The kids are back, rediscovering their youth, now in their thirties in "American Reunion."
This is the fourth installment of the "American Pie" franchise, featuring pastry lover Jim (Jason Biggs), nice guy Oz (Chris Klein), and party animal Stifler (Seann William Scott). Each character is dealing with some sort of midlife crisis and relationship problem that builds up to an actually funny comedic payoff in the end.
The supporting cast of secondary characters helps this film bring humor to sexless marriages, rehashed high school flings and dead-end careers … or, as I like to say, comic gold. This may be the best film in the series since the original, which came out back in 1999. Serving as a reminder of lost youth, many of these characters work better as awkward adults than as teens.
Most of the jokes, as you might expect, are a bit disgusting. If pooping in a cooler or having your genitals trapped in a laptop is your idea of humor, this movie is for you. The flick-o-meter gives "American Reunion" a three out of five. Gross-out humor is not my thing but I did laugh a few times.
Make sure to catch the closing credits. You get to see current shots of each actor juxtaposed to what they looked like in 1999. They were all so, so young then, but then again, weren't we all?
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"American Reunion" can be found in our Midtown Patch at Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 16. Daily Show times are at Noon, 1:20 p.m., 1:50 p.m., 2:35 p.m., 4:25 p.m., 5:10 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m., 7:45 p.m., 9:35 p.m., and 10:20 p.m.
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Hungry? Not far away from the Atlantic Station theater is Curly’s Fried Chicken, located at 1021 Howell Mill Road. This establishment claims that “Nobody fries a bird like Curly” and apparently he’s getting a lot of help by the looks of the side menu items. They include: Mama Jean’s macaroni & cheese; Aleane’s cole slaw; Steve’s Cajun rice; Aunt Gail’s famous sweet tea; and Jerimiyah’s friend Oreos.
But chicken (along with fish and shrimp) is the draw here the menu claims that Curly’s uses “locally grown chickens that are hormone, steroid and antibiotic free.” Pickup orders and catering is available from Curley’s, which is open seven days a week. For more info, see here or call 404-872-7888.