Ahh, American Pie. What a classic. It was raunchy, but it wasn’t gross. If you know what I mean — it had heart to it. Now, I know what you’re thinking, “Sarah, you were like 10 when the first American Pie came out. It was before your time.” But you’re wrong. Yeah, I saw American Pie on VHS when it first came out. My mom wasn’t really big on movie/television ratings. I watched Beverly Hills, 90210 (the old version, not that lame excuse for a remake they’re airing on the CW nowadays) with her when I was five or six. That Kelly Taylor sure did look like my Barbie doll.
Anyways, the beauty of watching American Pie when you haven’t quite learned about um, the birds and the bees yet is just the naivete of it all. Sure, I knew where babies came from and that people have sex, but I didn’t know what getting to second base was (in sexual terms and in baseball terms, I wasn’t a sporty child). And like why was this guy putting a pie in his crotch? Or why did that girl do that thing with the flute? Um, uncomfortable?
I really didn’t know what was going on, but everyone looked like they were having fun and they were really cool. Plus, that kid from A Kid in King Arthur’s Court was in it and he was pretty cute. And because I was probably one of the few in my elementary school class who watched American Pie, I thought I knew this cool secret. My two other friends that saw it and I would talk about how funny it was all day long, while our other friends would whine about how their parents wouldn’t let them rent it at Blockbuster. Sob story.
Now they’re reuniting the whole gang 13 years later for a fourth movie, American Reunion. It comes out on April 6th. I’m really excited to see it, first of all because it’s bringing people some work who haven’t really worked since the late 90s/early 2000s (Tara Reid, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Chris Klein, Natasha Lyonne…I’m looking at you guys). Second, because I’m actually going to understand everything that’s happening now.