On Jan. 12, a video hit social media that appeared to be from a forthcoming Friends reunion film titled, what else, “Friends: The Movie.” The trailer was a tear-jerker, to say the least, and quickly went viral. After all, who hasn’t wondered what Joey, Chandler, Monica, Phoebe, Ross and Rachel have been up to over the last 14 years?
As the video, which has racked up 9 million views since its posting, described, the film is “a continuation and finale to the hit TV series Friends. This picks up a few years where the final season left off with Ben and Emma grown up. Mike and Phoebe have trouble with marriage, Monica and Chandler are getting a divorce, Joey couldn’t find someone, and Ross and Rachel have trouble after many years of not being together!”
A dream come true for ’90s kids everywhere, right? Sadly, the trailer is just a fake, created by a clever mix of the Friends actors’ recent TV and movie appearances. Still, both Ross Geller and Phoebe Buffay themselves are here to set the record straight.
During a recent interview on Meghan Kelly Today, David Schwimmer said, “I doubt it—I really doubt it,” about the potential for a Friends reunion ever happening. “Look, the thing is, I just don’t know if I want to see all of us with crutches [and] walkers,” he added. And during an appearance on Conan, Lisa Kudrow added that a show about 50-somethings with the same problems as their 20-something characters would just be “sad.”
“They’re rebooting everything,” the actress said with a laugh. “I don’t know how that works with Friends, though. That was about people in their 20s, 30s. The show isn’t about people in their 40s, 50s. And if we have the same problems, that’s just sad.”
While the group may never return to television together, you can rest assured the cast does remain friendly in real life. As Kudrow told the Today Show in 2017, “We have convened, privately, for dinner, and it was great.”