A fourth helping of American Pie? No thank you, I"m full

A fourth helping of American Pie No thank you, I'm full

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22:34 GMT, 3 May 2012

AMERICAN PIE: REUNION (15)

Verdict: A crass reunion

The characters from American Pie have grown up, but the sense of humour hasn’t.

The guys are back and attending a high-school reunion, but not much has changed. That is not a good thing.

I gave the original four stars despite its grossness. It was funny — and ground-breaking in its honest description of sexual attitudes among Nineties teenagers.

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Ageing disgracefully: Chris Klein, Jason Biggs, Eddie Kaye Thomas and Thomas Ian Nicholas in American Pie: Reunion

Ageing disgracefully: Chris Klein, Jason Biggs, Eddie Kaye Thomas and Thomas Ian Nicholas in American Pie: Reunion

And the youthful characters, though sleazy, developed to the point where you became quite fond of them.

All that goodwill dissipated over the course of two money-grabbing sequels, and it hasn’t been regenerated in this effort, the fourth film in the franchise.

This is puerile smut as before. But behaviour which seemed forgivably obnoxious in adolescents becomes something else in people pushing 40 — creepy.

Reunion also has a morose, depressive tone of middle-aged defeat and regret.

It’s a downer, cynically manufactured for nostalgia buffs who still snigger uncontrollably at nudity and excrement.

I’ve seen worse, and I laughed a few times, but if you think about its view of male-female relationships for longer than a nanosecond, it’s more tragic than funny.

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