Back when 'American Reunion' was first announced, we were excited not only to see some of our favorite 'American Pie' characters reunited after years of sub-standard DVD movies, but also to see the re-appearance of former lime-lit actors like Natasha Lyonne. Despite a few off years, it seems the 'Slums of Beverly Hills' actress has found a new home on FOX, but what could a new sitcom from Natasha Lyonne have to say?
A lot of movies want to have their cake and eat it too. 'Dinner with Schmucks' parades a bunch of freaks around for laughs before it tells us we shouldn't make fun of these eccentric individuals. 'Avatar' condemns certain technological advancements at the same time it is, itself, a product of groundbreaking technology (though as the new documentary 'Surviving Progress' shows us, man's scientific development is a tricky enough subject that James Cameron's seemed hypocrisy may be warranted). And just about any modern studio effort involving sexuality, especially if there's some moral ground at play, tends to feature some insensitive apology for its own sexist offenses while ultimately still catering primarily to the male viewer's fantasies.
Specifically, let's take a look at this past weekend's 'American Reunion'.
For the third week in a row, the odds remained firmly in the favor of 'The Hunger Games,' which stayed number one at the box office and made crossing the coveted $300 million mark look as easy as snapping a child's neck in a man-made arena for an audience of millions. If watching the box office is to movie fans what performance stats are to sports fans, we can safely call 'The Hunger Games' a star athlete. With little blockbuster competition standing in its way until 'The Avengers' hits on May 4, $400 million is looking more and more likely.
‘American Reunion’ has the same thing going for it that ‘American Pie’ did: it understands the hilariously perverted inner-workings of the male mind. I graduated high school one year ahead of the characters in the original ‘American Pie,’ and I can say with some authority that it was an accurate reflection of what it felt like to be a horny, dopey, desperate teenager in the late 1990s: feeling like you’d never have a girlfriend, never get laid, never do anything but masturbate to scrambled cable porn (not that I, uh, did any of those things in high school, cause I was, like, really cool and stuff).
Now ‘American Reunion’ brings back almost all of the characters from the original film for an accurate reflection of what it feels like to be a horny, dopey, slightly less desperate man entering his 30s: feeling basically like you did when you were 18 until you come into contact with actual teenagers and you’re hit by an overwhelming feeling of holy crap, I’m getting old.
Crank up the Third Eye Blind and pull that apple crisp out of the oven. The entire ‘American Pie’ gang is getting back together for a blast of 1990s nostalgia in 'American Reunion', where everything old is gros
If you've been waiting for what seems like a painful eternity for Chris Klein to address that leaked 'Mamma Mia' audition video, begging for reprieve from an unjust deity, you can finally let out a sigh of relief. Because Chris Klein has finally addressed that leaked 'Mamma Mia' audition video. And this is what he had to say:
Generally a decade-late sequel is nothing short of a cash grab, but there does seem to be a reason to revisit the gang from the 'American Pie' films ten years on. Since the original series is about watching them grow up, why not check in (Michael Apted-Style) years later to see how they're doing? "American Reunion' is due out April 6, and for now there's one last red band trailer.