Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Raunchy 'Reunion'

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Raunchy 'Reunion'

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'AMERICAN REUNION'

Critic's Call: * *

No surprise here, but "American Reunion" aims low at times as it reunites the characters from "American Pie" 13 years after graduation. The fourth time out, it's not going to turn into a model of sophistication, and fans of the franchise probably wouldn't have it any other way.

Jim (Jason Biggs) and Michelle (Alyson Hannigan) are the friends with kids -- technically just one, a 2-year-old son. The sexual fire in their marriage is going out, and Jim tells his wife, "We need to have more fun together."

They aim to make that happen when they return to East Great Falls and the home where Jim's father (Eugene Levy), now a widower, still lives. Jim reunites with Oz (Chris Klein), a successful sportscaster and celebrity dance contestant; Kevin (Thomas Ian Nicholas), a man who watches more than his share of reality TV with his wife; Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas), a self-described world traveler; and Stifler (Seann William Scott), a temp working for a demeaning boss.

Jim finds himself smack in the middle of the sort of fantasy that might be featured on the X-rated websites he visits: The girl next door, a child he once baby-sat, is turning 18, and darned if she isn't infatuated with him.

"American Reunion," written and directed by Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, who created the "Harold & Kumar" comedies, mines the awkward sweetness that always has existed between Jim and his dad.

The actual reunion is a huge letdown, although the sequel has a few funny, fleeting moments, some involving Oz's televised dancing. It also delivers tasteless reminders that no matter how many times the boys talk about how old they feel, they still can act like it's 1999.

-- Post-Gazette

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