Remember 1999? We all freaked out about Y2K, but slightly before that, Jason Biggs f***ed a pie. Not only did he have sex with a pastry, his onscreen father, played by Eugene Levy (the 1999 version of Ben Stein’s Ferris Bueller’s Day Off character), saw the detritus of what was once his wife’s pie (the Oedipal complex jokes just write themselves!) and had an overly frank and candid talk with his teenage son about appropriate places to put his penis.
The tale of four high school seniors who make a pact to lose their virginity on prom night was not unique, but American Pie managed to strike both funny and poignant notes that many modern coming-of-age tales miss. The film introduced the nation to Seann William Scott’s Stifler, he of the hot mother (Jennifer Coolidge) who was deemed a MILF – a term that is still used today. The phrase “This one time, at band camp…” would be quoted for years to come.
American Pie spawned two sequels, American Pie 2 and American Wedding, which reunited the cast for further ludicrous-yet-relatable hijinks. The franchise seemed destined to be a trilogy, but in the grand tradition of not being able to leave things alone, Universal greenlit a fourth American Pie movie, American Reunion, which was filmed this past summer in Georgia.
Almost the entire cast is reuniting (see what we did there?) for the (hopefully) final part of the gang’s saga – not that it was hard to get some of the actors. Jason Biggs didn’t have much going on after his CBS sitcom was not renewed. Chris Klein went off the rails and did a stint in rehab, as did Seann William Scott. Still, Biggs and Scott were able to command the highest price tag at $5 million apiece, plus addition first-dollar gross. Next on the thinly-veiled pay scale were Alyson Hannigan and Eugene Levy, who have both been working steadily since Pie.
The rest of the cast all secured around $500,000 to $750,000, save for one clear low woman on the totem pole. Hot mess Tara Reid, now fresh off her stint on Celebrity Big Brother: UK, reportedly earned a paltry $250,000 to reprise her role. Considering Reid recently married a Deloitte consultant, however, she’s probably having the last piece of the pie.
Who Got Paid What for the ’American Pie’ Reunion [THR]