It's been almost a decade since Jim, Finch, Stifler, and the rest of the American Pie gang were on the big screen. American Wedding (2003) seemed to be the final word on the sexual misadventures of the East Great Falls High graduates, but a string of straight-to-DVD spin-offs were successful enough to warrant interest in another theatrical outing.
Rumors of a fourth American Pie have been swirling around for several years, but the project really gained traction last year when Harold & Kumar writers Jon Hurwitz & Hayden Schlossberg signed on to write and direct the film. Last week, we learned that plans to bring back the original cast were off to an encouraging start when Jason Biggs, Seann William Scott, and Eugene Levy all officially jumped on board. It was also revealed that the new film will be titled American Reunion.
As if you hadn't already guessed, the film will involve the characters returning home for their ten-year high school reunion. Thanks to What's Playing, we now have a detailed breakdown of how things have changed since we last saw the Pie gang and what sort of trouble they'll be getting into this time.
For starters, What's Playing's source indicates that although Biggs, Scott, and Levy are the only actors that the trades have mentioned, the other original cast members are definitely involved as well.
To me, the rest of this information looks like character set up that's going to be established in the first act of the film, but if you want to go into American Reunion with absolutely no idea of what to expect - steer clear of the next few paragraphs.
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One of the biggest criticisms fans seemed to have about American Wedding was the decision to streamline the cast. While certain supporting players could justifiably be ignored for that particular story, the absence of Oz (Chris Klein) never made much sense - particularly because the film never even attempted to explain where he was.
He may have missed Jim's wedding, but Oz will be attending the reunion. He's apparently become a pseudo-celebrity thanks to an appearance on a talent show reminiscent of Dancing with the Stars. He lives in a lavish Malibu mansion and returns to East Great Falls as something of a big-shot.
Oz brings his new girlfriend Mia with him, but it's suggested that she's only interested in him because of his wealth. Meanwhile, Oz's former flame Heather (Mena Suvari) has a new partner of her own - she's dating a forty-something surgeon who's having difficulty accepting his age and attempts to act much younger than he really is.
Jim (Biggs) and Michelle (Alyson Hannigan) have fared a little bit better - they're still married, but Jim finds himself tested by the advances of his now grown-up next door neighbor, Kara. This also becomes a problem for Kara's boyfriend, Marco, who puts the lion's share of the blame squarely on Jim.
It sounds like there might be another tryst with Stifler's mom (Jennifer Coolidge) in the cards for Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas), but he also has a romance with Trisha - a former band camp geek and friend of Michelle's who's now "a smokin' hottie bartender".
As for Stifler (Scott), it seems that he's fallen on hard times. He works as a temp for a domineering boss and isn't quite as smooth with the ladies as he used to be. Once he returns home, he hooks up with Laurie - a former classmate who's quite a bit heavier than she used to be. Ever the gentleman, Stifler insists on keeping the lights off.
Oh, and Jim is still a YouTube sensation thanks to the video he made with Nadia (Shannon Elizabeth) in the first film.
There's no mention of Kevin, Nadia, Vicky, or Jessica, but again - they're apparently all involved. I also wouldn't be surprised if we get the requisite cameos from the MILF guys, Sherman, and a few other familiar faces.
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I always enjoyed the American Pie films so much more than the hordes of spinoffs they inspired. The gross-out gags are easy to mimic, but it was this franchise's affection for its characters and its heart that really set it apart. I wouldn't say they were great films, but they were a lot of fun.
A lot of people are probably going to roll their eyes at the notion of a belated American Pie sequel, but I think the idea of catching up with everyone at a different point in their lives has a lot of potential. I was exactly the right age for the first American Pie film, and with my own high school reunion taking place a few months ago, it sounds like American Reunion might prove to be fairly relatable as well.
I also enjoyed the Harold & Kumar movies much more than I thought I would; and although this will be the first theatrical American Pie film that's not written by Adam Herz, perhaps it will benefit from a fresh perspective.
We'll be sure to keep you updated on the development of American Reunion.
Source: What's Playing