American Reunion (2012)

Director: Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg

Writer: Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg (Screenplay)

Starring: Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Chris Klein, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Tara Reid, Seann William Scott, Mena Suvari, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Eugene Levy

Story: It is time for the East Great Falls school reunion and we get to see what our favourite high schoolers have got up to since Jim and Michelle’s wedding. Jim (Biggs) and Michelle (Hannigan) are still married and have their own little boy now, but on a sadder note Jim’s mum has passed away leaving Jim’s Dad (Levy) alone.

Kevin (Nicholas) continues his trend through the series by having smaller and smaller part in the story and he is now a full time stay at home parent. While Finch (Thomas) still has a big air of mystery about him. Stifler (William Scott) who seems to have be forgotten about after ‘growing up’ at the of the Wedding doesn’t get the same open arms invite and just joins in and wants to party. Did no one else remember he was all in love at the end of the wedding?

After his absence from the wedding Oz (Klein) is back and he has done well for himself, he is a sports presenter, reality dance show star who is dating the beautiful Mia (Katrina Bowden). He returns to see Heather (Suvari) who is with a creepy doctor.

With all the original boys and girls well now men and women back for one weekend what could possibly go wrong this time?

Verdict

Right I am going to give this two marks one as a comedy and the other as American Pie franchise.

First up comedy, as comedies go this is pretty funny with some very funny scenarios created including the very funny drunk ride home of the hot teenage neighbour where everything seems to go wrong for Jim. But as for stories for each character they feel very lazy and almost sitcom style stories. Including Jim and Michelle marriage problems and Kevin and Vicky (Reid) with Kevin wondering what happened the night before.

Now as an America Pie film. Having taken years to get them all together again after the Wedding it almost looks like they forgot what happened in that film. Stifler doesn’t seem to even be friends with the boys anymore while Kevin and Finch have not become anything like what they thought they would be. Though this could be more to show how we don’t always end up where we thought we would be in life. Most of the small roles from the first turn up at the reunion but are brief cameos just to say what has happened to them which also adds to the lazy use of good characters. Another thing that just seems lazy is the needless inclusion of drug usage considering it was never used or mentioned during the first three.

Favourite Character As always in these films Stifler

 

Comedy: (8/10)

 

Music: (9/10)

 

Best Part: The Neighbour drunk being driven home by Jim

Worst Part: Poor usage of the supporting characters from originals

Overall: If you want to watch a comedy from fresh this is good to watch, if you are a fan of the American Pie series this may come off a little disappointing. I guess this is due to having different writers the ones from the Harold and Kumar films, which are funny films but a lower level of comedy. So overall I would watch just for the simple laughs but not to see how some of our favourite characters have be made very simple and almost concluded in a bad way unlike the Hangover wolf pack.

Rating 70%

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Train (2008)

Director: Gideon Raff

Writer: Gideon Raff (Screenplay)

Starring: Thora Birch, Gideon Emery, Kavan Reece, Derek Magyar, Gloria Votsis, Todd Jensen

 

Story: An American college wrestling team head to Europe for a competition. A group of the team (Alex (Birch), Willy (Emery), Sheldon (Reece), Todd (Magyar) and Claire (Votsis)) decide to go to a party before moving on to the next venue. This night out proves to be a bad idea as they miss the train. Coach Harris (Jensen) is furious and lectures the team.

 

With no one who can speak the native language a mysterious woman offers them a ride on her train going to the same destination as the team. On the train, which is filled with stereotypical Eastern Europeans mainly creepy peados the team settle down for the journey.

 

With the coach of cooling down the other play a little game of truth or dare, leading to Todd running off and not returning. While the other believe he is just playing they head to bed. The morning after Todd still hasn’t return and the Coach has gone missing. The others start to look for the two of them with little help or success from the train staff.

 

Alex and Willy find there way into the secret compartment and find out what has been happening to their friends. Can they survive the horror that awaits them and uncover the reasons for the people actions?

Overall: Remember when Hostel first came out with all the torture porn for fun, well this uses this to make a different spin on that idea. With most of the action taking place on a train hence the title it follows a similar trend. One thing that bugged me through out this film is how the ‘wrestling’ team don’t seem to know how to fight. The torture scenes are unnecessary as there would have been more sense doing what they do another way. One thing I did like was the reasoning behind what the villains were doing what they were, as it does have some part of a believable side to it. But if it didn’t have Thora Birch in I wouldn’t have given it a second look and even with her star power this is a pretty routine torture porn horror offering nothing new to the genre.

 

Rating 56%

 

American Pie: The Wedding (2003)

Director: Jesse Dylan

Writer: Adam Herz (Screenplay)

Starring: Jason Biggs, Seann William Scott, Alyson Hannigan, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Thomas Ian Nicholas, January Jones, Eugene Levy

Story: It’s the wedding of Him and Michelle and the gathering of their families and friends, including Jim’s old friends from high school and Michelle’s little sister.

Verdict

Story: Following some of the original characters and how they act leading up to the wedding. It is good seeing how the characters have grown up apart from stifler. The addition of Michelle’s family adds to the story but losing some of the originals is a bit of a loss. (8/10)

Cast: Jason Biggs as Jim – Now still with Michelle he decides to propose to her. Following his exploits on getting everything ready for the wedding. Still has most of the funniest moments but has more serious side to him now.  (9/10)

Seann William Scott as Stifler – Still loud, rude ad outrageous working back at the school with the sports teams. Invites himself to the wedding by helping Jim, while he also is trying to nail Michelle’s sister Cadence. Star Performance (9/10)

 

Eddie Kaye Thomas as Finch – Wiser and more cultured has experienced the world. Also trying to get Cadence but has to act like Stifler to counter act Stifler nice guy routine. (8/10)

 

Alyson Hannigan as Michelle – Now getting married to Jim she is very against Stifler coming to the wedding, continues her kooky ways we all like about her. (8/10)

 

Eugene Levy as Jim’s Dad – Complete with his excellent speeches in the wrong situations. He also offers advice to Michelle now, which is nice touch. Favourite Character (9/10)

 

January Jones as Cadence – Michelle’s young sister who sparks an interest in Stifler and Finch. A nice addition to the cast offers something new for Finch and Stifler rivalary, which goes nicely along side the wedding story. (8/10)

 

Comedy: With some outrageous funny scenes and well-created situation much like bachelor’s party, which does horribly wrong. (9/10)

 

Music:  Brilliant soundtrack (10/10)

 

Suggestion: Its hard to say but this was the worst of the three films but it is still funnier than most comedies that come out. I would definitely suggest watching after you have seen the first two. (9/10)

 

Best Part: A cake, the dogs, Jim and Stifler watch to see how funny this scene is.

 

Worst Part: Lack of a complete cast from the original when if they were so close they wouldn’t miss their friends wedding.

 

Similar Too: The Hangover

 

Overall: What was the final chapter in the American Pie series before the awful straight to DVD ‘sequels’ you can see the decline in the series but you still get the strong laugh and good characters that do get included.

Rating 77%

American Pie 2 (2001)

Director: J.B. Rogers

Writer: Adam Herz (Screenplay)

David H. Steinberg, Adam Herz (Story)

Starring: Jason Biggs, Chris Klein, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Alyson Hannigan, Shannon Elizabeth, Tara Reid, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Seann William Scott, Eugene Levy, Mena Suvari

 

Story: The continuing bawdy adventures of a group of friends reuniting after their first year of college.

Verdict

Story: With the boys back together after their first year at college, they spend the summer in a Lake house partying every night. Showing the next step each character has or in some cases has not taken. The story reflects real life, which I think adds something to make this the best in the series. (9/10)

Cast: Jason Biggs as Jim –The loveable loser is back getting himself into trouble again. Starting when his parents walk in on him again, there is also an unfortunate event with some glue. Hasn’t really grown up as much as he would have liked to and is still waiting for a chance with Nadia (Elizabeth). (9/10)

Thomas Ian Nicholas as Kevin – Again comes up with the plan that involves everyone going to the lake for the summer. Only problem is he is still waiting for Vicki (Reid) and hasn’t taken the next step, which he thought he would have done. Sort of the more serious character of the group makes him less interesting on the comedy side of the story. (8/10)

 

Seann William Scott as Stifler – Loud, Rude, Outrageous but we love him, Hasn’t grown up at all Still putting everyone down with one liners and has a new grudge with Finch after the Prom the year before. Stifler has become one of the funniest characters ever created. Star Performance (9/10)

 

Eddie Kaye Thomas as Finch – More cultured more grown up and wiser still waiting for his goddess Stifler’s Mum. Doing Tantra all the way through adds some very comical moments for him. (8/10)

 

Chris Klein as Oz – With his girlfriend Heather (Suvari) going away to Europe for the summer Oz joins the guys. The most grown up of the guys now. (8/10)

 

Eugene Levy as Jim’s Dad –Only because of his speeches are the funniest thing in the whole film because they are always in the most awkward moments. Favourite Character (9/10)

 

Comedy: Another great instalment of comedy though I think the story is better than the original I feel the overall comedy isn’t as funny but still very funny as the scenarios created are way funnier. (9/10)

 

Music: Even better soundtrack than the original (10/10)

 

Suggestion: Out of all the American Pie films this is the one I would suggest to anyone to watch as I feel it is the best. (10/10)

 

Best Part: The lesbian radio scene

 

Favourite Quote: Jim’s Dad ‘I think I bring a new meaning to the word cool’

 

Similar Too: Old School, Road Trip

 

Overall: With the better story moments and some very funny moments, this is another must watch comedy that will leave you in stitches once it’s all over. With the best moments of life after college before you start going into the big world.

Rating 87%

American Pie (1999)

Director: Paul Weitz

Writer:  Adam Herz (Screenplay)

Starring: Jason Biggs, Chris Klein, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Alyson Hannigan, Shannon Elizabeth, Tara Reid, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Seann William Scott, Eugene Levy, Mena Suvari

Story: Four teenage boys enter a pact to lose the virginity before going off to college.

Verdict

Story: A quest for four boys to lose their virginity before they go onto college. A comedy about growing up through the awkward high school years. It also shows how important friends can be. A wonderful high school comedy that all will love. (9/10)

Cast: Jason Biggs as Jim – The guy who has no luck what so ever, be it caught watching adult channels by his parents or a web cam incident or some alone time with an apple pie. A very likeable character that you feel through his misfortunes. Star Performance (9/10)

Thomas Ian Nicholas as Kevin – He creates the pact to help himself and his friends. Basically he is the disappointed boyfriend of Vicki (Reid) after his bad timing on words. Slightly selfish character as the pact seems to be more about him. (8/10)

 

Seann William Scott as Stifler – The loud mouth friend who usually host the parties. Always finds ways to put people down. A very likeable unlikeable character. (9/10)

 

Eddie Kaye Thomas as Finch – The man of mystery always tries something outside the box to get the attention of the girls. A more cultured character that is the end is just the same as the rest. (8/10)

 

Chris Klein as Oz – The jock star player on the lacrosse team. Who takes a very different approach to finding a girl; he joins the choir and shows of his feelings. Great character changing role (9/10)

 

Eugene Levy as Jim’s Dad – You never learn his first name, but as he is Jim’s Dad you only ever know him as this. Giving his son the awkward conversations, Brilliant Awkward father role. Favourite Character (9/10)

 

Comedy: A comedy that is outrageous and is a laugh all the way through (10/10)

Music: Great sound track plus a cameo from Blink 182 (10/10)

Best Part: Jim’s Dads speeches are the highlight of the film

Similar Too: Road Trip, Superbad

Overall: One of the best comedies of the generation and also has some very good moments that are very real moments you will have or going to experience in life. It’s one which everyone will enjoy and now looking back on that time in life it was very funny to see how they acted and comparing it to how I acted.

Rating 84%