Executive Producers Jason Biggs and Sean William Scott (who also star in the film) have the whole cast back for the gangs almost ten year high school reunion. Jim, Michelle, Oz, Stifler and yes, Stifler's mom all gather for what seems like an attempt to have their careers emerge from the tomb of obscurity rather than to make an entertaining film.
From the very first sequence through the first half of the film, we are bombarded with references to the character's traits and personalities in a attempt to remind us why we're suppose to care or like them and the rest of the film establishing story lines for yet more American Pies and keeping the franchise afloat. Scene to following scene, the smell of desperation in the actors voices are prevalent stating time and time again how their behavior was justified in high school, but that was a long time ago. They're grown up now and can't act that way anymore.
There within lies the problem for they do act like they're in high school, doing high school pranks and running around like the sex starved kids they were so many years ago. Again and again reminding us they're grown ups and not children the actors contradict themselves and proceed to do just that, act like children in a script that crashes and sinks into an abyss of mediocrity that only die hard fans would enjoy. If you watch American Pie every time it's shown on late night cable you might like the broad unfunny sex laden script but if not stay clear from this sinking ship and rush towards the other side of the movie theatre to see James Cameron's award winning classic Titanic.
Originally released in 1997 staring Leonardo DiCaprio and Academy award-winning Kate Winslet as star crossed lovers Jack and Rose whose love is doomed like the ship they sail upon. Now Cameron brings the two back from the grave in what can only be described as glorious 3-D.
Six years after Titanic was originally released, breaking all box office records James Cameron took us to Titanic again with his documentary Ghosts of the Abyss, a 3-D wonder of a film in its own right. With only six years in between the 2-D Titanic and the ground breaking 3-D Abyss Cameron must have known that one day the technology would exist to flip Titanic into 3-D and it shows because watching Titanic now is a harrowing experience beyond the imagination.
I'm not a fan of converted 2-D to 3-D films but Cameron and his crew of special effects artist show us it can be done and done spectacularly if thought and love go into it.
Now in 3-D we're able to experience the sheer height Rose would fall from the doomed ship before Jack saves her from jumping off this epic chick flick/guy action movie takes us on a voyage like never before seen anywhere.
Not once does the film feel converted nor does it ever feel flat. This already brilliant film is a breath-taking trip everyone should be making. With the Easter holiday behind us, these two movies remind me of my own family. The relatives we embrace with open arms, wondering where they've been and others are the drunken uncles that embarrass us with course vulgar jokes, making us turn our backs on them, hoping they'll leave and never return.
Such it is with these two films. American Reunion and it's cast are that relatives uninvited, while Titanic's desperation leaps from the screen and into our hearts once again as they try to survive the inevitable. A miraculous adventure of a doomed ship but the only thing that's truly sinking are the careers of the actors and the characters they in American Reunion. Get on the boat and ride Titanic but as for American Reunion, give it a wide birth. Stay away from that ship because it's a sinking one and may just suck you down with it.
Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)
Rated PG-13 for disaster related peril and violence, nudity, sensuality and brief language.
Rated R for crude and sexual content throughout, nudity, language, brief drug use and teen drinking.