Here’s a mismatched pair for you: the upcoming adaptation of the Hasbro board game Battleship, as helmed (pun intended) by Peter Berg (Hancock) – and the fourth theatrically-released installment in the American Pie franchise, American Reunion, as written and directed by the guys responsible for the Harold & Kumar franchise (Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg).
There are new featurettes out for both these films, which will be hitting theaters over the next couple of months. So, if you’d like to learn more about what why exactly there are extraterrestrials in the Battleship movie – or how the original American Pie crew has (or hasn’t) changed over the years, be sure to give each clip a look-over.
Battleship stars Taylor Kitsch (John Carter) as Alex Hopper, an upstart Naval officer who has to lead the charge when an armada of non-Earthly origins descends upon our planet and reigns destruction down on human civilization. Rounding out the cast are such folk as Liam Neeson as stern Naval Admiral Shane, Alexander Skarsgård (True Blood) as Alex’s older brother and fellow sailor, Brooklyn Decker as Alex’ fiancée (and Shane’s daughter), and Rihanna as a petty officer who works alongside Alex and Co. in order to defeat their alien opponents.
Watch the latest Battleship featurette and find out what said aliens are even doing on Earth (as well as what exactly a “Goldilocks Planet” is):
Jim (Jason Biggs), Michelle (Alyson Hannigan), Stifler (Seann William Scott), and the rest of the classic American Pie squad are returning for American Reunion. The film picks up in real-time some 13 years after the events of the first film, and sees the former sex-crazed high schoolers all grown-up and making their way in the world. Naturally, when they meet up again for their “Class of ’99” reunion, their old raunchy habits come back with a vengeance.
Check out the “more mature” American Pie crew together once more in the American Reunion featurette below:
All things considered, both American Reunion and Battleship aim to please by delivering exactly what they promise: a mix of heartfelt sentiment and crude antics, and tons of explosive action and cheesy thrills, respectively. Chances are that neither flick will ultimately prove to be that memorable or much more than serviceable genre entertainment, but as far as belated comedy sequels and summer popcorn movies go – you could do a whole lot worse.
American Reunion arrives in U.S. theaters next month on April 6th.
Battleship weighs anchor in U.S. theaters over a month later on May 18th.