For those who were in high school in the late ’90s / early ’00s (as I was), American Pie was, essentially, the coming-0f-age comedy flick of our generation. In that sense, the proposition of American Reunion comes as a mixed bag that is one part sweet nostalgia, and one part fear that this new chapter – which reunites the cast of the original film – will be something more akin to the lackluster third film, American Wedding, or the string of reprehensible straight-to-DVD spinoffs that have carried the franchise name in the new millennium.
Today’s red-band trailer for American Reunion has a lot to prove, then; namely, that this movie can still provide the great mix of raunch and sentiment that the original did.
In case you haven’t pieced it together yet, American Reunion keeps with real-world time and sees Jim (Jason Biggs), his wife Michelle (Alyson Hannigan), and friends Kevin (Thomas Ian Nicholas), Oz (Chris Klein), Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas) and Stifler (Seann William Scott) all returning home to East Great Falls for their 13-year high school reunion. As the boys get back together they find that their high school worries about getting laid and partying have been replaced with adult worries about marriage, parenthood and careers – which doesn’t stop them from once again getting into the kind of gross-out hijinks they experienced in high school.
Check out the red-band trailer for American Reunion below:
Directors Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg (Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay) certainly seem to have their fingers (or a couple of “well-placed thumbs”) on the pulse of what made the first American Pie work. This literally looks and feels like the original American Pie, thirteen years later and tackling more adult themes (albeit, often in juvenile fashion).
Aside from providing that same old warm Pie feeling, it’s pleasant for fans of the original to see so many of the characters brought back for this film. In this trailer alone we see Kevin’s old girlfriend Vicky (Tara Reid), Oz’s ex-flame Heather (Mena Suvari), Stifler’s mom (Jennifer Collidge) and Jim’s Dad (Eugene Levy) – even peripheral characters like surly Jessica (Natasha Lyonne), the super-creepy “Shermanator” (Chris Owen) and John Cho back as “MIFL Guy #2”. They’ve really gone all-out here.
American Reunion looks like a good time for fans of the original. Whether a new crowd will be drawn into this nostalgic affair remains to be seen. The film hits theaters on April 6, 2012.