Cinematic Reunion: Ethan Makes the Call for Five Big Screen Returns
by Ethan Anderton
April 5, 2012
As the release of American Reunion is right upon is, it seems fitting that other comedic ensembles are returning in the form of an Anchorman sequel and a Dumb & Dumber sequel, which could even end up shooting this September. And while other blasts from the past include follow-ups to Midnight Run, there are several other big screen reunions that I'm much more keen on seeing come together. Now this is by no means an assembly of the best and most desired returns to the big screen, but my personal picks of certain movies with recognizable groups or duos that I would absolutely love to see back in theaters again.
Here are my Top 5 picks of big screen returns, inspired by the new American Reunion, that I'd love to see.
South Park - When Trey Parker and Matt Stone brought their foul-mouthed fourth graders to the big screen in 1999, it was one of the few times the transition from TV to film worked so well. Helped by the fact that Parker and Stone are a whiz with crafting a musical (see Book of Mormon), South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut is a fine effort, and contains some of the most original songs crafted in the past 20 years. And while the show is flourishing on Comedy Central still, I'm anxious for a return to the big screen.
Surely the last 13 years since the first film was released contains something the duo can send up on the big screen. Of course, considering the speed at which an episode can be created (watch the documentary short 6 Days to Air: The Making of South Park), they usually are pretty timely and relevant with their storylines, and the time it takes to produce a film would certainly take that way, but I'm sure plenty of fans would love to see Kyle, Stan, Cartman and Kenny back on the big screen with an all-new musical adventure.
This is Spinal Tap - The hilarious Christopher Guest has kept the laughs coming in the form of mockumentaries like Best in Show, A Mighty Wind and Waiting for Guffman, but it's the following of the band Spinal Tap that stands as his most revered of the genre, and he only wrote the film with co-stars Michael McKean, Harry Shearer and director Rob Reiner. However, in a recent interview, frequent co-star Eugene Levy said he doesn't think Guest has anymore mockumentary hilarity in the works as the concept has been played out because of shows like "Parks & Recreation," "The Office" and even all the bullshit reality shows on TV nowadays which are so ridiculous that they feel like they're made up.
But with rock bands like The Rolling Stones still touring and rocking out, now seems like the perfect time for Spinal Tap to emerge once again. I'd love to see them dealing with issues like getting their music in a video game (after all their songs can be played on Rock Band), or battling with a modern day rock band who just plain sucks. How great would it be to have Spinal Tap in a rivalry with a band mocking Nickelback?
The Goonies - Of all my choices, this one has been the most talked about, and the possibility has seemed like a reality on more than one occasion. However, with cast members like Josh Brolin and Sean Astin not getting any younger, the likelihood of more action and adventure just doesn't seem like it's in the cards. Obviously, the grown up cast members could be passing the torch to a new group of adventurous kids, maybe even their own. The entire cast of Super 8 sounds like a fine bunch to me. Of course, unless Steven Spielberg and director Richard Donner make it happen, it's likely just a pipe dream.
The Mighty Ducks - They went from District 5 to becoming Junior Olympic Champions for Team USA and then off to a fancy prep school. But The Mighty Ducks haven't shot a knucklepuck since D3: The Mighty Ducks happened in 1996. But why can't Charlie Conway (Joshua Jackson), Russ Tyler (Kenan Thompson), Fulton Reed (Elden Henson), his bash brother Dean Portman (Aaron Lohr), Goldberg (Shaun Weiss) and the whole gang come back for some more hockey. Jackson and Thompson are the only ones with solid careers as the former stars in "Fringe" on Fox and the latter is a cast member of "Saturday Night Live," so a reunion doesn't seem out of the question.
In addition, considering Emilio Estevez has a directing career now, maybe he can be at the helm of the film and come back as Coach Gordon Bombay (Minneapolis, Minnesota). At their age, the group could easily be adult Olympians, or maybe they get brought in to play hockey during a strike from the NHL, something like a nostalgic twist on The Replacements football comedy starring Keanu Reeves and the apparently retired Gene Hackman. Quack, quack, quack, QUACK, QUACK! GOOOOOO DUCKS!
Wayne's World - Yes, this is my top choice. Mike Myers hasn't enjoyed a truly amazing comedy since the first Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, and since his Shrek franchise has worn out its welcome, not to mention the cinematic fart that was The Love Guru, he needs something great. A return of Wayne Campbell and Garth Algar (Dana Carvey) is just what the doctor ordered.
I was already calling for Wayne's World 3 when the duo returned to "Saturday Night Live" to blast the Academy Awards, and there was a slight glimmer of hope when Carvey joked about it on "Conan" after Will Ferrell's announcement of Anchorman 2. After all, with Bill & Ted getting a new film, why can't Wayne and Garth get some new action, too? Could you imagine the rock and roll loving couch potatoes dealing with the sounds of Skrillex? Until then, I'll just sit here and lick the cat's butt.
Well, there you have it. My choices for some great cinematic reunions. Any other worthy suggestions?