Thereâ€™s almost always a risk in going for the second or third sequel in a film series. Audiences have become jaded against the quick cash-in, and are quick to anticipate a depreciation in quality. But itâ€™s been nine years since we last checked in with the American Pie gang, and itâ€™s safe to say that things arenâ€™t going to be the same for most of them. In American Reunion, weâ€™re brought up to date with whatâ€™s going on in the lives of that randy bunch, now in their 30s. Writers Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, who penned the Harold & Kumar films â€” and directed the second installment â€” had the task of conjuring where the American Pie charactersâ€™ individual story trajectories ended up.Â
â€śLast time we saw Jim and Michelle, they got married,â€ť Hurwitz says. â€śNow we see they have a child and are dealing with the issues that brings about â€” whether itâ€™s a lack of closeness or, in their case, a lack of sex. Stifler peaked in high school. Back in the day, he was throwing the parties. Now heâ€™s a temp and getting yelled at by the guy he wouldâ€™ve picked on in high school. Heâ€™s no longer in touch with the friends and is a bit lonely.
â€śOz has become a big success,â€ť Hurwitz continues. â€śHeâ€™s a sportscaster and has been on Celebrity Dance-Off. He has a beautiful-but-crazy girlfriend, but heâ€™s missing the comforts of home. Kevin is happily married, but his life is neutered. â€¦ He feels like he needs excitement, and this reunion weekend brings that. Finch â€” well, we all have that one friend from high school who falls off the grid.â€ť
Itâ€™s a testament to the seriesâ€™ success that it continuously touches its audience with experiences theyâ€™ve had in some form or other themselves. â€śOne of the great things about the American Pie franchise is that it speaks to moments everyone can relate to,â€ť producer Craig Perry says. â€śWeâ€™ve come to know and love this specific group of characters because theyâ€™ve gone through situations we can all identify with, but the outcome with them is always much funnier and more outrageous. I think thatâ€™s the reason these movies have always been fan favorites and have become something of classics.â€ť
American ReunionÂ is available starting July 10 on Video On Demand. Check your cable system for availability.
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