|Director:||Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg|
Other Movies Seen By This Director (1)
- Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay
|09.08.12||Netflix|| The gang's all back! including some minor characters I forgot existed! Who are for some reason treated like a cameo even though they have nothing going on! Except I guess Natasha Lyonne is now clean enough to hire again!|
Exlamation points aside, this movie was a really weird feeling. Thanks to the Alamo, I have an appreciation for a good sex comedy, and enjoyed the 90s raunchy spin that the first of this series offered enough to see all the (theatrical) sequels. It's been a while since the American Wedding though and watching everyone come back for this reunion plotline is doubly baggage-ridden because all these actors are basically doing the same thing. Some have careers, some had careers that are now in slumps, some had no real careers to speak of, and some are now best known for botched boob jobs. So there's constant judging going on, coupled with comparisons to see which actors, 13 years later and now no-excuse adults, can actually act and who are just horrible. There's a scene where Tara Reid is supposed to be asleep and it's the most hilariously awful thing I've seen in a Hollywood movie in a long time. Never mind that she's fully made up and not touching an inch of her face to the pillow, her eyes are barely closed. it looks like she's doing an ab crunch to keep her hair from getting messed up. It looks like she's a wax mannequin. Like in Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Wow.
So after all that, we have a sex comedy that really feels really really old. All these guys are old and weird now. I like whatshisname in How to Make It in America but he has a pretty poorly-written arc here so he has to spend all his scenes talking about vague international travel. Chris Klein looks like he can't even stand up straight because of his weird muscles (what did he interview for all coked up? Chicago or something? that was hilarious) They put a beard on that other guy probably to make him look older than 20. I feel a whole different level of embarassment for these guys amidst 18 year old hardbodies in bikinis, other than the intended embarassment for the kooky scenarios that Jim finds himself in.
Man, I keep trying to give a solid mixed reflection but deterring into negativity. It was just such a weird experience to see this movie displaced from another time. It's kind of like when the Three Amigos misunderstand the situation and start singing My Little Buttercup in front of all the hardened Mexican drinkers. But i guess maybe that's how all school reunions go so maybe they hit the mark?
Anyway, i chuckled once or twice at the absurdity of it but mostly felt old.