The Gang’s All Here: 10 Teen Comedy Ensembles That Should Reunite After ‘American Reunion’
Crank up the Third Eye Blind and pull that apple crisp out of the oven. The entire ‘American Pie’ gang is getting back together for a blast of 1990s nostalgia in 'American Reunion', where everything old is gross again. But the sheer act of reuniting a full ensemble from a once-popular teen-comedy franchise got us thinking about other casts we’d like to see back together. Here are 10 ensembles from classic high-school comedies that should follow the trail blazed by the ‘Pie’ guys … and how we think they could get back together after all of these years.
How we’d reunite them: This one’s pretty easy. Years after their stint in detention, the brain, the basket case, the athlete, the princess and the criminal come back to their hometown for their former principal’s (Paul Gleason) funeral, realizing they were never happier than on that fateful Saturday morning.
How we’d reunite them: The gang from Harry Elfont and Deborah Kaplan’s party movie get back together for one more celebration, this time in honor of Kenny (Seth Green) and Denise’s (Lauren Ambrose) wedding. Jerry O’Connell’s Trip McNeely, now a man of the cloth, presides over the raucous ceremony.
How we’d reunite them: In 2012, the former Pink Ladies and T-Birds are older, wiser, and tasked with chaperoning their own kids' high school dance. Get me Sha Na Na on the phone!
How we’d reunite them: Precious few cast members survived Michael Lehmann’s original dark comedy. And so, when copycat killings start bumping off the cool kids at her neighborhood high school, suburban soccer mom Veronica (Winona Ryder) suspects that J.D. (Christian Slater) somehow survived the detonation and is still exacting revenge. She and her neighbor, Martha “Dumptruck” (Carrie Lynn), investigate, knowing they are the only two who can stop him.
How we’d reunite them: It was the perfect ending: Lloyd (John Cusack) and his dream girl, Diane (Ione Skye), fly off into the sunset to live happily ever after. But do they? We need a ‘Before Sunset’ type of relationship study that catches up with these beloved characters years after the fact.
How we’d reunite them: Forget all of this ‘Ghostbusters’ nonsense. Cast Bill Murray in a new ‘Meatballs’ movie, instead. We’d much rather see him bring back head camp counselor Tripper Harrison, who is in danger of seeing his beloved North Star Camp being acquired by the wealthier Camp Mohawk if he can’t raise $500,000. His brilliant idea? Recruit former campers like Rudy (Chris Makepeace) and “Spaz” (Jack Blum) for a modern-day, charitable Olympiad.
How we’d reunite them: Sam (Molly Ringwald) and Jake (Michael Schoeffling) want to throw the best Sweet 16 birthday party for their teenage daughter (played by ‘True Grit’ standout Hailee Steinfeld), but must contend with Sam’s dysfunctional family, who still feel guilty for spoiling the ginger’s special day so many years ago.
How we’d reunite them: Well, we’d build on the Super Bowl ad Matthew Broderick recently shot for Honda, catching up with the work-shy Bueller to see how he’s spending his days. It was great seeing Ferris again. But the advertisement also had us wondering what happened to Bueller’s partners in crime, Cameron (Alan Ruck) and Sloane (Mia Sara). We’d gladly take a day off from our own jobs to spend some time with those three again.
How we’d reunite them: Taking a page from the ‘Say Anything …’ playbook, we’d catch up with Alicia Silverstone’s wealthy Valley Girl Cher right as she finds out that her attorney father (Dan Hedaya) has been circumventing the law and – caught up in a scandal – is losing the family fortune. Cher leans on best friend Dionne (Stacey Dash) and true love Josh (Paul Rudd) as she’s forced to fend for herself in the technologically advanced “real world.”
How we’d reunite them: Another idea that was teased by an actual event. The ‘Fast Times’ cast reunited for Spike TV’s Guys Choice awards in 2011. With this one, we’d get weird. We’d film a sequel that took place one year after the events of the ’82 comedy, letting each actor play their original roles without addressing the obvious aging that has taken place over the last 30 years. As Mike Damone says, “This is going to be great, Rat. It's like the highlight of their day.”