American Reunion

Alright, now we’ve got a film worth reviewing.

I am coming into American Reunion having loved American Pie 1 and 2, and endured American Wedding. But I don’t just have the pleasure of watching the theatrical releases, I’ve also seen Band Camp, Book of Love, Naked Mile, and Beta House. Of course, most original cast members never showed up in those films, so they’ve sat mainly as a joke in film history. Having seen everything, I can honestly say that American Reunion is the worst in the franchise.

Yup.

Turns out when the boys hit 30, they stopped being funny. All except Stifler (Seann William Scott), who is LITERALLY the only cast member worth watching in this film. Jim (Jason Biggs) has been doing way too much P90X, and his story with Michelle (Alyson Hannigan) is boring. Jim’s Dad (Eugene Levy) seems game, but poor writing hinders his character (Look! Jim’s Dad is smoking Weed!). Thomas Ian Nicholas and Eddie Kaye Thomas are now HORRIBLE actors (so much so, they make Chris Klein look good), and brief appearances by Natasha Lyonne and Shannon Elizabeth offer nothing.

The only redeemable quality is the humor that Stifler brings to the film.

D-

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The Expendables 2

It’s been a few years since my last review, so this may take a minute to get back in. I’m not sure if Expendables 2 is the film to really jumpstart my writing, but it has to happen. The format from the first film (bring every successful action star together) works again here as the original team (Sylvester Stallone, Jet Li, Jason Statham, Terry Crews, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture) adds some new faces (Nan Yu, Liam Hemsworth), sees returning faces with more screen time (Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger), meets a lone wolf (Chuck Norris), and a new villain (Jean Claude Van Damme).

The writing is pretty standard. Of course, there are the in jokes about Terminator, Die Hard, and Rambo. The fighting is pretty good, an relies heavily on fast cuts and explosions so you can’t tell if it’s the old guys or stunt doubles. Van Damme makes an excellent villain, and everyone else seems to be having fun around him. It’s a shame no one told Liam Hemsworth, cause his overacting is distracting. Are there better movies? Yeah. Will you still likely have fun? Sure. Especially if you enjoyed the first one, it’s almost exactly on par in terms of quality.

B-