American Pie: Reunion will be released next April, capping the popular ’90s sex comedy series. This presumably means another round of sexual hijinks, more mugging from Seann William Scott, more awkwardness from Jason Biggs and another eye-rolling batch of pie puns in the media. The movie centers on a high school reunion, a set-up that lends itself to nostalgia but very little narrative innovation. Can Pie 4 score with such a formula?
The large cast from 1999′s American Pie is re-assembled almost in full for Reunion. The careers of most of these original players have flattened out to an extent, so it’s not hard to see why they re-signed for this final (?) installment. Eugene Levy, the only actor to appear in all the original films and the DVD-only spin-offs, also returns as Jim’s (Jason Biggs) dad.
Here’s a look at the first trailer:
Perhaps the R-rated portions, not permitted in this green-band trailer, will offer something fun, but the film still looks essentially like a feature-length curtain call for the original trilogy. The trailer doesn’t give us much to excite interest and instead seems to be content saying things like “Remember Stifler? Wasn’t he funny back in the day?” This is fine, as long as audiences are in the mood for nostalgia.
The filmgoers who made the initial Pie films box office hits came from an overlap of two generations. It caught the first few cohorts of the Millennial Generation and the last couple from Gen X, meaning its original audience is somewhat diffuse. Will this group, now in their late 20s and early 30s, feel enough residual fondness to make Reunion a box office success? ‘90s redux sequels haven’t fared particularly well (Scream 4, anyone?), but they didn’t trade as explicitly on nostalgia as Reunion seems to. The movie has a distinct “hey, remember shop class?” feel to it, and this might play in its favor. Who doesn’t love seeing an old friend after years apart? Sure, you both might be graying a little at the temples, but that old chemistry and sense of fun is still there. At its best, American Pie: Reunion will be like that pal from years past.