Established in 1999, the American Pie franchise has become a rival to our previous heavyweight champion, National Lampoon. When National Lampoon delved into weaker direct-to-cable movies, American Pie followed, both damaging their brands with Dorm Daze and The Naked Mile respectively. In many ways, they’re the Ewok movies of milking the Star Wars franchise after Return of the Jedi. Plus: American? National? Baseball, you guys!
And that’s when it dawns on me that, until American Reunion, there hadn’t been a theatrical release of an American Pie movie since 2003’s American Wedding. It had been so long that Jim and Michelle’s wedding is all but forgotten, the second movie barely an afterthought. It’s fitting, then, that American Reunion is afflicted with the same fuzzy memory and only focuses on the first movie, which was obsessively watched over and over again my senior year of high school. (I’m also Class of ’99.)
American Reunion feels like a lot like my own high school reunion. There are some friends I’ve kept up with over the years (Alyson Hannigan, John Cho), others I’ve wondered what happened to (Seann William Scott, Eddie Kaye Thomas), and finally the ones I kind of hope don’t show up (Chris Klein, Thomas Ian Nicholas). Continue reading Movies I’ve Sneen: ‘American Reunion’