Meet the fee­bles

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Movies - LEIGH PAATSCH Now show­ing Vil­lage Cine­mas

WHEN the first Amer­i­can Pie ar­rived in 1999, it was a seis­mic event in the an­nals of gross- out hu­mour.

Then came two sort- of- sad se­quels ( by 2003 there was al­ready an Amer­i­can Pie: The Wed­ding, al­ways a bad sign) and some aw­ful straight- to- video busi­ness ( with ti­tles such as Amer­i­can Pie Presents: The Naked Mile ) that no one dares men­tion.

Now we have Amer­i­can Pie: Re­union, one final, des­per­ate flog­ging of a horse that ex­pired many years ago.

The film­mak­ers have ob­vi­ously been in­structed to stick to a strict for­mula.

Ev­ery sin­gle joke that worked way- back- when is echoed once more for old times’ sake. There is no fresh ma­te­rial on dis­play.

Un­less you count the can’t- un­see- this sight of Amer­i­can Pie ’ s im­mor­tal jack­ass- mas­cot Sti­fler ( Seann Wil­liam Scott) tak­ing a long and leisurely poo in some­one’s por­ta­ble cooler ( let’s not, shall we?).

When it isn’t wob­bling from the groan- wor­thy to the grotesque with gorm­less aban­don, Amer­i­can Pie: Re­union set­tles into some­thing ap­proach­ing a watch­able rut.

All the best- known cast mem­bers – none of whom are re­ally in the movie busi­ness any more – are rounded up and given a few of same- old smutty some­things to run through.

A se­lect few, like Ja­son Biggs ( as Jim), Chris Klein ( Oz), Eddie Kaye Thomas ( Finch) and Eu­gene Levy ( Jim’s dad), can still hold it to­gether in front of a cam­era.

Oth­ers, like one- time fran­chise pin- ups Tara Reid and Shan­non El­iz­a­beth, seem barely aware they are in a movie at all.

Com­pared to far fun­nier new kids on the teen-sex com­edy block like Project X, Amer­i­can Pie: Re­union is a fee­ble ef­fort in­deed – a taste- free por­tion best served to tragic nos­tal­gists only.

RE­VIEW

AMER­I­CAN PIE: RE­UNION ( MA15+)

★■

Di­rec­tor: Jon Hur­witz, Hay­den Schloss­berg Stars: Ja­son Biggs, Chris Klein, Seann Wil­liam Scott, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Eu­gene Levy

Be­yond the stale

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