Meet the feebles
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.
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