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"American Pie Presents: The Book of Love" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Chris Heinonen

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Synopsis

When three East Great Falls High buddies accidentally discover the legendary "Book of Love", penned by some of their school's alumni, they embark on a hilariously outrageous quest to lose their virginity with the girls of their dreams. Join Jim's Dad (Eugene Levy) and this lovable and outrageous group of guys in this raucous comedy full of shocking and heartwarming fun! p>

 

Specifications

  • Universal
  • 2009, Color, Unrated, 1 Hr 34 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: VC-1
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring: Eugene Levy, Rosanna Arquette
  • Directed by John Putch
    Rating
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  • Violence: None
  • Sex: Yes (and nudity)
  • Language: Bad

Commentary

I saw the first American Pie film in theaters and really enjoyed it when it originally came out, and have watched parts of it on video since then. I saw the second film at home, and by the time they got to a third film I thought that they were starting to recycle jokes and plot ideas too often, and I stopped watching. I was totally unaware that it was still going as a direct-to-video series, though it seems that Eugene Levy is the only person that I could recognize from the original film. Unfortunately, I realized 30 seconds into this movie that whatever enjoyment I got from the first film, I was not going to get that from this film. Every single character, and plot idea, seems to be a rehash of the characters from previous movies, with the same plot points and themes that came before, only less funny and more crude. I was hoping for something similar to how the first movie was, but unfortunately they seem to have aimed lower that before, losing all of the fun and creativity of the first movie for something that couldn't end fast enough for me. Maybe since it's been a decade since the first film I'm no longer a part of their target audience, but it just was not a film that I enjoyed at all.p>

Technical

The picture on the film was OK, though not extremely sharp, and about what I would expect for a Direct-to-Video title from a major studio. Colors looked to be a little off, but contrast and black levels were good. The soundtrack was dialog centric, with it's main use of the surrounds for it's soundtrack and not for extra ambiance or details. Overall, the picture and sound were acceptable, and right in line for this type of release.

Extras

The extras consist of some deleted scenes, a gag reel, and some very short featurettes. Nothing really of substance here, which is about what you would expect.