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American Pie (1999)


Main reasons as to why I’m letting my senior year go out with a bang!

A group of four horny high school buddies decide to make a pact in which they all plan to lose their virginities before the high school prom. In their valiant quest for getting their collective rocks off, the boys get into all kinds of trouble and wildly unpredictable hilarity ensues.

Since the reunion of this famous high school film series is coming up some time soon, I thought what better way to take a trip down memory lane and make me realize how much I’m going to miss my days as a high schooler.

One of the main reasons why ‘American Pie’ is considered the classic that it is today is because it’s a teen sex comedy flick that doesn’t have us forget that and makes no apologies for it either. I mean this is one of those high school comedies where there is just so much raunch, gross-out visual gags, and obvious sex jokes that for the biggest stickler to dirty stuff will probably piss away this flick, but for the horned-up, sex-crazed teenager like myself and plenty of other ones out there too, I loved it. The jokes are dirty, yes, but they are also hilarious and with every situation that seemed to get even funnier and grosser just as the film went on where it felt like these guys could pull anything out of their ass, and they probably would too. It’s definitely one of those raunchy comedies that are for a certain audience, but if you are that audience, you will have an absolute ball. Hell, try to guess what the title is actually about! I can tell you it’s not named after that Don McLean song.

Probably what’s so much better about this flick apart from it’s gross-out comedy stuff is the fact that it does a pretty realistic job at capturing just what it’s like to be in high school. The essence is here in every scene such as when you feel peer-pressured into doing such things as sex with a major babe or taking a couple of brewskies, and even those moments with the other high school classmate that are just awkward beyond belief but at the time you’re not really thinking and you don’t care either way. Being in high school myself right now (as you could have probably already assumed), this one hit close to home with me because I could identify with everything that these characters were going through and it just felt honest, real, but also totally hilarious in just how everything played out and the film never loses that funny edge to it.

But you don’t even need to be in high school at the present time to fully enjoy it, all you have to do is remember all of the people that made up your best (and sometimes worst) moments of high school and also the other little people in between like the skanks, or the jocks, or the weirdos, or even the parents that always seem to be up your ass trying to pep you up about sex and tell you what’s right and what isn’t. It’s all so true and the way that first-time director Paul Weitz was able to show this makes it even better considering it brought back the high school teen sex comedy back from the grave that it was in for so damn long.

Another great aspect of this film is that its characters aren’t terribly unlikable pieces of shit that you wouldn’t want to even sit next to in class, let alone spend a whole hour and 36 minutes with, they are actually sweet characters that you care for and want to be around more and more. Jason Biggs is perhaps the most impressive here as Jim because he totally just lets himself loose, degrading himself on countless occasions just to do anything for a quick laugh and it always had me laughing my ass off. He’s also incredibly nerdy which gave me that type of idea that he’s like what Woody Allen would be like in a comedy like ‘Porky’s‘. His dad, played by the always funny Eugene Levy, is also hilarious and the father-son duo they got going on here works because it feels so real in a very funny way.

Everybody else in the cast is great too and every character is just worth mentioning because they all add something to the film that makes it what it is known as today. Chris Klein is perfect as the sensitive jock, Oz; Eddie Kaye Thomas is funny as the sophiscated and high-standard type known as Finch; Thomas Ian Nicholas is good as the inspired virgin, Kevin; Alyson Hannigan is so damn cute and charming as the band weenie, Michelle, and easily brings out the best moments in the flick; Natasha Lyonne is hip and cool as the chick who knows everything about anything, Jessica; Mena Survari is nice as the sweet choir singer, Heather; and Tara Reid is just fine as Vicky. Oh yeah let’s not forget to mention that the biggest high light of this flick is probably every time Seann William Scott shows up as Steve Stifler, but you know what? There’s nothing else that needs to be said about just how amazing of a character this dude is and how great Scott is at playing him considering he plays the same character just about in every movie now.

Also, can’t forget to mention Shannon Elizabeth either but I think we all know why I can’t forget. Rawrrrrr!

Consensus: American Pie may not be for the more older/sophisticated types but who it is for, works in every single way from it’s acting, to its gross-out gags, humor, atmosphere, embarrassing reality of what it’s like to be in high school, and also will probably bring you back to thinking about the days of you and your pals in the day and all of the people who made it what it was.

9/10=Full Price!!

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19 responses to “American Pie (1999)

  1. TheVern March 20, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Great review. I agree with you about the characters. I loved them, even the douchbags were interesting. it’s great that you compared Jason Biggs to Woody Allen because Allen directed Biggs and Christina Ricci in “Anything Else” Have you seen it?

    (if this is a repost I apologize)

  2. Steven Flores March 20, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    I do love that film. I got to see it twice when it came out. The only thing I didn’t like about it was that it didn’t reflect my own high school experience as I had just graduated that year. Still, how could anyone said no to Shannon Elizabeth’s tits?

  3. sanclementejedi March 20, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    Hmmm, I have never seen any of these movies. Your review actually makes them seem pretty funny. I think I might try to catch them streaming somewhere.

  4. Dan March 20, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    I might have to revisit this too with the reunion upon us. I still have fond memories of this but I don’t think I like it as much as I did when I was 15.

  5. ianthecool March 20, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    Its not THAT gross. If it was I probably wouldn’t like it.
    This movie came out for me at the perfect time; the summer just after I graduated high school. I still love it.

  6. Chip March 21, 2012 at 12:26 am

    Good review. You mentioned Porky’s in passing. That came out when I was in high school and it’s an actual teen sex comedy, unlike American Pie that talks a good game, but doesn’t show much (relatively). Anyone who liked American PIe (and I was one) needs to see Porky’s.

  7. Rodney March 21, 2012 at 6:05 am

    Saw this in the cinema as a preview the week before it opened wide…. the entire audience groaned with dismay when it first started and we realized what film we were watching (it was a random choice out of three new-release films, which we wouldn’t know until it actually started), but by the end, everyone was laughing like crazy. Loved the bit with Jim and the webcam. That entire sequence is solid gold.

  8. Evan Crean March 21, 2012 at 11:40 am

    Classic. Total classic. This film definitely revived the teen sex comedy in a major way and spawned plenty of parodies/imitators, which is how you know it’s good. I couldn’t believe that it became so popular that it basically spawned a franchise similar to National Lampoon. I loved the sequel, and I thought the third one was just okay, but I never saw any of the other “American Pie” movies. Looking forward to the new one.

    • CMrok93 March 21, 2012 at 1:30 pm

      I don’t want to bother with those other ones but I definitely love the series and can’t wait to see what they do with the reunion. Thanks Evan!

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  10. Megan April 9, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    the best one is the 1st American Pie

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