You know how it’s been said more than once throughout the years that anything is possible? Well, maybe some things should be deemed as less than possible and well kept within the past where they thrived. What Ryan Scott of MovieWeb includes in his article however is pretty accurate, this kind of comedy has it’s place and time and as of now an American Pie 5 might not do quite as well as it did about seven years ago. Sean William Scott seems interested in reviving his character, Steven Stiffler, while even Tara Reid seems to think it might work, but at this point it’s kind of hard to see anyone lining up to watch it for anything other than nostalgia. Even that doesn’t seem like it would be enough to make it repeat the numbers that the movies have produced throughout the years since at this time the main cast members would be in their 40s at least and the humor would have started to die down just a bit as their own kids, assuming that the rest of them have started a family, would be nearly grown or at least well on their way to being teenagers. I get it, the funny is still possible to find within this idea, but at the same time it’s whether or not it would be as well-received since despite its box office numbers, American Pie: Reunion had a lot of cringe to it that made it kind of hard to watch at times.
When American Pie first came out it was still cringe-worthy but people were more than willing to watch it since, as Mary Reinstein of US might agree, that was the type of humor that was still loved at that time. Toilet humor, gags that seemed bent on singling people out, and even the kind of laughs that come from the ill luck of others have changed throughout the years since PC culture has really swelled since the 90s and has begun to take a heavy toll on Hollywood and what it puts out. There’s still plenty of toilet humor out there, but somehow it feels dulled down compared to what we used to see. Since the American Pie movies a lot of the actors have moved on and some of them have been doing quite well in fact. Jason Biggs is perhaps one of the biggest success stories since he went on to star in several mediocre movies and then became a regular on Orange Is The New Black. Tara Reid became involved with the inane Sharknado movies, and the other cast members went on to do their own thing as well. Sean William Scott however went on to do a number of movies that either didn’t make the cut that often or were great for a short while and then were relegated to cult classic status, like the Goon movies.
This is another role that Scott, who’s a great and extremely funny actor, has found a renewed interest in since he wants to go back to the character of Doug Glatt to see whether or not there’s any way to revive the movie and create something along the same lines. The only problem here is that in the last movie it would appear that Doug’s career was over with a shoulder injury that wouldn’t allow him to skate any longer. Plus he had a family to take care of, and his team was finally moving on without him as LaFlamme took the lead. So in all honesty moving forward with Goon seems like a bad idea since there’s a possible direction but it seems like a stab at faded glory that is quick path to nowhere and even worse, obscurity. Sean William Scott has tried a few other movies such as Mr. Woodcock and has had a number of cameos here and there, but, and I think Beatrice Verhoeven of The Wrap might agree, it almost feels as though he’s been looking for another series to land in since his days as Stiffler and Glatt. That’s kind of funny but in a very disturbing way since it would almost seem that he put so much into each character that he found it next to impossible to commit to anything else in the same way, even though he’s put in pretty decent performances in other movies.
The bottom line at this time is that neither movie seems like a great idea largely because it feels as though whoever made it would have their work cut out for them. Why? Because quite honestly, it’s holding onto the fading glory instead of moving forward. If the movies found a hook that they could use to keep the stories moving forward without having to look back too often then maybe it would work. Maybe Stiffler could become a family man and have to struggle with wanting to be the party animal while having a household to look after. Maybe Glatt could have a stronger role behind the scenes with the Highlanders. So long as neither character is shown looking back that often it seems as though there’s a slim chance that these movies could work.