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38 out of 60 people found the following review useful:
Pleasantly Surprised, 28 February 2006
Author: jasonklingensmith from United States
After hearing quite a few negative comments/remarks/reviews about this
film, I had somewhat lowered expectations.
Not to mention the fact that it was following what is undoubtedly the greatest comedy trilogy of our generation, and perhaps arguably any other. Attempting to follow the footsteps of any of the American Pie's is quite a task, let alone all three.
Anyway, I expected disappointment. This was in no way as good or as funny as American Pie 2 or American Wedding, nor was it as groundbreaking as American Pie. But, there were certainly a lot of laughs. I was impressed at the acting of the guy who played Stiffler's younger brother.
As someone who basically grew up with the American Pie movie series, I'll always enjoy those movies, and watch them with a sense of nostalgia, for I was in similar points in my life to all the characters at the times the moview were originally released. For that reason this movie actually made me feel old.
Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised by this movie, and am considering adding it to the collection. I'd say it's a solid 7-8 out of 10. Definitely worth watching, but not quite the caliber of the original three.
45 out of 74 people found the following review useful:
Not one real good laugh and it focuses too much on one character., 20 December 2005
Author: Boba_Fett1138 from Groningen, The Netherlands
The charm and the success of the previous 3 American Pie movies were
its characters. "American Pie: Band Camp" focuses mainly on just one
character, Matt Stiffler, the younger brother of Steve Stifler who we
all know from the previous 3 American Pie movies. Tad Hilgenbrink
really isn't bad as the new Stifmeister and he impersonates his older
'movie brother' pretty well and convincing but he however isn't given
exactly wonderful material to work with. It also is too hard and too
much for him to carry this entire movie on his own. The movie could had
surely used some better sidekicks and other characters to help and make
this movie a better one.
"American Pie: Band Camp" lacks some real good memorable moments and well executed jokes. There isn't ever really something hilarious or original happening in this below average straight to video teenage comedy. The story is too simple and it lacks some real depth and credibility. The movie also lacked some real good and fun witty dialog. It's a very flat movie with some simple and not always funny jokes and moments in it.
It's fairly good entertainment to watch but it lacks the characters and memorable jokes and moments from the previous 3 American Pie movies.
29 out of 44 people found the following review useful:
Surprisingly, not that bad, 13 February 2006
Author: mjw2305 from England
I have to admit, that i was expecting the forth edition to the American
Pie series, with its almost complete absence of original characters
(Except for Jim's Dad and the Sherminator) to be dreadful. Thankfully
its actually pretty good, Tad Hilgenbrinck (Matt Stifler) pulls off an
incredible performance as the Stifmeister's younger brother; its like
Steve Stiflers back (really he's that good)
Matt Stifler is assigned to band camp, as punishment (revenge) by the Sherminator and that's where the trouble starts, more antic's involving instruments, cameras and Jim's dad follow and with plenty of laughs 'American Pie presents Band Camp' comes out with at least some credibility as a part of the American Pie Series.
Missable, but worth a look 6/10
45 out of 77 people found the following review useful:
If you liked the others, you'll enjoy this slice!, 30 December 2005
Author: toadfan from United States
I must say I like all the American Pie movies, but without the original cast I was a bit skeptical. This movie has all the crude humor and laughs that the others had. I enjoyed the character of Matt Stifler although I think they could have gone even farther with the making of the videos. Overall a very good teen flick that anyone can enjoy. I liked this better than most comedies lately and I hope that Matt and Elyse can return in "American Family" since Michelle was pregnant in this one. I think that would be a great way to end the series. I'm hoping that people give this movie a chance and realize that although the Stifler character is over the top, the movie does send a message. It's a funny and sometimes disgusting way to do so but definitely a worthy one indeed.
23 out of 37 people found the following review useful:
Matt Stifler learns that his older brother's footsteps aren't where he wants to tread., 29 August 2005
Author: endlessocean from LA
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
I have not seen all the AP films, so I just enjoyed this for what it
was - quickly paced, light and fun. There is some real talent in this
young cast and the sequence with the clarinet (?) or oboe - not sure -
was hurt-yourself-laughing funny. The cast weren't all just blonds, and
there was a story line with a multi-pierced tattooed girl which was a
nice break in the stereotypes of what is "hot." The tight script and
even handed directing elevates what could have been unbearable to a
well - made enjoyably watchable film which had me in tears with some of
the silly, but smart, set-ups.
I am surprised this is not coming out as a summer release. It was refreshing to see a light comedy about sex versus love.
62 out of 115 people found the following review useful:
Different, but good in its own way, 1 November 2005
Author: willdavidson from Australia
After watching the previous 3 American Pie movies, i was eagerly
awaiting the next installment...and as usual i was expecting the
pointless storyline, heaps of laughs and a reasonable detachment from
To my surprise, this movie is nothing like its forefathers, but to my delight it gave a new chapter to the American Pie meaning. Detached as it was, they still managed to round up a few of the old stars, even though they only had small roles.
Personally i thought Arielle Kebbel was absolutely amazing, and quite strangely i found that this movie had (in my eyes) a much deeper storyline than the others, and in the end pushed out some meaningful stuff.
So after watching it 8 times in a row, i decided that it indeed failed my expectations of an American Pie movie, but greatly exceeded my movie enjoyment expectations.
All in all this is a great movie, where you become more attached to the characters and even in its differences they still manage to get a few laughs in, a as usual a few nude scenes.
23 out of 38 people found the following review useful:
Stiffler's little bro finds his heart at band camp, 29 August 2005
Author: LibbetsCasey from United States
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Heaps of dirty jokes, hidden video, and more breasts than a KFC-catered frat house? You betcha. What you'll see if you watch it, though, is that under the boobies this movie has a whole lot of heart. There's real character development, a touching love story, and for the giggling teen in all of us, many, many unapproved uses for musical instruments. Add a hilarious cameo from original Pie cast-member Eugene Levy, and you've got that rare movie your beer buddies and your girlfriend might actually be able to agree on. What had this sensitive young woman getting the "aw that's so sweet" sniffles? The only bathroom stall masturbation scene you'll ever see that's more "Aaaaaw" than "Eeeeew". Play it again, Stiffmeister.
7 out of 7 people found the following review useful:
...and this one time, at Band Camp, none of the original stars showed up...., 11 September 2006
Author: Rob Taylor (Rob_Taylor) from London
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Well, very nearly....
Jim's Dad (Eugene Levy) makes an appearance as does the Sherminator, but they are far from the main stars. At the same time, they also, by simple virtue of their connection to the earlier movies, outshine the newcomers.
Not that any of the new cast are lousy but, and this is a big but, none of them stamp their authority on the franchise either.
Now, franchises are categorised by two things, continuing situations and continuing cast members. The situations here are not unfamiliar, but most of the cast is. This leaves you, at least at first, trying to figure out the character dynamics. Fortunately, its not hard, since little imagination has gone into this "effort".
Stiffler magically acquires a younger brother, that forms the main character of the film. To be fair, Tad Hilgenbrink does a pretty good Stiffler impression, but that's where the problem lies. He is so much like The Stiffler, that its difficult not to look at the situations and dialogue and think...this story was written for Sean William Scott.
Overall, the film is a sub-par rehash of the kind of comedy that made American Pie good. The fact that none of the major stars of the original are onboard again just kind of makes me think that it wasn't good enough. Maybe this was a script too far. Of course, the original actors are all too old to convincingly play the characters they once were. But as American Wedding showed, the franchise can evolve beyond the school years, given a sufficient driving force.
Anyway, Band Camp is easily the weakest of the Pie films to date and will do absolutely nothing to keep the franchise going. And perhaps, if this clumsy rehash of ideas is anything to go by, its a franchise that should be allowed to fade away.
8 out of 9 people found the following review useful:
Actually, pretty decent movie... in an indecent sort of way, 26 July 2008
Author: siderite from Romania
It's not some great masterpiece of cinematography, of course, but the
actors are acting well, the script , even it is as cliché as they get,
it well written and the lead character makes a great Stifler act. I
mean, I even wondered if the actor playing the original Stifler's
brother is his actual brother!
Short story shorter: phony bad guy finds love and decides to come out of the closet and show the world his inner beauty. Lots of American Pie type jokes, but better than what I had expected and it was perfect for a sleepless night with nothing else to watch.
Bottom line: comparable in quality with the first American Pie.
20 out of 36 people found the following review useful:
The Sherminator's back!!! Behaviour modification required!, 26 February 2006
The best part of this whole movie is seeing The Sherminator again! He's now a guidance counsellor at High School and he is the one who sentences poor old Matt Stifler to summer camp! Apart from the Sherminator, Jim's dad is the only other original cast member to make a reappearance but he is really funny in it and the jokes are really well orchestrated. It doesn't work all of the time, but what teen sex comedy does? The point is it at least works half the time, with one in two jokes actually being funny and that is more than you can expect from this kind of movie. Nowhere newar up to the standard of American Pie 1 or 2, but easily an improvement on American Wedding!
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