CATEGORIES Comedy, Universal, Remakes and Sequels, Trailers and Clips, Trailers and Clips, CinematicalI know the demographic who watches all of the American Pie Presents films is quite narrow, but when I came across the trailer for American Pie Presents: The Book of Love, I had to step back and give them a bit of a golf clap. Who would have ever thought that a little high school sex comedy from 1999 would go on to spawn two theatrical sequels and four straight-to-video titles? Were there any among us who saw Jason Biggs get intimate with an apple pie and thought, "My God, there needs to be seven of these movies"?
Yet here we are with the trailer for The Book of Love, the seventh entrant to the canon of Pie. And in case you're not a die hard fan of the last three films, they were a trip to Band Camp, a lap running The Naked Mile, and a Beta House whose crowning accomplishment was playing a game of rugby against some aggressive midgets. While the makers of those all found various tie-ins to the original films, mainly through the lineage of Stiffler, the biggest thread tying the franchise together has been Eugene Levy, and Book of Love shows no intention of letting him out of his seemingly eternal contract as Jim's Dad.
This time around, the male populace of East Great Falls High have once again stumbled upon the Bible hidden in the school's library, which you'll recall is the sex guide Casey Affleck gifted to the gentlemen of the first film. Only the book gets ruined in a freak accident, causing the amorous youngsters to track down the Bible's original creator in an attempt to recreate all of the sexual secrets contained therein.
Note: as should be expected from a sex comedy, the following trailer is not work place friendly:
Now I'm not saying it's a great looking movie, though all three of the STV sequels thus far have been tolerable in a "why am I watching this?" kind of way, but I do have some respect for a franchise that has lasted longer than anyone could have predicted and yet still manages to call back to the original film for its inspiration. I'm sure it'll be as equally passable as its predecessors, which means it'll likely feature lots of gags involving condoms, nudity, and bungled sex attempts as the boys try to track down their sex Bible; culminating in the realization that they never needed it in the first place, that they had the power to take advantage of the frivolity of America's new youth all along.