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“American Reunion” trailer has a red band (camp)

“American Reunion” trailer has a red band (camp) (photo)

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It’s Halloween month, of course, and I’ve got a good scare for you this afternoon: it’s the red band trailer for “American Reunion,” the eighth “American Pie” film and the first in the series with the original cast since 2003. It may look like a comedy to you, but all I see when I look at this project is my youth, dead and wasted like so much discarded pie crust. Nothing like the realization of your own creeping mortality to put the fear of God in you.

That’s why I’m guessing this first trailer for “American Reunion” has a red band; it’s too depressing for old farts like me to watch it. Or maybe it’s the multiple masturbation jokes and the tainted sock landing on a small child. Who knows. Could be a little from column A, a little from column B. Just be aware that unless you work in Internet porn or the personal lubrication industry, it’s kind of NSFW.

Since the trailer for the original “Pie” saw Jim (Jason Biggs) get busted whilst jerking it to porn (back then it wasn’t on the Internet, it was a scrambled channel on pay cable), there’s some nice symmetry here. But then the fact that he now gets busted by his own son instead of his dad (Eugene Levy, the only guy to appear in all seven previous “Pie”s) sends me into another fit of uncontrollable sobbing.

Undiagnosed mental trauma (and kidding) aside, I am looking forward to the film, as much for the writers and directors (“Harold and Kumar”‘s Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Sclossberg) as for the return of the entire original cast. Then again, looking at that original cast a dozen years later — Biggs and Alyson Hannigan, as seen in the trailer, plus Thomas Ian Nicholas, Chris Klein, Seann William Scott, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Tara Reid, Natasha Lyonne, Mena Suvari, Shannon Elizabeth, Jennifer Coolidge, John Cho, and, of course, Eugene Levy — should be pretty fun too (and, perhaps, spirit-crushing). I’ll also be really curious to see how this film does with younger audiences. Do you they know and love the original films that way my generation did? Do they know it mostly as the generator of all those low-rent direct-to-video sequels? Do they even know it at all? The movie opens April 6 next year; if the box office is huge, I guess we’ll have our answer. If it’s not, that could be an even scarier day for Universal.

So what do you say: do you care about the “American Pie” franchise? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.

[H/T First Showing]

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.

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It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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