March 30th, 2012
01:03 PM ET
High school is the stage upon which many life-long memories, both good and bad, play out - and no one knows this better than Hollywood.
Some of the best movies and TV shows have been set in fictional high school classrooms, whether the intent is to inspire, a la "Stand and Deliver," petrify (for some reason, "The Craft" is coming to mind), invoke sentimentality or light-heartedly mock the truisms of being a teen.
When a TV show or movie gets it right, we tend to become so attached to those characters that we'd happily tune in or plunk down a movie admission fee to see how they turned out after graduation.
The team behind "American Pie" is betting on this by bringing the cast of the 1999 teen comedy together again for April's "American Reunion," which follows what happens the weekend of their 10-year high school reunion in East Great Falls.
We love the idea, even if we don't think it's wholly warranted (after all, we did have two follow-ups to "American Pie," so it's not like we didn't know anything about their post-high school lives), and it made us wonder what other high school casts we'd love to see in a reunion TV special or movie sequel.
We kept this open to movies and TV, but tried to narrow it down by focusing on the shows and films where as much drama happened in the classroom as it did outside of it over an extended period of time (so no "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," although we'd love to see that reunion too):
1. "Saved by the Bell" (1989-1993) - We STILL can't see Mark-Paul Gosselaar or Mario Lopez without thinking of this series, and we know we're not alone. Jimmy Fallon valiantly worked to get the old crew from Bayside High - Zack Morris, Kelly Kapowski, Lisa Turtle, A.C. Slater, Jessie Spano, Screech and Mr. Belding - together again on "Late Night," and People magazine did a "20 year reunion" spread for a 2009 issue, albeit without Dustin Diamond (Screech) or Dennis Haskins (Mr. Belding). But what we really want to know is if Zack Morris still uses the "time out":
2. "Mean Girls" (2004) - This is one high school reunion that's feasibly possible, considering the 10-year mark since "Mean Girls'" release is coming up in 2014. What became of Cady Heron, and is Regina George as terrifying as an adult as she was in high school? Is Gretchen still trying to make "fetch" happen? Do Karen's boobs still forecast the weather? These are the questions we need answers to.
3. "The Breakfast Club" (1985) - A coming-of-age movie that's without a doubt required viewing, and we loved the suggestions the cast had for where their characters would be today at the 25th anniversary screening.
4. "Dawson's Creek" (1998 -2003) - Granted, this would probably be the saddest reunion ever, given the way the series ended, but we still want to know how Dawson, Joey and Pacey ended up. And maybe the writers could take Michelle Williams' suggestion, and have Jen Lindley return as a ghost.
5. "Election" (1999) - Can you imagine what Tracy Flick would be like as an adult?
"Clueless" (1995) - As much as we'd love to see a follow-up to this endlessly quotable mid-'90s flick, we're not sure it'd work without Brittany Murphy's Tai.
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