Posted on Friday, April 6th, 2012 by Angie Han
As someone who was roughly the same age as the American Pie gang when the first film dropped — and who then followed the group through 2001’s American Pie 2 and 2003’s American Wedding — I’m finding it tough to separate American Reunion from the haze of nostalgia surrounding it. But that’s part of the point, of course. Much like an actual reunion, American Reunion exists for no other reason than to check back in with the East Great Falls Class of ’99. While it falls flat as a standalone film, for fans of the series, the pleasure of spending time with familiar faces once more outweighs the movie’s many flaws.
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Posted on Tuesday, January 17th, 2012 by Angie Han
As someone who was almost the same age as the central characters when the first American Pie was released in 1999, I am totally, unironically excited to see the East Great Falls crew together again for American Reunion, even as I suspect I’ll find the franchise has lost some of its charm over the past decade. Still, the marketing so far has been pretty solid, and I’m thrilled to see that even as some things have changed — they’re no longer virgins, for one — others have remained exactly the same.
The new international trailer sees returning stars Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Seann William Scott, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Chris Klein, Mena Suvari, Shannon Elizabeth, Tara Reid, John Cho, Eugene Levy, and Jennifer Coolidge all coming back home for the all-important high school reunion, while franchise newcomers Dania Ramirez and Katrina Bowden make appearances as well. Watch the (NSFW) video after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, December 8th, 2011 by Angie Han
Since so much of the appeal of American Reunion lies in whatever lingering affection you have for 1999’s American Pie, it’s only natural that the marketing folks would try at every turn to remind you of how much you loved the first movie. That tactic is especially evident in the film’s just-released poster, which recreates the one from the original.
Sure, Jim (Jason Biggs) has clothes on, Michelle (Alyson Hannigan) is holding a baby bottle instead of a flute, Oz (Chris Klein) has way less hair, and the gang is apparently eating pies now instead of fucking them — but the overall picture looks very familiar. Check it out after the jump.
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The debut red-band teaser for American Reunion, which brings together all the original characters from American Pie, was all about sex — or the fact that, even as adults, some of the former kids still aren’t getting off the way they want to.
This all ages trailer is all about partying, as the Pie guys (and girls) get back together after a few years to enjoy their high school reunion. While the red-band was amusing up to a point, this trailer seems to be avoiding all jokes, perhaps so they can be fresh in the full movie. But if you want to see Stifler in prime shouting mode, and the possible hookup of a couple Pie parents, check out the trailer below. Read More »
The American Pie kids are all grown up, but that doesn’t mean that things have fundamentally changed. An adult-oriented teaser for American Reunion has arrived, and it shows how delicately the film handles the topic of finding time to jerk off when you’ve got a kid. Check it out below.
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Posted on Thursday, September 1st, 2011 by Angie Han
Tough as it is to believe, it’s been over a decade since we first met the American Pie cast in 1999. If that made you pause and think “Wow, that makes me feel old,” you’re just where Universal Pictures wants you to be. The marketing team behind American Reunion has been pushing the nostalgia angle (not surprisingly), and I, for one, have found it totally effective. Their latest effort is a montage of the core cast goofing off inside a photobooth — a simple idea that might nevertheless have you going “awww” as each familiar face flashes by. Hit the jump to see the slideshow, plus a promo image of the Class of 1999.
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Posted on Monday, August 1st, 2011 by Angie Han
We’re already aware of many of the plot points that’ll be covered in American Reunion, the forthcoming eighth(!) installment of the American Pie franchise. Basically, the new film will see the whole gang from the first film come together once more for their high school reunion. Some things will have changed; other things not so much. (I’m going to guess that the gross, raunchy humor will be part of the “not so much” category.)
Now a new synopsis has been revealed, and it reveals just one more tidbit: Apparently, one of the characters is still pining for a certain lusty lady whom he bedded in the original American Pie. (Um, spoilers for a twelve-year-old movie.) Read the studio-approved official plot details after the jump.
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First thought upon hearing the plot for the just-announced comedy Save the Date: “another goddamn wedding movie?” First thought after seeing the cast: “I can’t believe I’m going to be excited to see another goddamn wedding movie!” The script focuses on two sisters and their approaches to life and marriage: “one who’s happy with the status quo and doesn’t see any reason to marry her musician boyfriend while the other’s obsessed with planning her upcoming wedding.” (Melancholia much?)
But the cast is already impressive: Alison Brie (Community, Mad Men) and Lizzy Caplan (Mean Girls, Party Down) play the sisters and Marin Starr (Adventureland, Party Down), Geoffrey Arend (Super Troopers) and Mark Weber (Scott Pilgrim) are the supporting cast we’ve got so far. And I don’t need any more than that — ticket sold. The script is by graphic novelist Jeffrey Brown, and Mike Mohan will direct the film in July in LA. [Variety]
After the break, the odd legal drama Live at the Foxes Den gets more names, as does, inevitably, American Reunion. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, June 2nd, 2011 by Angie Han
Between the detailed plot summary and the endless casting announcements, I thought we knew pretty much everything there was to know about American Reunion by this point. Apparently, I was wrong.
We’ve known for some time that one of the subplots in the film would revolve around the relationship between Jim (Jason Biggs) and Michelle (Alyson Hannigan), who’ve been dating since the original American Pie and got married in American Wedding. The earlier synopsis revealed that Reunion would see the couple still together but facing some issues, such as a (as-yet-uncast) sexy younger neighbor with the hots for Jim and the revival of Jim’s high school sex tape with Nadia (Shannon Elizabeth).
But wait, there’s more! In a recent interview, Hannigan offered some new details about the couple’s storyline — and hinted at the possible reappearance of a certain musical instrument. Read more after the jump.
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After some dithering among several pretty young blond boy actors, Screen Gems and director Scott Stewart (Priest, Legion) have chosen Jamie Campbell Bower to play Jace Wayland in the adaptation of City of Bones, Cassandra Clare‘s first The Mortal Instruments novel. Alex Pettyfer was once in the running but bowed out. Jaime Campbell Bower almost certainly has to be a better choice, anyway, though I haven’t seen enough of his work to say that with certainty. (He had small parts in New Moon and Sweeney Todd, played Arthur in Camelot, and will be in Roland Emmerich’s upcoming Anonymous.)
The book starts off like so: When Clary Fray witnesses three tattoo-covered teenagers murder another teen, she is unable to prove the crime because the victim disappears right in front of her eyes, and no one else can see the killers. She learns that the teens are Shadowhunters (humans who hunt and kill demons), and Clary, a mundie (i.e., mundane human), should not be able to see them either. Shortly after this discovery, her mother, Jocelyn, an erstwhile Shadowhunter, is kidnapped.
Lily Collins, playing Clary, might be the determining factor with respect to the shoot schedule, as she is also set to be the lead in Tarsem’s Snow White film. That one has to shoot very soon, since it is set for a March 2012 release. So The Mortal Instruments will likely shoot later this summer or in early fall. [Deadline]
After the break, one more for American Reunion, and another Twilighter, Jackson Rathbone, is cast in a legal drama. Read More »