The top 10 movie reunions

The top 10 movie reunions. By Simon Miraudo.

Next week sees the cinema release of American Pie: Reunion , in which Jim, Michelle, Stifler, Oz, Finch, and the rest of the gang gather for their 13-year high school reunion. It made us nostalgic, not just for the previous American Pie films and our fleeting youth (come back!), but for all the other great reunion movies out there. To quote Mad Men‘s Don Draper, “In Greek, nostalgia literally means ‘the pain from an old wound’.” So, prepare to open up those old wounds as we reflect on the top 10 movie reunions!

10) Zack and Miri Make a Porno

BFFs Zack (Seth Rogen) and Miri (Elizabeth Banks) have achieved very little in the ten years since graduating from high school. Their failures – and near bankruptcy – are only magnified when they run into an old classmate (Brandon Routh), and his super-successful porn-star boyfriend (Justin Long), inspiring them to kick off their own home-movie making endeavour. Amazingly, this surprisingly sweet flick features one of the least depressing reunions on the list.

9) The Secret in their Eyes

In this 2010 Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film, retired federal agent Esposito (Ricardo Darin) catches up with his ex-boss Irene (Soledad Villamil) to solve a long-lingering case and help finish his memoir. More pressing to his book’s conclusion than the identity of the criminal is whether or not Esposito and Irene will end three decades of unrequited love and finally get together! Argentinians – bad at crime solving; great at being romantic.

8) Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion

Airheads and eternal butts-of-the-joke Romy (Mira Sorvino) and Michele (Lisa Kudrow) leave L.A. and head back home to Arizona for their 10-year reunion, eager to present themselves as ladies of the world. It does not go well… until an inspired dance with school nerd/current billionaire Sandy (Alan Cumming) to the tune of Cydni Lauper’s Time After Time reinvents them as heroes. It makes sense in the movie.

7) Old School

Mitch (Luke Wilson), Bernard (Vince Vaughn), and Frank “the Tank” (Will Ferrell) shake free the shackles of adulthood and set up a college fraternity despite not actually attending college. Unfortunately, their plan to rock-on-until-shuffling-off-the-mortal-coil (like the late, great Blue) is stifled by stuffy Dean Pritchard (Jeremy Piven), a former schoolmate and frequent target of their pranks. Deans – ruining everyone’s fun since time immemorial.

6) Young Adult

Here’s a reunion to bum everyone out. Former queen bee Mavis Gary (Charlize Theron) is now a bitter, aimless, YA ghost writer, whose life is finally given direction and drive when she receives a birth announcement from her former beau (Patrick Wilson) and his lovely wife. Of course, Mavis feels she has to liberate him from his domestic prison. Armed with a mixtape of classic 90s tunes, a variety of age inappropriate outfits, and a lot of vodka, Mavis’ attempt to recapture her past is one truly depressing descent into irrelevance. Hilarity ensues!

5) Wet Hot American Summer

David Wain‘s now-legendary ensemble comedy Wet Hot American Summer featured before-they-were-famous turns from Paul Rudd, Bradley Cooper, Elizabeth Banks, and Amy Poehler. They play a bunch of teenagers who, on the last day of camp, battle everything from broken hearts, an impending astrological disaster, and crack addiction. In the final moments, they vow to reunite 10 years later (but argue over the precise time). We then briefly witness the gathering. Here’s hoping the long-rumoured sequel gives us more of where that came from.

4) The Big Chill

How could we leave off The Big Chill? College pals Jeff Goldblum, Glenn Close, William Hurt, Kevin Kline et al come together to mourn the passing of their friend (Kevin Costner, whose face was famously excised in the editing room). Cue baby boomer nostalgia, and one hell of a soundtrack.

3) Grosse Point Blank

The running theme through all these movies – except Wet Hot American Summer, for obvious reasons – is regret, and Gross Point Blank‘s Martin Blank (John Cusack) certainly has his fair share of that. Not only does he wish he never abandoned the delightful Debi Newberry (Minnie Driver) on prom night, but he’s now questioning his decision to become a professional assassin too. Maybe he can kill two birds with one stone by heading home for his high school reunion? But what could he possibly have to talk about with his former peers? “I killed the president of Paraguay with a fork. How have you been?”

2) Before Sunset

Last we saw Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy), they had spent an unforgettable 12 hours together in Vienna, and promised one day to reunite. They do just that in Before Sunset, though their lives have changed much in the last nine years. For one, Jesse is married. But will that stand in the way of true love. The ambiguous ending may not offer much of an answer … but perhaps the impending sequel will!

1) A Mighty Wind

Christopher Guest’s last great mockumentary concerns three folk banks reforming for a tribute concert. There’s The Folksmen (Spinal Tappers Guest, Harry Shearer, and Michael McKean), The New Main Street Singers (led by Jane Lynch and John Michael Higgins), and, most significantly, Mitch & Mickey (American Pie’s own Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara). Whether or not the broken down Mitch will be able to plant a peck on his ex-wife at the climax of their most famous (and Oscar nominated!) song A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow is the question on everyone’s lips, and it provides one of the best and most affecting moments in movie history. Yeah, we said it!

Discuss: OK, what did we miss?

One Response to “The top 10 movie reunions”

  1. wow!!!!!!how could you possibly miss the greatest most stupendous reunion movie of all time.THE BLUES BROTHERS.to quote from the movie itself “we’re getting the band back together”

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