Release Date: April 6, 2012
Director: Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg
Stars: Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Seann William Scott
Runtime: 113 min
Tagline: Save the best piece for last.
The whole gang is back for a high school reunion after thirteen years.
Jim and Michelle are having marital problems and hope to resolve them over the weekend. Everyone else offers their same antics, Stifler’s trying to make a name for himself in society, Kevin hopes Vicki still isn’t hung up on him after all these years, Oz has a new sexy girlfriend but he’s still after the one that got away: Heather. Also, Finch has been travelling the world and isn’t really hung up on Stifler’s Mom anymore. Jim’s Dad experiments with alcohol and drugs with Stifler’s Mom, as a way to get out of the house after he’s been widowed for a few years (what a beautiful way to get rid of a character if the actress doesn’t want to be in the project, kill her off).
It’s a little disappointing if you anticipate it for a long while, but if you don’t really have expectations, it’s a pretty good comedy. I liked most of it. Some of the antics are old, and some of the jokes are recycled from the first film and some you actually have to see that film to understand it.
I didn’t care for a lot of the young cast, but the extended period of time the one young woman was topless; I didn’t hate that at all.
Some of it’s really predictable, but it’s nice to see the whole gang back together. The MILF guys have drifted away from each other, and it’s just the lone John Cho (MILF Guy #2) currently, and there’s still the ongoing feud between Finch and Stifler, which is still pretty funny.
Some of it wasn’t funny, but other stuff really was, but it did run a little long for a comedy of only mediocre quality. It would have been nice if Adam Herz (writer of the first three films) was more involved in the project. It’s a pretty good film that revisits the original cast (it being the fourth film that goes to theaters and the eighth in the series if you count the straight to video trash [with the exception of Band Camp, which was a little funny]). It’s better than the second, in the range of the goodness of the third film, and is definitely better than the straight-to-DVD releases. It’s all really a great nostalgic feeling for most of the viewing.
The cast is all much older, time does that; it stars Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Chris Klein, Thomas Ian Nichols, Seann William Scott, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Mena Suvari, Tara Reid (a minor part though), Katrina Bowden, John Cho, Jennifer Coolidge, Eugene Levy, Ali Cobrin, and small appearances by Natasha Lyonne and Shannon Elizabeth as Nadia.
It’s a little memorable; I’d give the Unrated version a view and then maybe view the film again in a couple of years or so. It’s a pretty tasty slice of pie that can really hit the spot, but also can be quite bland after you’ve had too much of it. If you’ve seen the original series, watch it; but there are better comedies that you could watch for the year of 2012. Nothing I really regret seeing though.