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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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Taglines:

Boy gets girl. Boy loses girl. Boy gets pie. See more »

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:

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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 scene in which Finch's scooter breaks down in front of Dog Years hot dog shop was unplanned. Director's Paul Weitz and Chris Weitz thought the scene was funny so they decided to leave it in the final cut of the film. See more »

Goofs

When Nadia is taking off her clothes in Jim's room there is no door on her left side, and bed is too close to window. It's probably moved in front of the door. See more »

Quotes

Nadia: So uh, "shaved" is the expression?
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Crazy Credits

Travis Barker is credited as Scott Raynor. See more »

Alternate Versions

Some versions shown by Sky Television in the UK contain different and extra scenes including:
  • The scene in which Oz turns up for the Music Recital, there is a scene which is changed, where Albert asks "D-Does this mean I'm not gonna get to do the duet?" and a choir buddy says "Albert you suck". Then they cut to a long shot of Oz and Heather kissing. In other versions Oz says "Albert, you suck..." and it cuts straight to the next scene.
  • Stifler mentions to the Lacrosse team after Oz has run off, "Guys, I don't think he's coming back...", in other versions this scene is cut completely.
  • Extra shots when Oz runs from the Lacrosse game, and asks a person for directions.
  • After Vicky telling Kevin that she wants to have sex, extra scenes are included, including Vicky dancing in the mirror and Kevin looking in the mirror while putting condoms in his jacket pocket.
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Seann William Scott/Sum41 (2001) See more »

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Summertime
Written by Scot Sax
Performed by Bachelor Number One
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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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