This week our Film Clubbers relived their younger days with a trip to see American Pie quadquel American Reunion. But was it worth the wait?
‘The humour worked fine for me, it’s great that they can still pull it off considering how many people have tried to copy that formula since the original film.’
‘I’ve got to say the strongest point for me was the nostalgia, it had ne drifting back to being 16 and watching the original with friends. It kept winking back at the audience saying ‘remember this?’ and I’d be happy to say ‘hell yes.’ Stifler is still my favourite, basically because he hasn’t really changed.’
‘The American Pie franchise needs to end at this.’
MAXINE ‘The usual American Pie film – not the best but not the worst. I didn’t expect much though and had a giggle!’
‘I thought it was funnier than I imagined it would be – I expected all the funny bits to be in the trailer but there were a few unexpected LOL moments.’
‘I really think you shouldn’t take these films too seriously. They’re a bit of fun, and it was nice to see what the characters had been up to. I loved seeing the Sherminator again!’
‘I loved that they reunited ALL the gang, including people like Nadia. I was a bit disappointed by the lack of Alyson Hannigan though, she’s funny!’
‘I think Kevin is the only one that’s really aged out of the guys, but that’s due to his horrible beard. Tara Reid has had some work done! Mena Suvari looked great.’
‘I think it’s more of a DVD/TV movie to watch when you’re at home. 7/10.’
RAJ ‘I liked it but did not love it.’
‘It was nice to see the whole cast back, everyone got the screen-time they deserved. There were even nods to some of the bit-parters.’
MARK ‘Me and the wife had great fun watching it. I didn’t much like the 3rd film, so it was nice to revisit the characters that we fell in love with from the first 2 movies. None of them look much different, to be honest. All the actors were back to their old form, although only Alyson Hannigan has really made a big name for herself outside of the Pie universe.’
‘I chuckled in all the right places & just generally had a big grin on my face all the way through. It’s fun for my generation, who saw the originals first time round, but I think it’ll also be a hit with the youths because it’s still got that edge of juvenile humour running through it.’
‘Definitely worth a watch for a good laugh.’
MARNY ‘I haven’t watched the previous American Pies but enjoyed it very much. It was very crude and not my usual sort of humour but in this case, very funny. That alone makes it worth watching I think.’
‘I think the characters work as grownups. Although I hadn’t seen all the previous ones properly, from what I remember from the bits and bobs that I watched, it wasn’t so bad.’
‘I do think it will attract previous AP fans more than people who haven’t seen them; I was a bit lost with some of the jokes that were obviously references from previous films.’
‘Stifler was the best for me; I loved it when he threw that punch right at the end!’
CHARLOTTE ‘I didn’t think this film was anywhere near as funny as it thought it was. Jason Biggs has a nice bum though, haha!’
‘It’s been years since I watched the original and can’t remember too much about the sequels but I understood what was happening.’
‘Jim’s Dad and Stifler’s mum were excellent, but my favourites were Jim’s dad’s eyebrows. They should be given a film all of their own.’
‘It was nice to catch up with the gang but the film was nowhere near as funny as they thought it was. A disappointing 6/10 from me.’
KARL ‘An amazing film, loved it to bits. It easily lived up to the standards of the other 3 films.’
JONATHAN ‘To be honest I wasn’t too sure what to expect! Band Camp was the last one I saw and I wasn’t too thrilled with it, but I have to say for nostalgic reasons it was my most anticipated film of the year so far and it didn’t disappoint!’
‘That said…I couldn’t handle another slice!’
‘It wasn’t as funny as the first film but I thought it had some cracking scenes. Seann William Scott steals the show as always, with Jason Biggs getting himself into all sorts of situations as usual. Didn’t expect the full frontal nudity from Jason though!’
‘I hope if they do another they get back to the boys getting up to mischief, as this felt a little bit like oldies trying to get down with the kids. The guys aren’t even that old! Only Stifler was acting how he always had. Even Stifler’s mum and Jim’s Dad were getting up to crazier stuff than they were.’
‘I enjoyed it, though it could have done with a few more laughs. 7/10.’
American Reunion is basically American Pie, but with grownups. And we get that that’s the whole point, but there are really only so many poo/wank/oh-look-she’s-nude jokes we can take. It just all feels a little…old hat.
That said, the ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it’ sensibility does work in one great way, and that’s Seann William Scott. Yes his character is the grossest and he really should know better by his age, but his performance is just so fun it’s really hard to hate on him. Plus his interaction with Jim’s dad (we still love you, Eugene Levy!) is awesome.
It’s definitely a sausagefest – Tara Reid gets about two lines, Nadia is basically not even in it and Mena Suvari doesn’t do much except stand around in a bad wig looking sad. Even leading lady Alyson Hannigan is woefully absent, which made us sad because we just LOVE how she talks.
All in all, a serviceable enough American Pie movie. We just don’t think we can sit through another one!
Warning: contains full frontal nudity. Yeps, really.
But just what is this Film Club malarkey all about? It’s simples, really. Each week we send a pair of cinema tix (ODEON or Cineworld, whichever is best) to 10 of our most active Facebook/Twitter followers. We put the film we’re going to see to the vote, and the winning film is the one we all go to see. Then we all sit around on Facebook on the Sunday night (6.30) and chat about it. Magic. Sound like something you want to get involved with? Drop us a line at twitter.com/f_t_r_c or on Facebook at on.fb.me/d4dMv8
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