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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.

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Paul Weitz, Chris Weitz (uncredited)

Writer:

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

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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Trivia

Seann William Scott's feature film debut. See more »

Goofs

Although Czechoslovakia (where Jim says Nadia is from) ceased to exist as a country in 1993, Americans sometimes use the name in discussing Czechy or Slovakia, the two countries it split into. See more »

Quotes

Steve Stifler: I'll see you guys tonight, in the "No Fucking Section", right?
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Crazy Credits

Travis Barker is credited as Scott Raynor. See more »

Alternate Versions

Version aired on the FX cable network in 2003 remains surprisingly intact. While the words 'fuck' and 'shit', along with all nudity are cut, all refrences to oral sex, masturbation, and orgasm are kept. Phrases such as 'bust my balls', 'flute in my pussy' and Tara Reid screaming 'I'm coming' during orgasm are the same as theatrical release. See more »

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Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Comedy Movies: 1990s (2014) See more »

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Turn It Around
Written by Marc Dauer and Jay Schwartz
Performed by Five Easy Pieces
Courtesy of MCA Records
under License from Universal Music Special Markets
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My cup of tea. Not everybody's - but certainly mine.
26 September 1999 | by Chris-564See all my reviews

I had the good fortune to see a sneak preview of this film in England, a couple of weeks before release - and I was very impressed indeed. Hurrah - a comedy that is laugh-out-loud funny, enough to make you cringe at the embarrassing bits (of which there are many), and smile at the sentiment, which isn't corny in the slightest. This coming-of-age tale of four boys who make a pact to become men by losing their virginity by prom night is the perfect movie to go the cinema with your buddies to see, but probably not with your family. Having said that, I saw a family (son, mother, father and grandmother) coming out of the cinema, and they had a great time. The grandmother couldn't stop laughing, and saying how true it all was. Which is interesting, if a little embarrassing.

Part of the success of this movie is due to the fact that we've all had to contemplate how we feel about sex, and losing your virginity is something which (no matter how fraught with peril it is) bonds us all because it is a very frightening experience. It's also a topic which has so much comic potential, and I'm glad that cast and crew don't throw any of the opportunities away. Here's the thing: if you're going to make a movie that is probably going to offend a few people no matter what you do, and is a very near-the-knuckle affair, why stop at only half-gags? Go the whole hog, push the boat out, thrust it in their faces. And that's what "American Pie" does.

The performances are all great, if a little clichéd (are all you Americans really either:

a) jocks

b) geeks

c) sweet, loveable square-jawed heroes/long haired, intelligent heroines? ...gosh, I hope so, that would be so funny for us Brits to watch). There is yet another high school prom (jealousy sets in once more - see "Never Been Kissed"), which causes much consternation for all concerned. There are marvellous scenes between concerned father and embarrassed child, quite the highlight of the movie. I'll be interested to see how the careers of all of the stars fare after this film. I wish them all well, but I find it hard to see them all thriving outside a high-school environment (which is good, because it indicates that they all play their roles with a great deal of endearing believability).

It'll certainly give you something to talk about with your mates, and it'll make you think about things, too. It'll make you check what's in your beer, it'll make you think about apple pie, and it'll make you think more about your relationships. All of which is good stuff. The soundtrack is good (although doesn't contain any Don McLean), the lighting is also very good in places, the direction adequate, the editing fine, the . But at the end of the day, this is the kid's movie, and they make an excellent job of an excellent script and situation, so fair play to them. This movie deserves to succeed, and I hope it receives a good welcome from us Brits, who should enjoy it a lot. (Incidentally, this film got a fifteen rating, which I think is about right for it - eighteen would be too prohibitive (after all, isn't this film aimed at people aged fifteen?)). Take a piece of advice, though - if you are embarrassed easily, don't watch it with members of your family. But do watch it.


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Country:

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Language:

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Release Date:

9 July 1999 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,709,680, 11 July 1999

Gross USA:

$102,561,004

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$235,483,004
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