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American Reunion (2012)
The Greatest Piece for Last
This film was a surprising, even miraculous end to a long journey. The American pie franchise was getting extremely stale, re-using old jokes, and creating B-movie sequel flops until the monstrosity that is the Book of Love was created. As such, there were no high expectations going into the film, nothing special was really expected, and a decent enough sequel was the peak of my hopes.
However this film goes far, far above that. Remember how the first film was actually fresh, funny and with a legitimate message? Yeah, strangely enough this film is that too. The characters here are almost as we remember them, but something's off, something's new about the whole new escapade. It's that they're adults. And with the characters, the whole teen sex comedy series grows up with them. This film is still uproariously funny, bringing back many of the characters and tropes that fans know and love but somehow it goes beyond that. American Reunion is more than just a cash-in attempt that brings all the characters together; it's the end of a saga, it marks our own aging along with the characters.
This movie was truly moving and touching. It moved beyond the nostalgia factor, it moved beyond the massive shadow of the series. I never thought I would say this about an American Pie movie, and especially the eighth sequel but this film was beautiful. It does more than simply make us laugh harder than any other film you've ever seen, does more than simply relive the glories of films past, it truly creates something original, towering above all other films in the series.
Like the Stifmeister, we as the audience learn an important life lesson. It's that we can't keep reliving our high school days, our past, the best days of our lives. We must move on, and finally become adults.
The best days of our lives our over; American Pie is over. And yet we have saved the best piece for last.