As we commemorate the 24th anniversary of American Pie’s theatrical release on July 9, it becomes evident that the film, though regarded as a classic, would face challenges if it were to be released today.
The humor that was deemed acceptable back then would likely be seen as offensive in the current cultural landscape, necessitating a toning down of similar content for it to find an audience today.
In a 2022 interview with Jake’s Takes, Scott elaborated on why he believes a modern rendition of American Pie wouldn’t resonate with audiences. He expressed his skepticism, stating that he doesn’t believe there is currently a demand or appetite for the type of film that American Pie represents.
During the conversation, Scott mused, “You know, I was having a conversation with a friend the other day, and I said, ‘You could never make American Pie these days.'” He continued by acknowledging the repercussions of some of the content in the movie, noting, “Some of the things depicted in that film would likely result in arrest and potentially long jail sentences if replicated today.”
The actor further commented that he doesn’t foresee a resurgence of interest in films of that nature, although he acknowledged that his perspective could be proven wrong. Scott believes that contemporary audiences gravitate more towards witty and intelligent humor, emphasizing the value of well-crafted writing over excessive and over-the-top content.
Following his role in American Pie, Scott has ventured into various comedic projects. At the time of the interview, he was promoting Welcome to Flatch, a mockumentary sitcom that delves into the lives of small-town residents. The series, directed by Paul Feig, known for his work on Bridesmaids, is based on the hit British show This Country, created by Daisy May Cooper and Charlie Cooper.
In Welcome to Flatch, Scott portrays the character of Father Joe. Feig, who hadn’t been involved in television since his work on Freaks and Geeks, expressed his aspirations in an interview with The New York Times. He revealed his desire to create a long-lasting television series, stating, “I’ve never had a huge television hit, and I want nothing more than to make 200 episodes of Welcome to Flatch.”
As we reflect on the enduring impact of American Pie and its cultural significance, it becomes apparent that the landscape of comedy has evolved over the years. While the film continues to hold a special place in the hearts of many, the challenges it would face in today’s climate highlight the importance of adapting content to align with changing societal norms and sensibilities.