The 1980’s gave birth to what was known as “the sex comedy”. “Porky’s” was king of this era. It was lewd, crude and nude. Rated R for Raunchy! It also produced 2 sequels (that slowly decreased quality) and a slew of imitations. Even a bunch that were very weak imitations that didn’t even go as far and were only rated PG but gave the illusion of pushing the envelope. As the 90’s was getting closer, these types of films got fewer and further between and virtually disappeared. Until 1999, that is. The time seemed ripe for the picking. The teen movie market knew nothing about the 80’s film history of “Porky’s”. So, we were about to enter the “American Pie” era.
The little movie that could. “American Pie” was low budget and not expected to do a whole lot except make back its production cost. But shooting up the charts, making more box office than expected and making stars out of the unknown cast. Jason Biggs, Shannon Elizabeth, Seann William Scott, etc. all starred in other things afterward— for a while anyway. Most importantly, it also gave content to pop culture with quotable terminology and instantly recognizable lines.
After the success of the first, you know a sequel has to be in order. But this has to one of the most interesting stories about the sequel. One story was in place, shot, and edited but then tested poorly. It could have ended the franchise right then and there. Rewriting and reshooting here and there, a new edit and we have a much better movie. Seeing the original deleted stuff, I’m glad it was changed but part of me wants to see what the original “American Pie 2” would have been like.
Closing out the trilogy was “American Wedding”. Definitely the weakest of the three. It was almost as if Seann William Scott forgot how to play Stifler. Seemed very forced to me. And Chris Klein wasn’t available to do it so it was still missing a cast member. Still had some decent (and indecent) gags and jokes. In the end, I’m glad it was ending here in 2003.
Of course, it wasn’t really the end. The studio decided they’d expand the universe with straight to video “sequels” with loose connections and cameos while mostly dealing with other Stiflers. The first and worst of these was “American Pie Presents Band Camp”. In a nutshell, it should have never been made. But moving away from that family member, it found another Stifler for “The Naked Mile” and “Beta House”. Then moving on to a completely new cast, they did “Book of Love”, which wasn’t bad but copied a lot from the original movie, before getting the original cast back for the next movie.
2012 gave us “American Reunion”. A 13-year high school reunion. 13? That doesn’t even make sense. Set it a couple years prior and make it 10 years like most schools. It tried to recapture the magic but they were trying make the same type of movie after so many copies were already done. Yes, that’s right. Just as after “Porky’s”, after the success of “American Pie”, we had imitations and more sex comedies, including a boatload of straight to video releases, and of course “unrated” versions of movies when they got released on DVD. It wasn’t a bad movie but the magic and newness wore off and shouldn’t have been attempted.
This wasn’t even the end. In 2020, they tried another straight to video “sequel” with another Stifler, a female this time. “Girls’ Rules”. I can’t add much insight into this one since I never bothered watching it. I would tell them to quit while they are ahead but it’s been a long time since they were ahead. They are completely drowning now.
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