfriend is a doctor, and the rest of the characters have made their way through life.
As the gang comes together, some of them realize that their lives are not what they expected or wanted them to be, while others realize that they are in exactly the place they should be. What they all discover, however, is their friendship is stronger than anything life can throw at them. The bonds of friendship are at the heart of American Reunion and all the American Pie films.
In my opinion, there are some funny scenes and the story ties up the characters' arcs in a nice little bow, but this is not as memorable or amusing as the first two movies in this franchise. The characters are older and wiser - except for Stifler - and their antics are overdone. What is memorable about this film is the strength of their enduring friendship.