I stopped watching the American Pie series of movies after the second, mostly because I had heard that they were pretty terrible. A couple of weeks back there was nothing better on at the cinema, so some friends and I decided to roll the dice and catch American Reunion. I have admit, I was pleasantly surprised how fun this movie was.

American Reunion sees the cast of the original movie return home for their high school reunion, and it’s interesting to see how somethings have (or in most cases) haven’t really changed. Most of the main characters are married or paired off, and all of them have baggage to deal with.

And that’s as about as much depth as you’re going to get from the story. It does try to add depth and drama by giving each set of characters their own issues (Jim and Michelle’s flagging sex life, Finch’s desire to be a adventurous globetrotter, Stifler trying to relive his glorious high school days), which is a nice attempt at a story, but at best, it’s execution is pretty superficial.

But let’s be honest, sometimes we just want to sit down with a movie, switch off, and have fun. And that’s where American Reunion succeeds. Like the original, it embraces the fact that it’s a dirty comedy and runs with it. There’s plenty of filthy jokes to keep people amused from start to finish. It also looks for excuses for the better looking members of the cast (both male and female) to get topless (and in one scene, even one of the less attractive actors gives us an eyeful).

So if you’re looking for something mindless to keep yourself entertained for a couple of hours, you can’t really go wrong with American Reunion.

Movie Rating: If you like mindless dirty jokes, you’ll enjoy American Reunion.

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