It was the year 1999, The Millennium Dome had just opened its doors for the first time, Myspace was launched, we were all tapping our feet to (Party Like It's) 1999 by Prince on our minidisks and a young 19-year-old teenager draped head-to-toe in denim swung open the doors to his local cinema to watch a new film everyone was talking about called American Pie. That young man was me.
I left the cinema with a belly full of popcorn and a grin on my face. I really enjoyed American Pie but, then again, I was a teenager – I'm much older now and times have changed. My full denim outfits were swapped for chinos and ill-fitting blazers a long time ago and now whenever I say the word "minidisk" or "Myspace" to people, they just tend to slowly back away from me.
Not only had things around me changed, but I'd changed; I wondered, "How would wash with a disillusioned 31 year old, who now enjoys walks in parks and balsamic vinegar?"
For a start, we've all built up a strong tolerance to gross-out comedy over the years, so how could they surpass the seemingly unsurpassable?
We've already seen Stifler's gag reflex after drinking someone else's, erm, man-juice, and Jim Levenstein's iconic apple-pie romp burnt its indelible mark on our memories. So, in order to have the same resonating effect as their predecessor, surely they needed to push the boat even further alongside modernising the comedy to appeal to a now much older demographic.
So, to find out how they did this, I flew out to Georgia in America to talk to the original – now somewhat vintage – cast to find out from them how could match the success of the original.
American Pie: Reunion hits the cinemas on the 2nd of May.
Stay tuned for part two featuring Sean William Scott (Stifler)