English Title: American Reunion.
Production: USA, 2012.
Release Date: 06.04.2012 (USA).
Russian Distributor: UPI (05.04.2012).
Genre: Comedy (R).
Directors: Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg.
Starring: Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Seann William Scott, Tara Reid.
Running Time: 120 minutes.
The Adult Prankers
The supporting role in those films has always been performed by one familiar character of the main stories. The Jim’s Dad played by Eugene Levy has appeared in all the spin-off films. By the way, in the script he is named Noah Levenstein. Only Jim’s Mom presented by Molly Cheek in the original release was left out from the new American Reunion movie. The idea of this authentic continuation has been researched inside Universal Pictures since 2008, althout the real shooting started a couple of years later, when it became clear that the creators’ main idea to bring back together all the original cast is very real.
Yes, of course, it required many hours of undergoing negotiations, but it worked. The American duo was chosen to present the Directors of this Comedy. Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg tend to work together on their projects. This time they were also writing the new screenplay based on the original American Pie characters created by Adam Herz, who wrote all the scripts for the films of the main franchise.
Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg are known for their rough draft made for Scary Movie 3 (2003), which didn’t make it to the Production cycle. However, they managed to launch their own distinctive Comedy trilogy entitled Harold & Kumar (2004-2011), which gathered 1,5-2 times more than its budget in the Box Office. larger. Moreover, they are bringing some of the cast from there to the American Reunion movie, where these actors represent various generations. The stars of the original American Pie were really surprised that the fans of it are now directing the upcoming sequel. Their talents were developing inspired by that film, which they have watched over and over again for years. The budget of the fourth episode went down to 50 mln. USD, what is enough for the Adult Comedy. By the way, this genre has been having its Renaissance years in the cinemas worldwide.
For example, take The Hangover (2009) comedy earning its creators more than 467 mln. USD and the The Hangover Part II (2011) with the sequel bringing back 581 mln. USD. Such expectations allowed to double the production budget. The third movie of the line-up is already in the works, but this Spring 2012 season there is also a younger version of a Party Comedy named Project X (2012). In general, the audience still loves watching adult movies, where the producers don’t cut out all the juicy moments for the sake of a PG-13 rating, while trying to benefit more from it. American Pie 4 can show a good start at the Box Office with the clear intention to compete for the tangible achievements of modern Hangovers.
For this to happen the filmmakers of American Reunion made a lot of interesting decisions. Firstly, Jason Biggs and Sean William Scott, who played the role of Steve Stifler in the series, were also turned into Executive Producers, what, consequently, promises them a nice share from the theatrical revenues. Secondly, the authors could bring back the whole original cast. For those actors years ago the American Pie became the one lucky ticket to start a career in Hollywood. Although most of former young stars are now dropped out from the major new releases, while only a few of them still manage to stay afloat.
Finch, Stifler and Jim are back together
Read on further about the plot and the main cast of American Reunion.