Screen Junkies » chris klein http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Wed, 01 Oct 2014 20:30:49 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 ‘American Reunion’ Plays Out Just Like Adulthood, And That’s Not A Good Thing http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/american-reunion-plays-out-just-like-adulthood-and-thats-not-a-good-thing/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/american-reunion-plays-out-just-like-adulthood-and-thats-not-a-good-thing/#comments Fri, 06 Apr 2012 17:34:01 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=247971 Just like in real life, it takes a LOT of naked breasts to assuage the tedium of adulthood.

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In 1999, when the first American Pie movie came out, the characters were young and dumb. Fortunately, the former excused the latter, so there were no judgments, but rather a silly escapist quality to seeing these kids negotiate second base and beyond. It wasn’t really supposed to be a coming-of-age tale (though it sort of read as one). It was a story about five kids trying to get laid in high school, and all the comic pitfalls associated with that awkward stage of their (and our) lives.

In cranking out three sequels, most recently with American Reunion, the producers have kept scrounging for reasons to check in with the Great Falls Class of 1999. The second one offered a summer together during college. The third one offered Jim’s wedding. And this installment offers perhaps the most convoluted reason yet: A 13-year reunion. Why 13 years? It’s better if you don’t ask, but a throwaway explanation is given in the film.

Years later, we see that the hopeful, fun kids we met in high school are now just really, really boring adults trying to navigate adult-y issues that aren’t that fun to watch. There’s something far less interesting and more sad about a married couple (Jim and Michelle) trying to get their sex life back on track than there is about goofy teenagers stepping into that world for the first time, or even the second and third. That might be due to the fact that personalities tend to shine a little less bright as people make their way to adulthood, but a bigger factor is probably that the actors aren’t exactly breaking new ground here.

I don’t know how long it’s been since Eddie Kaye Thomas or Thomas Ian Nicholas have had to carry a film or even a scene, but they move through this film like they are contractually obligated to perform for zero dollars. The caveat of the premise is that adults ARE more boring, so there’s a decent chance that the two aforementioned actors nailed their roles, but in doing so made their characters so real that they fail to hold our interest.

The opening of the film sets the table in efficient fashion, offering us peeks into the lives of the characters. The title scene offers us the first cringe-worthy sex gag in the same way the Scream opening scenes offer us our first vicious kill. It shows Jim and Michelle in adjacent rooms masturbating, and (MILD SPOILER ALERT!) Jim slams his dick in a laptop. The couple realizes marriage and child-rearing has caused them to lose their spark in bed.

Oz (Chris Klein) is a famous sportscaster, living the dream life with his uber-hot girlfriend played by Katrina Bowden. It becomes almost instantly clear that despite the façade of a dream life, he isn’t quite as Hollywood as his partner, and longs for a more domestic existence. Cry me a goddamn river.

Kevin is something of a stay-at-home husband, whose wife has neutered him through countless viewings of The Bachelor and Real Housewives. His plight is never really developed beyond the superficial “I miss hanging with the boys” conceit, but the whole situation seems to just exist to have him fawn all over his ex, played by Tara Reid. Tara Reid manages to look like she wandered onto the set, as she has in most every role she’s ever taken.

Finch pulls up as the world’s most interesting man, having travelled the globe in a zen-like search of enlightenment. Finch’s quest to become one with the world appears to have been successful, as Thomas plays the role as if he’s been pumped full of Xanax and could have cigarettes put out on him. The restrained character seemed to unintentionally serve as an audience surrogate, just taking it all in and not really worrying what these idiots are up to, because life has a way of working out.

And Stifler. Stifler turns out the way most guys like Stifler turn out. Beaten down by life, realizing that they mortgaged their future by behaving like caged animals in high school and college. That said, Seann William Scott’s enthusiasm for the role is one of the few compelling facets of this film. He comes across as genuinely excited for the opportunity to destroy jet skis and poop in a cooler, and as such punctuates the film with the childhood whimsy that has been lacking in the sequels. Of course, this wonder is tapered by a work obligation he must address to prove that even he is capable of growing up.

These arcs are established in the first 15 minutes or so of the film, leaving a long time for the characters to go on their predictable journeys, with breasts and painful close-up of Jason Biggs penis along the way. It would seem that, since the first film, the American Pie franchise has turned into the Police Academy of sex comedies. There’s a starting point, an ending point, and a parade of scenes that can be played in any order without much affecting where the film ends up. When the characters were 20, the journey was the point, but now it gets more difficult to figure out what the point of the film really is.

A few offhand comments:

  • John Cho appears briefly in a great scene that demonstrates that enthusiasm for this film is best confined to 45-second bursts.
  • We see Jason Bigg’s penis. Whether we want to or not.
  • Jim’s Dad lost his wife. Although it’s glossed over, it’s probably the only genuinely stirring moment of the film.
  • Chris Klein really looks the part of an over-the-top sportscaster. I would watch him on ESPN, provided he changed his catchphrase.
  • It’s truly amazing that this film still holds sacred its silly generic 90’s-rock soundtracks. The music sucks, but it’s one of the more charming and nostalgic features this far into the franchise.

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Katrina Bowden Brings Her Sexiest Living Woman Powers To ‘American Reunion’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/katrina-bowden-brings-her-sexiest-living-woman-powers-to-american-reunion/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/katrina-bowden-brings-her-sexiest-living-woman-powers-to-american-reunion/#comments Thu, 26 May 2011 16:04:41 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=213716 Phew! I was worried an 'American Pie' film wouldn't feature any hot chicks for a second there.

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American Reunion will be, if anything, really awesome to look at. This is thanks to the addition of Katrina Bowden to the cast. The”30 Rock” and Piranha 3DD star has signed a deal to perform opposite titan of the craft, Chris Klein, as the party girl he has on his arm at his high school‘s ten year reunion. She’ll join the original cast — Seann William Scott, Jason Biggs, Eugene Levy (of course), Thomas Ian Nicholas, Mena Suvari, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Jennifer Coolidge, Allyson Hannigan, and Tara Reid.

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I fear for Bowden in this role. How is she going to play an L.A. party girl while Tara Reid is standing in the same room? That’s a lot of pressure to get it right. It’s like imitating De Niro to his face. (Variety)

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‘American Reunion’ To Make Your Next Spring Break More Mediocre http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/american-reunion-to-make-your-next-spring-break-more-mediocre/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/american-reunion-to-make-your-next-spring-break-more-mediocre/#comments Tue, 26 Apr 2011 06:04:42 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=209066 Here's the 'American Reunion' release date, so you know when to avoid the latest 'American Pie' movie.

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After the phenomenal success of Scream 4, I’m sure you’re all excited to see another best-in-the-90′s franchise return to the box office. Here’s the info on American Reunion‘s release date, so you know when to avoid the latest American Pie movie. No, this one’s not going straight to DVD.

Stiffler, band camps and pie sexing will all be back in theaters April 6, 2012. The first three were Summer releases, which makes me wonder if Universal thinks this pie will be tasty enough for blockbusterdom. However, on a high note (that’s gonna be a pun – wait for it), the film is being written and directed by Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg of “Harold and Kumar” fame. (Note the word “high” earlier.)

The cast include a veritable who’s-who of actors who have nothing better going on, including Jason Biggs, Seann William Scott, Chris Klein, and American Pie All-Star Check Collector Eugene Levy. Other Pie alums are playing hard-to-get, but will almost certainly acquiesce, like Tara Reid and Mena Suvari. (TheWrap)

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Casting Round-Up: The Manson Family, An Unnecessary Sequel, And More http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/casting-round-up-the-manson-family-an-unnecessary-sequel-and-more/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/casting-round-up-the-manson-family-an-unnecessary-sequel-and-more/#comments Tue, 19 Apr 2011 16:54:24 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=207689 Get along, little doggies.

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Yeeee-haw, ladies and varmints! Grab a-hold of the nearest steer, because it’s time for another casting round-up!

Charles Manson, one of the original cowboys, is experiencing an upsurge in popularity recently, perhaps due to the fact that he was a raving paranoiac before Glenn Beck made it cool. He’s got at least three movies in development all about him, including The Family and Manson Girls. But the movie we’re here to discuss is called Eyes of a Dreamer, which Lindsay Lohan is attached to. Now, shock-rocker/sad little man Marilyn Manson is in talks to play Charles Manson’s right-hand man Tex Watson. Gidddiiiyyyyaaaaap, people who want to see “detailed recreations” of the Manson murders!! (CinemaBlend)

OK pardners, you might be a-wonderin’ whether Chris Klein is gonna be in that newfangled American Pie sequel, American Reunion. Welp, I’m here to tell you that he is, returnin’ to the part he made famous, that of “Oz,” the lacrosse player. Lacrosse!? I don’t even know what to say about that, so instead I’ll tie a sheepshank and be done with it. (MovieWeb)

Josuha Jackson, who probably wouldn’t know a diamondback rattler from a stump toad, is set to appear in Lay the Favorite, a movie based on Beth Raymer’s memoir. I’d make a joke about how a cowboy would never read a “memoir,” but true cowboys don’t traffic in class warfare. Yee-haw! (Variety)

Now I can see yer gettin’ a littl restless, much as if you had Yankee spiders in yer boots. Don’t fret though, this is the last one: Michael Peña has signed on to the Jake Gyllenhaal police thriller End of Watch. Yip! Yip! (Variety)

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Everything Chris Klein Says in ‘Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/everything-chris-klein-says-in-street-fighter-the-legend-of-chun-li/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/everything-chris-klein-says-in-street-fighter-the-legend-of-chun-li/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Everything Chris Klein Says in "The Legend of Chun Li" from Jeff Rubin on Vimeo. In all fairness, this IS more entertaining than the movie. In all fairness. (VideoGum) These links walk through the raindrops. The Manliest Manly Performances In Football History (ModernMan) Fall's Worst New Shows (TVSquad) Burlesque Show Aims To Settle The 'Star Wars' Vs. 'Star Trek' Battle  (Asylum) Top 9 Worst Employee's In Video Game History (Ranker) Melting Eastern Europe Ice: Alina Kravchenko Pictures (HolyTaco) Frotcast 13: Machete, Fake Buscemi (FilmDrunk) Decoding Her Signals (Maxim) Graffiti Artists Forced To Dance On Camera In Front Of Cops (BarStoolSports) A Gallery Tribute To National Lampoon Magazine (EgoTV) F*cking With People: The Movie! (Pajiba) Mmmm... Delicious Marketing (Unreality) World's First Wheelchair Double Backflip (TotalProSports) The 17 Nerdiest Dogs Ever(Smosh) The 14 Sexiest 3D Magazine Pictorials (BroBible) Mila Kunis In Black Lake Pics (CelebJihad) Hot Potato: Sarah McDowd (CagePotato) Lady Gaga Stole My Daughter's Soul (PopEater) Best Girls To Lose Your V-Card To (MadeMan)

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Everything Chris Klein Says in "The Legend of Chun Li" from Jeff Rubin on Vimeo.

In all fairness, this IS more entertaining than the movie. In all fairness. (VideoGum)

These links walk through the raindrops.

The Manliest Manly Performances In Football History (ModernMan)

Fall’s Worst New Shows (TVSquad)

Burlesque Show Aims To Settle The ‘Star Wars’ Vs. ‘Star Trek‘ Battle  (Asylum)

Top 9 Worst Employee’s In Video Game History (Ranker)

Melting Eastern Europe Ice: Alina Kravchenko Pictures (HolyTaco)

Frotcast 13 Machete, Fake Buscemi (FilmDrunk)

Decoding Her Signals (Maxim)

Graffiti Artists Forced To Dance On Camera In Front Of Cops (BarStoolSports)

A Gallery Tribute To National Lampoon Magazine (EgoTV)

F*cking With People: The Movie! (Pajiba)

Mmmm… Delicious Marketing (Unreality)

World’s First Wheelchair Double Backflip (TotalProSports)

The 17 Nerdiest Dogs Ever(Smosh)

The 14 Sexiest 3D Magazine Pictorials (BroBible)

Mila Kunis In Black Lake Pics (CelebJihad)

Hot Potato: Sarah McDowd (CagePotato)

Lady Gaga Stole My Daughter’s Soul (PopEater)

Best Girls To Lose Your V-Card To (MadeMan)

 

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