Review of American Reunion


Early on, the young son of Jim Levenstein (Jason Biggs) walks in on him while masturbating, and really, why not? He’s the only one in the family who hasn’t. This is all more of the same from a series that has always been a one-trick pony, i.e when working with nudity and more importantly, embarrassing nudity, u don’t have to try that hard. Never have jokes seemed more set up in advance, or gone just as predictably as you thought they would; or have comedy writers gone back to the well to try the same gag so many times over.

Jim, Stifler (Sean William Scott), Oz (Chris Klein), Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas), and Kevin (Thomas Ian Nicholas) reunite again for their 15th High School reunion and that means a big party weekend. Most of the guys are married, which in Hollywood means they either get no sex at all, are unhappy, or are hen-pecked into watching “Beverly Hills Housewives”, so we can expect the guys to try and reclaim their youth by hanging out with High School girls or reconnecting with old flames.

Gross-out gags ensue (Stifler takes a crap in some guy’s beer cooler, sorry for ruining the punch line for you), and since we’re reminiscing, there are a lot of pop culture references from the 90’s (one about Ricky Martin is the only one I can remember being that funny though). Most of this is pretty average for most run-of-the-mill comedies these days, gross for the sake of gross and more familiar than actually surprising. And this is another movie about relationships that oddly enough keeps the women on the sidelines until its time for the guys to say “I’m sorry.” Most of what does work is thanks to this cast, with Biggs being both lovable dufus and hapless physical comedian when called upon, while Scott and Eugene Levy (Jim’s dad) get more laughs than the material even deserves by delivery alone. “Reunion” isn’t a bad movie, in fact it’s exactly like the other three, but the joke has gotten old enough that you just feel like yelling at the screen, “Jim, just lock the damn door first.”