I've missed these characters.
The class of 1999 finally returns after nine long years of putting us through misery, having to deal with four desperate, face-smacking straight-to-DVD spin-offs that not one has ever been finished by my DVD player. If there is anything fans of the American Pie franchise can thank American Reunion for, it's completely erasing the four spin-offs from existence. If you unfortunately know your "American Pie Presents..." history then you'll remember that in "The Naked Mile" the famous character we all know and love, Steve Stifler, is mentioned. It is said that Stifler was working as a porn filmmaker. In American Reunion, not once is it ever implied that Stifler worked in the porn business based clearly on the job he holds in the film. Just this one little thing erased all four spin-offs from ever happening and that was a huge highlight in my opinion.
Nine years have passed since American Wedding concluded the class of 1999's story. Here we are in 2012 and a reunion has formulated. As perfect as American Wedding did conclude the trilogy, I wasn't at all upset when a fourth film was announced. If you haven't seen my reviews for the first three American Pie films then I'll state here that these are hands down my favorite pieces of comedy. Everything about them I find super-hysterical and completely satisfying. Luckily, American Reunion keeps the train going and serves up another two hours of complete fun and wild insanity!
Any fan of the first three would worry that a fourth film released nine years after the conclusion would ruin everything. American Pie does the complete opposite by bringing fans back to a comedy-era that started the over-the-top raunchy quality that we see in just about every comedy nowadays. Back in 1999 when American Pie released, fans of the comedy genre had already seen raunchiness thrown into comedies before but never as outrageous. For two sequels after that, American Pie only doubled the craziness and kept the fans rolling off in laughter. If you thought American Wedding was as raunchy as they'd come, you seriously need to think again.
Adam Herz (writer of the first three) probably had all these gags running through his train of the thoughts the last nine years, and he had more time than ever to come up with an American Pie that would wipe the others off the map of the most gross-out humor. He certainly achieves that goal because there isn't a doubt in my mind that states American Reunion isn't the funniest of the four. It may not have the best plot of the American Pie films, but the comedic elements certainly save it and grant its place as the funniest one...yet?
I only add that question mark at the end of that last paragraph because American Reunion, while it can be a solid farewell to all of these characters, ends at a point where a sequel could or could not happen. It ends at a point where one would be happy with having that as a final goodbye but also where you'd be even happier if a sequel would happen. What other misadventures could these characters go through though? They aren't the party-pumping, sex-craving teens they were in the first two so a sex-comedy element probably wouldn't work. Plus, there has already been a wedding and a reunion. What could happen next....a weekend ski trip? Hell put them all in one room together for two hours and I'd be a happy camper. I'll gladly take the risk of a great conclusion turning into just another regular ending in order to see my favorite on-screen comedy characters from any franchise once again. As long as Adam Herz delivers a script that is just as hilarious as this one, American Pie can continue its streak as comedy satisfaction. I wouldn't let the "Save the best piece for last" tagline fool you, American Wedding said the same thing.
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-Written by Corey Wood