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American Pie VIII: American Reunion--Spoiler-free Review...

Returning to a franchise after such a long time, can be difficult to do well. Some examples of trying to resurrect/revisit a franchise are *<3 Wikipedia <3*:

Aliens *No links due to spoilers... Not counting the Predator crossovers...*

Alien (1979)

Aliens (1986)

Aliens3 (1992)

Aliens Resurrection (1997)

Prometheus (2012)

Indiana Jones

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

The Temple of Doom (1984)

The Last Crusade (1989)

The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)

Lethal Weapon

Lethal Weapon 3 (1992)

Lethal Weapon 4 (1998)

Die Hard

Die Hard (1988)

Die Hard 2: Die Harder (1990)

Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995)

Live Free or Die Hard (2007)

From the above lists, the Aliens franchise is kind of hit and miss for quality--movies 3 and 4 of the series weren't the greatest, but I know plenty of geeks that are drooling with anticipation o'er the 2012 releases of Prometheus. Indiana Jones, I think has done a good job of recapturing lightning in a bottle. The Last Crusade was brilliant, and 19! years later came The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. I, by and far, enjoyed it, but I know that a lot fans weren't so impressed. The best revisiting has been done with the Die Hard franchise. Lethal Weapon was the weakest revisiting that I could think of, off the top of my head. Although, I'm really not looking forward to the release of M.I.B. III (2012), given the über-lameness of M.I.B. II (2002).

Why is all this relevant? The last American Pie film in theatres was American Pie 3: American Wedding in 2003! The next four went straight to video*Am I still allowed to say that?*...er...DVD.

To catch-up on the series, here's the order:

  • America Pie (1999)

  • America Pie 2 (2001)

  • America Wedding (2003)

  • America Pie Presents: Band Camp (2005)

  • America Pie Presents: The Naked Mile (2006)

  • America Pie Presents: Beta House (2007)

  • America Pie Presents: The Book of Love (2009)

  • America Reunion (2012)

It could be argued that movies 4 to 7 don't count, but they do feature main characters that do appear in the other films so this is #8!

American Reunion does a really good job of recapturing what made the first two movies good *I haven't seen films 3-7.*. It has some of the trademark toilet humour, but it is also self-aware enough to acknowledge the passage of time, and puts a different spin on the humour, and make fun of itself.

Everyone from the first two films appears in this one. Eugene Levy does a good job of stealing the scenes that he's in. He's also the only character to appear in all 8 movies. The film blends humour and nostalagia in a good mix, with plenty of in-jokes for people who have seen some of the earlier films.

O'erall, I give American Reunion a 6.7 out of 10. It's far better than I expected, although when somebody yawned in the theatre during the film, it garnered a laugh from the audience. Hopefully, this will be the last one in the franchise. It tied up loose ends and felt "complete"; far better than the clumsy attempt in the end of Lethal Weapon 4.

N.B.: Don't rush out of the theatre. There's an extra scene early on in the credits.


None on the version that I saw.
Tags: movie/music/restaurant reviews, pop culture, strictly movies
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