If you want to feel old, consider this – the first American Pie came out on July 9th, 1999, making it twenty years old this week.
It seems like only yesterday we were watching Jason Biggs and Alyson Hannigan on the big screen; but if American Pie were a person, they would be driving, in college (maybe…), able to smoke, and obviously dating.
Allison Hannigan, who went on to have a very successful career in TV and film, posted a selfie on her Twitter on July 9th wishing American Pie a “Happy 20th.”
The reunion to celebrate twenty years included Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan (obviously), Eddie Kaye Thomas, Chris Klein, Natasha Lyonne, Tara Reid (who has spurred thousands to search online to find a Botox specialist near me, looking so plastic and stiff but wrinkle-free at 43) and Seann William Scott, along with Entertainment Tonight.
Comparing their selfie to the picture we have in our minds of the cast does make you realize how much time has past since its release. In an era where teen movies were all the rage, American Pie stood out.
American Pie was an instant hit, and both critics and fans loved the movie. With a budget of only $11 million, it made over $230 million in the box offices. That would be over $350 million today, adjusted for inflation.
The movie spawned an impressive seven sequels and spinoffs: American Pie 2, American Wedding, American Reunion, American Pie: Band Camp, American Pie: The Naked Mile, American Pie: Beta House and American Pie: The Book of Love. No one is suggesting any of these touch the original film, but few ‘concepts’ get so many movies.
The reunion is part of a two-part special, and the cast talks about things that never reached fan’s ears, including Jason Biggs hesitation at the iconic (is that the right word here?!) scene involving the famous pie.
Biggs said in the interview that he panicked when filming was set to happen and had to call his manager to talk him down. “What if absolutely no one sees this and I f*** a pie for no other reason than I got paid very little money to f*** a pie?!”
ET also showed old interviews with the cast from 20 years ago discussing what the movie was about from the actor’s perspective, how they feel about it, and what their ‘first time’ was like.
Additionally, the cast revealed on set crushes, and Natasha Lyonne tells a story that even most of the cast didn’t know – Seann William Scott called her one day confessing interest, but she turned him down!