"Save the best piece for last", which is what American Reunion brings 13 years later. This comedy film written and directed by Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg. It is the fourth installment in the American Pie theatrical series and eighth and final installment in the American Pie franchise overall. Over a decade has passed, Michelle, Jim, Heather, Oz, Kevin, Vicky, Finch and Stifler return to East Great Falls, Michigan, for the weekend. They will discover how their lives have developed as they gather for their high school reunion.
In October 2008, Universal Pictures announced it was planning to produce a third theatrically released sequel to the first film. In April 2010, the film entered pre-production, with Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg signing on to write and direct with plans to reunite the whole cast of the primary series. In March 2011, it was announced that Jason Biggs, Seann William Scott and Eugene Levy had signed on to reprise their roles. Biggs and Scott convinced the other previous cast members to return. In April 2011, Alyson Hannigan, Chris Klein, and Mena Suvari signed on. The following month, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Tara Reid, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Shannon Elizabeth and Jennifer Coolidge signed on. In June and July 2011, John Cho and Natasha Lyonne were the last returning cast to sign on. On a budget of $50 million, principal photography took place from early June to August 2011 in metro Atlanta, Georgia. In late June, filming took place at Conyers, Monroe and Woodruff Park. Production filmed at Newton High School in Covington from July 11 to July 15. Scenes were filmed at the school's gym for a reunion prom set, football field, commons area and hallways. During the last week of July, production moved to Cumming to film at Mary Alice Park on Lake Lanier and included about 100 extras.
The film stars Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Chris Klein, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Seann William Scott, Tara Reid, Natasha Lyonne, Mena Suvari, Eugene Levy, Jennifer Coolidge, Dania Ramirez, Ali Cobrin, John Cho, Katrina Bowden, Jay Harrington, Chuck Hittinger, Shannon Elizabeth, Chris Owen, Justin Isfeld and Rebecca De Mornay. The cast all gave the same hilarious performances that we have come to know and love throughout the four films and it was as though they never lost the touch after all these years. To the point where I felt that Scott was more than ready for the spotlight, turning out one of the best comedic performances of recent movies.
Raunchier and even more gross than the first three American Pies, American Reunion ought to please fans of the series. It is a strong finish for the franchise. A times, it struggles so hard to be tasteful that it's almost quaint. It's not as good as the previous films, but there's a subversive sweetness that runs just beneath the surface of this film and the other American Pie movies that makes them nearly impossible to resist.
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