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American Reunion (2012)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 5.2/10
Reviews Counted: 170
Fresh: 73
Rotten: 97

Critics Consensus: It'll provide sweetly nostalgic comfort food for fans of the franchise, but American Reunion fails to do anything truly new or interesting -- or even very funny -- with the characters.

Average Rating: 5.1/10
Reviews Counted: 36
Fresh: 11
Rotten: 25

Critics Consensus: It'll provide sweetly nostalgic comfort food for fans of the franchise, but American Reunion fails to do anything truly new or interesting -- or even very funny -- with the characters.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 338,193

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Movie Info

In the comedy American Reunion, all the American Pie characters we met a little more than a decade ago return to East Great Falls for their high-school reunion. In one long-overdue weekend, they will discover what has changed, who hasn't and that time and distance can't break the bonds of friendship. It was summer 1999 when four small-town Michigan boys began a quest to lose their virginity. In the years that have passed, Jim and Michelle married while Kevin and Vicky said goodbye. Oz and … More

Rating:
R (for crude and sexual content throughout, nudity, language, brief drug use and teen drinking)
Genre:
Comedy , Romance
Directed By:
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Written By:
Adam Herz , Jon Hurwitz , Hayden Schlossberg
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Jul 10, 2012
Box Office:
$56.7M
Runtime:
Universal Studios - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for American Reunion

All Critics (170) | Top Critics (36) | Fresh (73) | Rotten (97) | DVD (3)

Outside of porn, there has never been a movie with so many shots of grown men eyeing teenage girls' backsides. The result is fitfully amusing but more often just creepy.

Full Review… | May 1, 2012
Time Out
Top Critic

American Reunion tries to use nudity, sex, and fecal matter to generate laughter, but the jokes are tired and predictable.

Full Review… | April 7, 2012
ReelViews
Top Critic

Yes, American Reunion is a juvenile outing. They steal jet skis and defecate in beer coolers. They cheat on their girlfriends and lie to their best friends. But what did you expect?

Full Review… | April 6, 2012
Denver Post
Top Critic

Rare is the movie that brings "American Pie" to mind and suffers by comparison, but here we have one.

Full Review… | April 6, 2012
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

None of it makes much of an impression, although there are a few nice and surprisingly heartfelt moments around the edges.

Full Review… | April 6, 2012
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

A strained, relentless quest for gross-out humor and outlandish sexual escapades.

Full Review… | April 6, 2012
USA Today
Top Critic

With dated jokes and a slew of unfunny scenes, this comedy fails to live up to its predecessors.

Full Review… | June 30, 2013
John Hanlon Reviews

American Reunion is of the funniest movies of the year. The filmmakers and cast captured what made the original so great while making you forget the spinoffs. Fans of the original won't be disappointed.

Full Review… | January 16, 2013
We Got This Covered

By the end, viewers will likely be ready for another slice of some American Pie before another decade has passed.

Full Review… | October 2, 2012
ScreenRant

The cast are more likely to attend rehab than the Oscars ... but despite my scathing preconceptions, American Reunion is actually pretty funny.

Full Review… | September 27, 2012
The Aristocrat

American Reunion is the worst slice of pie yet. All of the jokes are ten years too old and none of the serious dramatic turns amounts to anything.

Full Review… | September 22, 2012
We Got This Covered

Points for consistency, I guess, on the part of Harold & Kumar creators Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg.

Full Review… | September 14, 2012
Film Freak Central

Tries so hard to be this generation's The Big Chill that the very reason why it exists - sexy, gross out, adolescent fun - feels thoroughly out of place.

Full Review… | August 22, 2012
CraveOnline

American Reunion is one last slice of pie worth having. It's a tasty treat to the many fans who made this franchise what it is.

Full Review… | July 10, 2012
IGN DVD

A nice slice to finish the pie.

Full Review… | June 27, 2012
Empire Magazine Australasia

As a postscript to the arc of the first three films, it's a fittiingly funny and surprisingly sweet coda.

Full Review… | May 6, 2012
TheMovieReport.com

A consistently enjoyable and often laugh-out-loud crowd-pleaser.

Full Review… | May 4, 2012
The List

It's simply an excuse to repeatedly rehash the kind of explicit gag which simply wasn't needed in the original 1999 movie.

Full Review… | May 4, 2012
Birmingham Mail

SIt's reassuring to see that Suvari (wooden) and Reid (flat) can still find work that doesn't involve wearing a hairnet and a name tag.

Full Review… | May 4, 2012
Irish Times

The jokes are old and the guys are older, but it's big-hearted entertainment that does need some previous character investment to catch all the nods.

Full Review… | May 4, 2012

Some things they do better over there. Some things they shouldn't do over here at all.

Full Review… | May 4, 2012
This is London

After this reunion the only kindly option is retirement.

Full Review… | May 4, 2012
Daily Express

The guys are back and attending a high-school reunion, but not much has changed. That is not a good thing.

Full Review… | May 3, 2012
Daily Mail [UK]

There are a few gags. But inevitably, the guys wind up sentimentally telling each other they should do this every year. Please no.

Full Review… | May 3, 2012
Guardian

The old bittersweet tone is gone, replaced by the sickly sweet and the downright tasteless.

Full Review… | May 3, 2012
Financial Times

Like the Hangover movies, only with nice guys.

Full Review… | May 3, 2012
East Bay Express

Audience Reviews for American Reunion

½

Decent but fun movie, really bring nostalgic and the producer decision to collecting all the old stars and bring em back together is just amazing.. At least the story wasn't that bad since it's everyday life.. But overall, after 12 years from it's first movie, American Pie bring a sequel that turns out to be entertaining even when they're already adult..

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Sanjaya 丘耀文

Super Reviewer

½

It was okay. I didn't really like the younger teen cast and some of the older ones seemed surplus (I realize it wouldn't have been much of a reunion without them).
It just seemed like the only funny bits were with Jim and Michelle. This would have been much better if it was just about them, maybe with more on Jim's dad meeting and dating Stiflers mum. Now that would have been a good movie!
It wasn't bad, but it dragged and fell flat.

Update - watched again 10/1/14. Have upgraded original review to 3 1/2 stars. I enjoyed more the second time. Maybe because my expectations were high on first viewing and very low this time! I also watched theatrical version instead of extended. Maybe that helped.

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Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

½

Hail to the Stifmeister! If someone had told me this would be just as funny as the original, I would have given him the look of doubt and thought "no way!". But it's astonishingly true; American Reunion is virtually as hilarious as its predecessor from -99. It's almost hard to believe it's been that long since we first aquainted ourselves with Jim and his colorful friends.

So what have the boys been up to in those last 13 years? Well, quite a lot actually, and we're not just talking recessing hairlines here. Jim is now a dad, Oz a bit of a C-celebrity and reporter for a newscast, and Stifler, well, he's still very much the same, except now he occationally wears a suit and tie to his office job.

What immediately becomes clear is 1.) some have aged more well than others, and 2.) the acting talent is still everything between mediocre and outstanding. Jason Biggs and Sean William Scott remain my favourites of the lot though. Not to mention Eugene Levy, who plays Jim's well-meaning, but embarassingly open dad. He keeps getting funnier with each film and delivers his best performance to date.

Evidently they're not teens anymore, but as wild and crazy as they get here, it feels like no time has passed at all. So much could have gone wrong with this film, yet they nail every joke and keep the laughs coming throughout. And it wouldn't be an American Pie flick without the traditionally awkward situations, worth a couple of good cringes.

But isn't just outrageously fun, it has heart too! All the character arcs are wrapped up with great and fitting closures, leaving you with a nice, warm feeling inside and a smile most satisfied. Even John Cho and Neil Patrick Harris make a short appearance in the film; the former of whom will always be legendary for coining the term "MILF".

Nudity, alcohol, off-the-hook partying - it's all in there as it should be! But what separates this from the usual comedy fluff (or some of the other sequels in the franchise for that matter) is that it makes us feel like one in the gang, as opposed to just resorting to gratuitous sex scenes and excessive use of the F-word. Sure, it's really raunchy, but it has brains to go along with it!

So if you love this bunch as much as I do, you'll be happy to know it's the best film since numero uno. Greatest of all, Stifler has still got it, delivering the biggest laughs of the movie and sealing his status as the most lovable deuche-bag of all-time! That and other merits makes me eager to come back for another slice of pie! Although preferably a piece that hasn't been anywhere near Jim.

Update (2013-08-06): Not as great the second time around (hence a reduction from 4 to 3 1/2 stars). A re-watch made its imperfections all the more conspicuous. Still the best in the series since the original though.

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Mike S

Super Reviewer

Nostalgic and repetitive. American Reunion does its best to cling and clutch onto the youth and freedom that the original desperately craved but it falls flat. The humor is still there and still raunchy but it doesn't provide anything fresh for new audiences and die-hard fans alike. Regardless, it's a film that can provide some laughs. 4/5

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Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

American Reunion Quotes


MILF Guy #1:
MILF!
– Submitted by Alejandro V (2 years ago)
Kevin:
You don't mess with the class of 1999 bitch!
– Submitted by Robby W (2 years ago)
Dr. Ron:
You touch me and ill sue you for every penny you've got.
Steve Stifler:
[hits Ron] I don't own a goddamn penny.
– Submitted by Santiago S (2 years ago)
Steve Stifler:
Your Dad is so much cooler than you!
– Submitted by Evan T (2 years ago)
Steve Stifler:
Stifler Clause is here!
– Submitted by Toby C (2 years ago)
Kevin:
Were we just as obnoxious as these kids back in the day?
– Submitted by Lucas M (2 years ago)

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