The filmmakers were serious about getting everyone, and I mean everyone, back for this film. In some cases these only amount to cameos – Shannon Elizabeth as Nadia, Natasha Lyonne as Jessica, Chris Owen as “the Sherminator”, and Justin Isfeld as MILF Guy #1.
The rest of the original cast have storylines: Jason Biggs as Jim and Alyson Hannigan as his wife Michelle who now have a young child; Seann William Scott as Stifler, who has a job as an office temp; Eddie Kaye Thomas as Finch, who has been traveling the world; Thomas Ian Nicholas as Kevin, who is a completely emasculated husband; Tara Reid as his former girlfriend Vicky, who he may or may not still be attracted to; Chris Klein as Oz, who is now a national sports broadcaster and minor celebrity after being on Dancing with the Stars; Mena Suvari as his former girlfriend Heather, who he screwed up with years ago; and John Cho as John (aka MILF Guy #2), who is now estranged from MILF Guy #1.
An American Pie movie would not be complete without both Jim’s dad (Eugene Levy) and Stifler’s mom (Jennifer Coolidge). And in a moment 13 years in the making, the two of them finally meet. Jim’s mom (
) passed away three years prior and Jim’s dad has been hesitant to think about meeting another woman. Might Stifler’s mom the right woman for him? Molly Creek
Joining all of these folks for the first time are Dania Ramirez as Selena, a former band camp friend of Michelle who is attracted to Finch; Katrina Bowden as Oz’s wild girlfriend Mia; Jay Harrington as Heather’s heart surgeon fiancée; Rebecca De Mornay as Finch’s mom who, in another moment 13 years in the making, meets Stifler; Neil Patrick Harris in a cameo as himself; and Ali Cobrin as a girl next door that Jim used to babysit. She’s all grown up now, is turning 18, and had the biggest crush on Jim when she was younger. I think you can figure out that Jim is going to be in yet another awkward situation because of this.
I do have to single out Ali Cobrin for her brief, but memorable appearance in this film. While she is obviously there as eye candy (a job she fulfills very well), she also is genuinely, comically funny. It’s not often that a woman that beautiful, who is also topless at the time, can make me laugh out loud at her physical comedy, but a scene where Jim is trying to get her drunk character back into her house without her parents finding out has a wonderful moment on the stairs where she is waving and shushing Jim’s friends. It just made me break out laughing because it was the perfect capper for the scene.
The excuse for all these folks to get back together is their class’ 13th high school reunion. Yes, they acknowledge in the film it makes little sense, but they play it for jokes. It’s being organized by John, probably as a way to kill time to help him forget he lost his friendship with MILF Guy #1.
Jim and Michelle have grown cold in the bedroom, now satisfying their urges independent of each other, but trying to hide this. They hope a trip back to the old hometown for the reunion might rekindle some of the old flame. The other characters with larger storylines also come back to town a little early to catch up. Once again they try to exclude Stifler, but he finds out and inserts himself into the middle of things. Hijinks ensue.
Stifler is still trying to pick up anything with boobs, and this includes hitting on high school girls by telling them his favorite Twilight book is New Moon. He also gets the guys in trouble by getting revenge on some high school boys who are terrorizing the beach. In a moment for everyone who has grown up along with the characters in the film, they ask themselves if they were that juvenile at that age, and then conclude that they probably were.
Other themes of growing up and maturing factor in to Finch’s, Oz’s, Kevin’s, Vicky’s, and Heather’s storylines, too.
At one point I realized that the film was probably going to be over in another 20 minutes or so and I started wondering where a few of the characters like Nadia were. They showed up for the reunion itself. Nadia comes with a guy who looks a little bit like Jason Biggs. Jessica has come out of the closet and is there with her girlfriend. The Sherminator zeroes in on a girl that Stifler doesn’t want because she’s gained too much weight. And even MILF Guy #1 shows up and he and John reconcile over their common interest in MILFs while watching the inevitable scene between Stifler and Finch’s mom.
Overall, this is a film that still has some laughs in it, but is also a little bit more mature than the prior films, in keeping with the concept of growing up. It’s a bit of a nostalgia trip for the thirty year olds who saw the original film when they were in high school themselves.
You can probably watch this film with only having seen the first American Pie movie and still get pretty much all of the jokes and references. If you liked the first film then I recommend that you give this one a try.
Chip’s Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
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