American Reunion (2012)

Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, who directed and wrote this, also made the Harold and Kumar movies and along with Josh Heald, the series Cobra Kai. They also produced Blockers, which is pretty much an American Pie movie.

Why the class would all go to a thirteenth reunion, well, who knows, but the film finds them all at different paths in their lives. Jim (Jason Biggs) and Michele (Alyson Hannigan) are married with kids, Oz (Chris Klein) is a sportscaster with an unfaithful girlfriend, Kevin (Thomas Ian Nicholas) is a work-from-home dad, Paul (Eddie Kaye Thomas) is traveling the world and Stifler (Seann Willian Scott) is stuck working as a temp for a boss that demeans him.

Jim’s dad (Eugene Levy) is now a widower, so if you guessed that he’s going to end up with Stiffler’s mom (Jennifer Coolidge, you get this movie. And you’ll also enjoy that Stiffler ends up with Paul’s mom (Rebecca De Mornay). She even says a variation of her Risky Business come-on, “Are you ready for me, Stifler?”

It’s funny that Seann William Scott didn’t even have a sequel clause from the first film. For this onem he got an executive producer credit — same as Jason Biggs — and they each were paid $5 million plus a percentage of the profits. Alyson Hannigan and Eugene Levy were paid $3 million with the rest of the cast earning between $500,000 to $700,000 range, except Tara Reid. She got $250,000, which kind of makes me a little brought down.

I’m shocked we haven’t had another sequel or a series or some reimagining at this stage in the game. There were enough issues in this one that I worry that if they ever make one more, it’s going to be like The Bradys which is non-stop soap opera sadness.

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