Threat advisory: High - High risk of entertaining activities
There's something about your first piece.
Jim (Jason Biggs) is just like any other healthy, red-blooded guy - who is also a virgin - he's desperate. And since his parents walked in on him watching porno films on a scrambled cable channel, things are now more desperate than ever. At home, his well-meaning dad (Eugene Levy) participates with a mortifying zeal in his son's sexual education and things at school aren't any better. His experience with a beautiful foreign exchange student, Nadia (Shannon Elizabeth), proves an online disaster, so his last resort is Michelle (Alyson Hannigan), a chatty band member who is handy with a flute. One thing is for sure; after exhausting every conceivable way to inaugurate himself in the ways of sex, Jim will never look at an apple pie the same way again!
Persons of interest
- Jason Biggs .... Jim Levinstein
- Shannon Elizabeth .... Nadia
- Alyson Hannigan .... Michelle Flaherty
- Chris Klein .... Chris "Oz" Ostreicher
- Natasha Lyonne .... Jessica
- Thomas Ian Nicholas .... Kevin Myers
- Tara Reid .... Vicky Lathum
- Seann William Scott .... Steve Stifler
- Mena Suvari .... Heather
- Eddie Kaye Thomas .... Paul Finch
- Eugene Levy .... Jim's Dad
- Jennifer Coolidge .... Stifler's Mother
- Chris Owen .... Chuck Sherman
- Adam Herz .... Screenwriter
- Paul Weitz .... Director
- Chris Weitz .... Director
Cinematic intelligence sources
- American pie official movie site
- See also American pie 2, American pie 3
- Studios and distributors:
Special Agent Matti
Er... teenage boys in their last year of secondary education trying to lose their virginity on the big screen. Like they do.
American pie is not, fortunately, Porky's for the 90s. Almost as unfortunate, however, it is also not Romeo + Juliet. It wavers somewhere between the two, never achieving the heights or depths of either. For a new generation of hormonally repressed American teenagers, this film may well be shocking, but not for anyone in the real world.
Actually, American pie is more like Pretty in pink meets Porky's than anything else. Yes, I feel that is a much better description. Unfortunately (there's that word again), American pie doesn't have the legs to fill those films' shoes. (How's that for a mixed metaphor!)
The saving grace of American pie is that the filmmakers (brothers Chris Weitz and Paul Weitz - Antz) are new to their positions (producer and director respectively), so they've got the Hollywood standards down without being totally lost in the system. Unfortunately [Enough already! Ed.] that won't take long. There are lots and lots of funny bits, embarrassing bits, squirmy bits, steamy bits, etc., but once the lights come up in the cinema, nothing in your life will have changed.
Unless you're a hormonally over-achieving teenage guy without a girl or boyfriend. Then you might need to change your underpants.
Media intelligence (DVD collector's pack)
- Special features:
- Behind-the-scenes: Spotlight on location, footage from the set of American pie 2, key art tour
- Commentary: Jason Biggs, Eddie Kaye Thomas, JB Rogers, Adam Herz
- Deleted scenes
- Interview: Paul Weitz and Chris Weitz
- Music: 19 minute live performance by Tonic
- Trailers: American pie, American pie 2
- Picture: Widescreen 16:9 enhanced
Security censorship classification
MA 15+ (Sexual references)
92 minutes (1:32 hours)