Amer­i­can Re­union

Movie re­view

Orleans Star - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT - Derek San­dall, co-op stu­dent or­ Twit­ter @Or­leansstar

Af­ter many dread­ful spin-offs, Amer­i­can Pie is back with the cast that you know and love, but is it re­ally worth the ef­fort?

The ba­sic plot re­volves around the fact that af­ter Jim and Michelle are mar­ried,rried, they lead an ex­cep­tion­ally av­er­age life. They re­ceive word that a class re­union is be­ing held back at their old high school and they leave to find all of their friends from high school to be re­liv­ing their young, wilder years. In­clud­ing, of course, one of Sti­fler’s fa­mous house par­ties.

The ma­jor is­sue with the film is that it lacks a real story. The film heav­ily re­lies on thee nostal­gia fac­tor; and be­cause off this, the story falls by the way­side.. Many of the jokes are not orig­i­nalal and are sim­ply ref­er­ences to thee jokes and sit­u­a­tions in the firstst film. Af­ter a while, the film’s’s back­log of jokes dry up, leav­ingng very lit­tle, if not noth­ing, for thehe au­di­ence to soak up.

The film isn’t all bad how­ever;er; the re­turn­ing cast has just enoughgh charm and hi­lar­ity in theireir per­for­mances to keep the filmilm afloat, but only marginally. The new char­ac­ters, in­clud­ing a bare­lyrely le­gal girl that Jim used to babysit,ysit, also do their share in keep­ing the film on its toes with­out out­shin­ingn­ing the main cast. With­out these fine per­for­mances, the film would fall flat on its face.

Con­sen­sus: The per­for­mances of the re­turn­ing cast are just as charm­ing as ever, but the film re­lies too much on nostal­gia and un­o­rig­i­nal­ity. The film will please diehard fans, but to ev­ery­one else, it’s just an­other for­get­table se­quel.

(Photo : Au­tho­rized use)

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