American Pie Presents: Girls R and Boys R are two popular kids' movies featuring the characters of the American Pie franchise. They are set in the late 1970s in a suburb called Willow Hills and are produced by the studio that brought us such films as Top Gun and Men in Black. The main characters are Billy (Joe Mantegna) and Billy's best friend, John (Mark Wahlberg). They have a very unconventional family-centered upbringing, which is where the movie takes its inspiration from.
When John and Billy decide to get married, Billy's father, Mr. Smith (Donnie Yen), tells him that they can have any man they want, so long as it's a good one. John and Billy go on their honeymoon to Las Vegas and find an Elvis impersonator, "Linda Lee", who is playing in a casino with her band, the Temptations. Once she sees them, she starts singing and dancing in front of the crowd, causing Mr. Smith to throw a fit. He orders his father not to let Billy talk to any of the girls he wants to be with.
American Pie Presents: Girls R and Boys R are a fairly uncomplicated movie, but it doesn't follow a specific plot, which is why many of the elements of the story become confusing. The acting in the film is quite good, but there are quite a few scenes where it appears as if we're watching someone else perform the scenes. This doesn't detract from the film itself, but it does make for a bit confusing viewing.
Linda Lee is a pretty good singer, but she can also sing, dance and act quite well. The Temptations, on the other hand, are quite a talented bunch of guys, but they seem to forget that the girl in front of the crowd is also part of the show.
American Pie Presents: Girls R and Boys R don't have a lot of great special effects. The actors don't really scream "movie star," which is why the special effects in this movie don't feel as great as it would if they were made by a major Hollywood studio. The special effects are mostly the product of the Temptations, and Linda Lee's vocal ability to play the lead role, but the rest of the group has a nice enough singing voice that they still don't really matter.
Kids' movies are always a challenge to watch and American Pie Presents: Girls R and Boys R fall into that category. It isn't a bad film by any means, but it could've had better special effects and less of a challenge to sit through. The overall concept seems like a good one though, so I wouldn't be too disappointed if you decide to pick up this movie.