Raunchy teen comedies enjoyed a “golden age” in the 1980s, but the genre largely disappeared until 1999's “American Pie” revived R-rated snickering for a new generation. After three popular theatrical releases, the original cast of Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Seann William Scott, Chris Klein and Eddie Kaye Thomas graduated out of the series and producers diluted the franchise with four completely disreputable direct-to-video cheap shots. The only connections to the original films came in the form of Steve Stifler's relatives and cameo appearances by Eugene Levy.
“American Reunion” pretends that those low-budget DVDs never happened, bringing the old gang back for a series of thirty-something midlife crises and reinforcing the idea that adolescence is a state of mind. Now, Jim and Michelle (Biggs and Hannigan) are exhausted parents, Oz (Klein) is a sportscaster with a hot girlfriend (Katrina Bowden of “30 Rock”) and a lingering lust for Heather (Mena Suvari), and Stifler (Scott) is a dead-ender in a temp job and has not matured one bit. Set free of adult responsibilities by their high school reunion, the gang gets reacquainted with their old teenage excesses. The characters are older, but embarrassing sexual situations and poop-related pranks are timeless in the “American Pie” universe.
Directors Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, who wrote all three “Harold and Kumar” comedies, inherit the enterprise from creators Paul and Chris Weitz, and while there is nothing remotely classic or even respectable about “American Reunion,” Hurwitz and Schlossberg seem to understand how to make this modestly immodest series work. It's never deep, but like the original “American Pie,” “American Reunion” is a happy gas with plenty of gross-outs and no mean streak. The Blu-ray/DVD combo pack includes alternate takes, plenty of superfluous junk and an “unrated” version, because that is the natural order of things.
— George Lang