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American Pie

Cast (in credits order)
Chris Owen .... Sherman
Jason Biggs .... Jim
Jennifer Coolidge .... Stifler's Mom
Shannon Elizabeth .... Nadia
Alyson Hannigan .... Michelle
Chris Klein .... Oz
Eugene Levy .... Jim's Dad
Natasha Lyonne .... Jessica
Thomas Ian Nicholas .... Kevin
Tara Reid .... Vicky
Seann William Scott .... Stifler


    What has America come to? From Andy Griffith to Two Guys a Girl and a Pizza Place. From Gone With The Wind to American Pie. Think about those comparisons and you will consider that this is a complete bull intro which it is but doesn't it make you think.

    American Pie is basically about 4 high school seniors who make a pact to lose their virginity by prom. What ensues of course is the actions of four sex crazed lunatics. One already has a girlfriend, one goes the sensitive route, one goes through the play it cool route, and one has no idea what to do.

    The movie features some you have to see it to understand jokes like MILF or Stifler's mom (you’ll know what I’m talking about after you see it). It also has some blatantly obvious jokes like a young male experimenting his sexuality with a pastry and a guy mistakenly drinking a male body fluid mixed with an alcoholic beverage.

    The film uses sexual talk, actions, and gross-out jokes to keep the crowd interested and laughing. The plot is not totally original but the way it comes out is in a fashion I would have never imagined.

    The setting is East Great Falls High. All the usual student stereotypes are involved like jocks, dorks, band members and all other cliques that are in high school. In last year's much softer Can't Hardly Wait, the whole movie was a party. This movie only had certain parts that were parties but those certain parts blew Can't Hardly Wait out of the water.

    American Pie has a distinct taste from all other teenager movies. The characters are not afraid of any repercussions. They go all the way overboard. The filmmakers stopped at nothing for a laugh. Whether it is using foreigners for a laugh or making a parental figure talk about sex with his son.

    When I left American Pie, I was definitely satisfied. I got my raunchy comedy. Some great comedic lines. Some just all out funny scenes and some tender moments which were probably the weak points in the movie, like most high school movies. As for the high school movie debate, which one is the best this year. She's All That, and Varsity Blues don't even touch American Pie in my book. Cruel Intentions is closer them to American. But the only one that is up there which is officially from last year is Rushmore.

    The performance by Jason Biggs as Jim was a definite standout, especially since he had to do some pretty weird stuff for his role. He humped a pie and did a strip tease. Eugene Levy is a great comedic actor and was very good as Jim's Dad. Stifler (Seann William Scott) was awesome as the ultimate a-hole/jock. Every time he came on screen he said something totally unexpected. Chris Klein played the same kind of role in this movie as he did in Election. I didn't particularly like that movie but he's definitely talented. Natasha Lyonne and Shannon Elizabeth both gave good performances.  

    American Pie is not as all out funny as There's Something about Mary but it is the best comedy I've seen this year.

Rating: 3 stars/ B+/ 8 out of 10
Running Time: 110 minutes
Reviewed by: Buscemifan
Rated R for strong sexuality, crude sexual dialogue, language and drinking, all involving teens.

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