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American Pie (1999)

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

Directors:

Paul Weitz, Chris Weitz (uncredited)

Writer:

Adam Herz
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Biggs ... Jim Levenstein
Jennifer Coolidge ... Stifler's Mom
Shannon Elizabeth ... Nadia
Alyson Hannigan ... Michelle Flaherty
Chris Klein ... Chris 'Oz' Ostreicher
Clyde Kusatsu ... English Teacher
Eugene Levy ... Jim's Dad
Natasha Lyonne ... Jessica
Thomas Ian Nicholas ... Kevin Myers
Chris Owen ... Chuck Sherman
Lawrence Pressman ... Coach Marshall
Tara Reid ... Victoria 'Vicky' Lathum
Seann William Scott ... Steve Stifler (as Seann W. Scott)
Mena Suvari ... Heather
Eddie Kaye Thomas ... Paul Finch
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Storyline

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 ends 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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Genres:

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 July 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

East Great Falls High See more »

Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,709,680, 11 July 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$102,561,004

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$132,922,000
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The part when Jessica and Vicky are reading the Spanish work and Jessica says, "Is this right, "go away, you stupid bird teacher, I had enough" was an inside joke from writer Adam Herz when he was in high school. See more »

Goofs

The QuickCam has been glued at a 45-degree rotated angle in its base, as evidenced by the visible tripod mounting bracket normally hidden down in the base; however, it still produces rightside-up images. See more »

Quotes

Jessica: What you need to do is learn how to press a girl's buttons. You have to give her what she's never had.
Kevin: What's that?
Jessica: Let me give you a hint. "Ohh, Kev!" "Uhh." "Yeah!" Comprende?
Kevin: You mean an orgasm.
Jessica: You got it, stud!
Kevin: Well, you know, I'm-l'm pretty sure that I've - given her a...
Jessica: No, you haven't.
Kevin: Well, there was one time...
Jessica: No!
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Crazy Credits

Travis Barker is credited as Scott Raynor. See more »

Alternate Versions

Unrated Special Edition DVD & LD contain some extra scenes from the theatrical release to avoid a NC-17 rating:
  • A slightly different version of Jim humping the pie. The theatrical release included Jim's father catching him with the pie while standing near the counter in the kitchen. The unrated version shows Jim's father catching him laying on top of the pie on the bar in the kitchen.
  • Kevin ejaculating into the cup happens onscreen in the unrated version, whereas it happens off-screen in the R-rated version.
  • An extra, more explicit shot of Kevin and the cup of beer. In the unrated version, the cup with semen in it is clear. In the R-rated version, the cup is opaque.
  • More graphic pages from "The Sex Bible".
  • More moaning from Vicki while Kevin puts the Bible to use.
  • Approximately 5 more seconds of Nadia pleasuring herself on Jim's bed.
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Soundtracks

One Week
Written by Ed Robertson
Performed by Barenaked Ladies
Courtesy of Reprise Records
by Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Astoundingly good-natured sex comedy
14 July 1999 | by Jaime N. ChristleySee 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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