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4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet movie, January 20, 2013
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There were several terrible things about American Reunion (Unrated) including the fact that it brought out several bad actors who once got by on their looks out of semi-retirement to parade their wooden acting behind weirdly shaped faces. The narrative had to explain why most of the actors weren't in the third movie (and by implication pointed out why the third movie was better than the second - the three decent young actors in the series stayed. Everyone else disappeared for that one). But one of the worst and strangest parts of the movie was the way that the narrative repeatedly tried to make the audience feel nostalgia for the better than average teen sex comedy that spawned the series.

Oddly enough, this movie actually delivers on that nostalgia. With dozens of actors and small story lines, the movie does great work with what little it has. Every little story line has a pay off and while that's slightly cliched, there is a decent element of friends coming together and trying to make sense of their lives. Both the narrative and the acting eschews the easy tropes where these kind of things can go. Particularly fun is Chris Pratt of Parks & Recreation playing a variation on the loveable doofus that has served him so well. In this case, he's the football player that is trying REALLY hard to apologize to the guys he mocked throughout high school. The non-commitment of the people that he's apologizing to is almost heart breaking.

While many of these stories have been done before, the movie still makes them feel fresh and for that alone, it's worth a recommendation. It might not be a movie that you NEED to see but it's definitely a solid couple of hours of entertainment.
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