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For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for American Pie can be found here.

Four East Great Falls, Michigan high school seniors -- Jim Levenstein (Jason Biggs), Chris 'Oz' Ostreicher (Chris Klein), Paul Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas), and Kevin Myers (Thomas Ian Nicholas) -- make a pact that, before they graduate from high school, they will all lose their virginity.

American Pie is based on a screenplay written by American screenwriter Adam Herz who based it on his own high school experiences in East Grand Rapids, Michigan. The popularity of the movie spawned three sequels -- American Pie 2 (2001), American Wedding (2003), and American Reunion (2012) -- and four direct-to-DVD spin-offs -- Band Camp (2005), The Naked Mile (2006), Beta House (2007), and American Pie Presents the Book of Love (2007).

'Bye Bye Miss American Pie...' is a folk song written and recorded by American folk rock singer-songwriter Don McLean in 1971 and 'borrowed' for the title of this movie. There are also references in the movie to pie, particularly apple pie, as when Jim asks what it feels like to get to third base with a girl, and Oz replies, 'Like warm apple pie.' Later in the movie, Jim's mother bakes him an apple pie with which he finds out for himself what it feels like.

When nothing momentous happens at the prom, the boys decide to go to Steve Stifler's (Seann William Scott) post-prom party at his parents' mansion on Lake Michigan. Kevin and Vicki (Tara Reid) find an empty bedroom where they consummate their relationship, after which Vicki breaks up with him because the distance between their two colleges, Ann Arbor and Ithaca, will be too great to keep up a relationship. Oz and Heather (Mena Suvari) decide to be boyfriend-girlfriend and spend the evening necking on the terrace and snuggling on the boat deck. Bored with the party, Finch wanders into the poolroom where he finds Stifler's mom (Jennifer Coolidge) nursing a scotch. While the song 'Mrs Robinson' plays in the background, Finch seduces her on the pool table. The next morning, Stifler walks into the pool room, sees his mom and Finch together, and promptly faints. Michelle (Alyson Hannigan) orders Jim to have sex with her, confessing that she knew about his webcam experience with Nadia (Shannon Elizabeth), the Czechoslovakian foreign exchange student. They find an empty bedroom that Michelle promptly tears apart with her wild love-making. The next morning, Jim awakens to find Michelle gone, replaced by a blow-up shark. Jim realizes that he's been used. 'Cool!' he exclaims. The next day, the boys meet at Dog Years to eat hotdogs, discuss their status, and toast to the next step-- going to college. In the final scene, Jim's dad (Eugene Levy) walks in on him dancing in front of the webcam while Nadia cheers him on. He quietly closes the door and goes dancing down the hallway, calling to his wife.

It's called "One Week" by Barenaked Ladies. It also plays at the start during Stifler's party.

Her name is given in the sequel as Jeanine Stifler.

The original MPAA-rating for the film was NC-17. This financially devastating rating had to be avoided for the theatrical release, therefore, some changes were necessary. These resulted in the use of alternate shots that are more harmless. The unrated cut of the movie later released on DVD and Blu-ray has all this material back in. A detailed comparison between both versions can be found here.


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