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“American Reunion” teaser makes us feel nostalgic, incredibly old

“American Reunion” teaser makes us feel nostalgic, incredibly old (photo)

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“American Pie” came out the year after I graduated from high school, and it’s tale of awkward, horny virgins who have no idea how to relate to women was basically my life story on film, plus an awkward masturbatory pie incident something I could not relate to in any way whatsoever but still found very entertaining. Both sequels, “American Pie 2” and “American Wedding” were satisfying diversions, if not quite as earth-shatteringly honest and funny about 90s teen life as the original. Then came a decade of straight-to-video cash-in sequels with none of the original cast except Eugene Levy as Jim’s Dad, still hanging around teenagers for some reason even though Jim himself had split years earlier. And while some of those DTV titles aren’t horrible (some; notice I said some) they never even came close to approximating the pleasure of the true “American Pie”s because they only replicated the crazy sexual antics and not the special chemistry between the characters.

Which is why it’s kind of fun to see those characters back in “American Reunion,” written and directed by “Harold and Kumar” architects Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, which debuted a cute teaser trailer on the web this week. The premise is simple but brilliant: its the gang from East Great Falls High School’s ten year reunion. Thus there’s no need to bend over backwards trying to invent some clever way to bring together all two hundred and fifty-two characters (approximate) from “American Pie,” the reunion does all the work for you. And sure enough, basically everyone’s coming back, including actors like Tara Reid and Chris Klein who didn’t even show up for “American Wedding.” They’ve even found room for the charming minor characters like Chris Owen’s Chuck Sherman a.k.a. “The Sherminator,” a guy whose nerdiness and love of impersonating Arnold Schwarzenegger characters hit an uncomfortably close chord with me at age 18 is really silly and absurd and in no way relatable, but still amusing to watch.

Here is the teaser:

Obviously, we don’t see much (or any) actual footage from the movie, or even the entire cast. So I’m left with a lot of questions: where’s “Mad Men”‘s January Jones, who played Stifler’s unlikely love interest in “American Wedding?” Will any of Stiffler’s younger brothers, cousins, half-cousins, and gardeners who anchored all those DTV sequels show up? Has Nadia’s handle on the English language improved and will that make her less sexy as a result? Will John Cho — a.k.a. “MILF Guy #2” — still be obsessed with MILFs even though he’s now old enough to be a FILF himself? I guess we’ll have to wait and find out when the film opens on April 6 next year.

Do you want to see one more “American Pie?” Does the mere thought of one wrack you with crippling terror about your own mortality? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…

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Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.

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Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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Celebrity All-Star by Sisters Weekend is available now on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Sisters Weekend isn’t like other comedy groups. It’s filmmaking collaboration between besties Angelo Balassone, Michael Fails and Kat Tadesco, self-described lace-front addicts with great legs who write, direct, design and produce video sketches and cinematic shorts that are so surreally hilarious that they defy categorization. One such short film, Celebrity All-Star, is the newest addition to IFC’s Comedy Crib. Here’s what they had to say about it in a very personal email interview…

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IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Celebrity All-Star is a short film about an overworked reality TV coordinator struggling to save her one night off after the cast of C-List celebrities she wrangles gets locked out of their hotel rooms.

IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Sisters Weekend: It’s this short we made for IFC where a talent coordinator named Karen babysits a bunch of weird c-list celebs who are stuck in a hotel bar. It’s everyone you hate from reality TV under one roof – and that roof leaks because it’s a 2-star hotel. There’s a magician, sexy cowboys, and a guy wearing a belt that sucks up his farts.

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IFC: What was the genesis of Celebrity All-Star?

Celebrity All-Star was born from our love of embarrassing celebrities. We love a good c-lister in need of a paycheck! We were really interested in the canned politeness people give off when forced to mingle with strangers. The backstory we created is that the cast of this reality show called “Celebrity All-Star” is in the middle of a mandatory round of “get to know each other” drinks in the hotel bar when the room keys stop working. Shows like Celebrity Ghost Hunters and of course The Surreal Life were of inspo, but we thought it
was funny to keep it really vague what kind of show they’re on, and just focus on everyone’s diva antics after the cameras stop rolling.

IFC: Every celebrity in Celebrity All-Star seems familiar. What real-life pop personalities did you look to for inspiration?

Sisters Weekend: Anyone who is trying to plug their branded merch that no one asked for. We love low-rent celebrity. We did, however, directly reference Kylie Jenner’s turd-raison lip color for our fictional teen celebutante Gibby Kyle (played by Mary Houlihan).

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IFC: Celebrity seems disgusting yet desirable. What’s your POV? Do you crave it, hate it, or both?

Sisters Weekend: A lot of people chase fame. If you’re practical, you’ll likely switch to chasing success and if you’re smart, you’ll hopefully switch to chasing happiness. But also, “We need money. We need hits. Hits bring money, money bring power, power bring fame, fame change the game,” Young Thug.

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IFC: Who are your comedy idols?

Sisters Weekend: Mike grew up renting “Monty Python” tapes from the library and staying up late to watch 2000’s SNL, Kat was super into Andy Kaufman and “Kids In The Hall” in high school, and Angelo was heavily influenced by “Strangers With Candy” and Anna Faris in the Scary Movie franchise, so, our comedy heroes mesh from all over. But, also we idolize a lot of the people we work with in NY-  Lorelei Ramirez, Erin Markey, Mary Houlihan, who are all in the film, Amy Zimmer, Ana Fabrega, Patti Harrison, Sam Taggart. Geniuses! All of Em!

IFC: What’s your favorite moment from the film?

Sisters Weekend: I mean…seeing Mary Houlihan scream at an insane Pomeranian on an iPad is pretty great.

See Sisters Weekend right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib

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