Older, raunchier "American Pie" gang back for "Reunion"

Thu Apr 5, 2012 5:18pm EDT
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By Iain Blair

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - It's been 13 years since the hit teen comedy "American Pie" introduced a pack of horny high-schoolers out to lose their virginity before graduation and made an unlikely star of a warm pie.

Now the gang is back - a little older if not much wiser - in a fourth sequel, "American Reunion," in theaters on Friday, and they are again pushing the boundaries of good taste with plenty of full-frontal nudity and outrageous behavior.

Together for a high-school reunion, and encouraged by party-meister character Stifler (Seann William Scott), even the more responsible among the group, including Jim (Jason Biggs) and Michelle (Alyson Hannigan) who are now married with a kid, soon find themselves caught up in a wild weekend.

Eddie Kaye Thomas (Finch), now 33 with such credits as "Harold & Kumar" on his resume, called the film "an homage" to "American Pie" in recent interviews with reporters.

"The first touched on that great period in everyone's lives where you're terrified you're not cool enough and going to graduate as a virgin - and nothing could be worse! But this one deals with the fact that, ‘I'm 30 now and nothing like I hoped I'd be,'" Thomas said.

Thanks in part to the original 1999 "American Pie," comedy movies have increasingly embraced raunchy humor, no-holds-barred sexual situations and outrageous stunts. For recent examples of "Pie" offspring, see "Bridesmaids" and "The Hangover" franchise.

"Our comedy always goes all-out, and we both love that type of comedy, and Hayden Schlossberg, who along with Jon Hurwitz wrote the screenplay for "American Reunion." The two also were the pair behind the "Harold & Kumar" raunchy comedy franchise.

Schlossberg called writing the movie "a fun challenge to figure out what the new poop joke is going to be, or how you're going to have nudity in a way that makes people uncomfortable."   Continued...

Cast members of the film "American Pie 2" accept their award as Choice Comedy Movie at the Teen Choice Awards taping August 4, 2002 in Los Angeles. Shown (L-R) are Chris Klein, Seann William Scott, Mena Suvari, Shannon Elizabeth, and Alyson Hannigan. REUTERS/Fred Prouser