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American Pie (1999)

 -  Comedy | Romance  -  9 July 1999 (USA)
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Four teenage boys enter a pact to lose their virginity by prom night.

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Jim, Oz, Finch and Kevin are four friends who make a pact that before they graduate they will all lose their virginity. The hard job now is how to reach that goal by prom night. Whilst Oz begins singing to grab attention and Kevin tries to persuade his girlfriend, Finch tries any easy route of spreading rumors and Jim fails miserably. Whether it is being caught on top of a pie or on the Internet, Jim always end up with his trusty sex advice from his father. Will they achieve their goal of getting laid by prom night? or will they learn something much different. Written by Film_Fan

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Rated R for strong sexuality, crude sexual dialogue, language and drinking, all involving teens | See all certifications »

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$11,000,000 (estimated)

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£2,094,122 (UK) (8 October 1999)

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£13,833,890 (UK) (17 December 1999)
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The URL for the webcam broadcast that Jim emails (from jim@eastgreatfalls.edu) to his friends is http://128.220.27.192/temp/NadiaVision. (The IP address actually belongs to the Department of Psychology of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD.) See more »

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In the bedroom scene the girl is holding a clear cup full of beer. The camera goes off her and when it comes back she is holding a blue cup. The camera goes back off her then on her and the cup is clear again. See more »

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Jim's Dad: [talking about masturbation] It's like banging a tennis ball against a brick wall, which can be fun. It can be fun, but it's not a game.
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Jim's Dad: What you want is a partner to return the ball.
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Astoundingly good-natured sex comedy
14 July 1999 | by (NAS Whidbey Island, WA) – See all my reviews

The director and the writer, Paul Weitz and Adam Herz respectively, will do anything for a laugh -- that's good, as it turns out, because this movie has a great many laughs in it. There's not much of that restricting, suffocating "logic" stuff around, but "American Pie" is immensely enjoyable. I mean, almost none of the things that happen in this film would ever, ever come to pass in real life, but it doesn't matter.

For starters, the characters aren't all one-dimensional. Thankfully, they're two-dimensional, so right away it has an edge on 60-70% of all the movies ever made.

Moreover, it's heart is in the right place. Most high school movies these days are all about cruelty and malice, especially towards (and among) the women. Not the case here. This is the first conventional high school movie I've ever seen that made me smile so much (I say conventional because "Rushmore" still trumps every one of them).

Furthermore, it's very funny. I wouldn't dare give away any of the really great gags (we've all seen the trailer -- that's not the one I mean), but I'll say this: Weitz and Herz are extraordinarily skilled in audience manipulation, which is to say that they know how and when to spring unexpected surprises upon us. They also know how to use foul language for punch, rather than punctuation.

The soundtrack is another positive. It's all about joy and high energy -- even music from Third Eye Blind and Barenaked Ladies that suffers from radio overplay fits the mood appropriately.


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