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(1999)

Trivia

The URL for the webcam broadcast that Jim emails (from jim@eastgreatfalls.edu) to his friends is http://128.220.27.192/temp/NadiaVision. (The IP address actually belongs to the Department of Psychology of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD.)
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When submitting his script to studios, screenwriter Adam Herz titled it, "Untitled Teenage Sex Comedy That Can Be Made For Under $10 Million That Most Readers Will Probably Hate But I Think You Will Love". It was later changed to "East Great Falls High", then "Great Falls", and finally, "American Pie".
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To replicate an erection in one scene, the crew cooked a sausage, stuck it on a pencil, and wrapped it in aluminum foil. It was still warm when it was placed between Jason Biggs' legs.
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Alyson Hannigan went to her callback audition really having to pee. She ran to the bathroom and her name was called right after she got out. She went in without having calmed down so she read the part really quirky and with an over amount of energy. She credits that to her getting the part.
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Seann William Scott's feature film debut.
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It took four tries for this film to get an R-rating instead of an NC-17.
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The producers admit in the DVD Commentary that the Arabian Nights prom theme was intentionally chosen "to be the absolute lamest prom theme ever."
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When Jim was running down the road to get to his house, Jason Biggs got heatstroke. They had to pack his shirt with ice to cool him down while he was running. Afterwards, they rushed him to a doctor. In another incident, while at home Jason Biggs also took too many Zinc supplements and became ill, so Jim was completely written out of the scene where Kevin and Finch are talking to each other while Finch is playing golf.
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Alyson Hannigan was initially offered the role of Heather, but after reading the script she asked to play Michelle instead.
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Seann William Scott was paid $8,000 for this role as Steve Stifler, his first role in a feature-length film.
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The "pale ale" Stifler drinks is actually beer with egg whites in it.
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Eugene Levy was told he could improvise much of the dialogue for his character, including the part when flipping through the pornographic magazines with Jim, forcing a noticeably muffled laugh from Jason Biggs with the "giant orgy" line.
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Shortly after appearing nude in this film, Shannon Elizabeth went on to do a Playboy spread. After that, she decided to quit appearing nude in films, out of fear of being typecast. She later called her Playboy appearance "one of [her] biggest regrets".
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Mena Suvari did her own singing.
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Members of the California punk band Blink 182 are shown during the Internet broadcast scene. Their song "Mutt" is playing in the background.
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In Denmark the movie was rated "A", which stands for "Alle", which in English means "everybody".
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At 26, John Cho was the oldest male cast member to portray a teenager, while Alyson Hannigan and Shannon Elizabeth, both 24, were the oldest women playing teen characters.
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The official website referred to Jim's Dad as Eugene, named after Eugene Levy himself. However, his name was revealed to be Noah in later installments.
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Was, alongside South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999), one of two explicit films released on the summer of 1999, with the highest number of reports of underage fans engaging in unsuccessful attempts to gain entrance and watch the film in theaters.
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Chris Klein and Seann William Scott did not know how to play lacrosse prior to shooting. As a result, they practiced the sport for three weeks before just letting doubles handle the sport scenes.
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Jason Biggs had to do the sex scene himself because his body double showed up with an eight-inch-long scar across his stomach and was subsequently fired because of it.
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Adam Herz's High School (and the one upon which he based East Great Falls High) was East Grand Rapids High. Yesterdog is the real name of the hot-dog "hang-out spot" for many of the real-life students.
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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.
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The apple pie is from Costco.
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When Eugene Levy auditioned for this film, its title was "East Great Falls High" and he was already shooting an independent film titled "American Pie". The indie had to change its name to The Secret Life of Girls (1999).
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Contrary to popular belief, American Pie (1999) didn't actually invent the term "MILF". A 1995 Usenet post initially used the acronym, pre-dating the movie by four years. However, the film is largely credited as being the one to significantly popularize the term.
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"The Bible" is located under the Dewey decimal system section marked "Fluid Dynamics".
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In Mexico, this was the first movie to be rated B15 (for 15 or over), the certificate that now comes in between the B (for 12 or over) and C (for 18 or over) ratings.
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The song playing when Finch is running to the bathroom is "Walk, Don't Run", by The Ventures.
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Travis Barker (Garage Band Member) was originally mis-credited as Scott Raynor, former Blink 182 band member.
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Screenwriter Adam Herz wrote the original screenplay in just six weeks. For research, he watched Porky's (1981) and Bachelor Party (1984) repeatedly to study the comedy in those high school movies which were, similarly, sex-obsessed.
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During production, and even after filming wrapped, the picture was to be called "East Great Falls High" . This title was announced in several trade publications and magazines, but Universal wanted a snappier title, and came up with "American Pie" a few months before the planned release.
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The script featured a scene, never filmed, in which Jim's younger brother walks in on him in a sexual act.
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Thomas Ian Nicholas canceled his audition when he read the first scene in the screenplay.
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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.
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Alyson Hannigan stayed in character after shooting her scenes, as she would annoyed herself by continuing to talk off-camera, like her quirky character Michelle, by ending sentences with a superfluous question mark.
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The exterior shots of the high school were filmed at Millikan High School in Long Beach, California while the interior shots were of Long Beach Poly High School.
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Eliza Dushku was considered for a role in this film.
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In the original script, Paul Finch's name was Paul French, and Stifler's first name was Ryan, not Steve.
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John Cho is credited twice during the closing credits; first as one of the Milf Guys, and then as a member of the Vocal Jazz Group.
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Even though it is never said during the final cut of the film Oz's middle name is Dieter according to the original script.
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Both John Cho and Mena Suvari appeared in American Beauty (1999) in the same year.
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The song playing when Jim is about to have sex with Nadia is, Anomaly (Calling Your Name) by Libra presents Taylor.
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In the sequence where you see all the boys working on their skills to get a woman Chris Klein is watching the women's network and has a YM magazine on his lap with Katie Holmes on the cover. Klein and Holmes dated for five years and were engaged for two of them.
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The working title was "Untitled Teenage Sex Project".
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At 20:17 Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas) makes a reference to The Rose Bowl, which is in Pasadena. Much of this movie was filmed in Pasadena.
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The outside school scenes were shot at Millikan High School, located in Long Beach, CA.
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Both Tara Reid (Victoria "Vicky" Lathum) and Eddie Kaye Thomas (Paul Finch) attended the Professional Children's School, in Manhattan, New York.
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The only film in the franchise to be released during the second millennium.
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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

The line, "Say my name, bitch," from the scene between Jason and Michelle was ad-libbed on the spot by Alyson Hannigan. The director and producer found it so amusing that it was kept in the final cut.
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