I don't get it. The American Pie spinoffs are made for next to nothing, they get abysmal reception from fans of the original trilogy, but the legacy continues with more helpings of spoiled, unwanted pie. The sad thing is that actor Eugene Levy returns to these messes, when all he is doing is locking himself out of more respected work. It's a lose-lose for fans and Levy himself.
Here we have American Pie Presents: The Naked Mile, the latest shallow sequel to the franchise. The plot is unappealing, much like the title of the film, featuring Erik Stifler (White), a cousin of Steve from the original films, is about to enter College a virgin. Being a "Stifler", that's a big deal. His girlfriend, Tracy (Schram), is nervous about having sex, as all the women are in this franchise. Frustrated with failure, following a recent incident, Erik is given a "guilt-free pass" from Tracy meaning he can go with his buddies to his cousin's college to partake in "The Naked Mile Run," join his cousin Dwight Stifler (Talley) and do anything sexual with any girl he wants.
The Naked Mile fails at a lot of things, mainly characterization and humor. What it truly fails at explaining why the original Pie films were so good. They featured likable, respectable characters who actually learned something from their actions at the end of their films. They were the equivalent of a sitcom bunch, whose faces you never got tired of seeing. American Pie Presents: The Naked Mile thinks the whole thing is one big joke.
All hope, wit, and any attempt at real fun was lost the second the title came into play. Using the word "naked" is a shameless attempt to market skin, and that's exactly what you get in The Naked Mile. Quite possibly more of it than any of the previous installments. It's gratuitous, ugly, and a very demeaning marketing approach by the writer and director.
Idiocy reigns high in The Naked Mile, and that's no surprise. It's a poorly crafted work of direct-to-DVD shlock that seems to recycle characters from "The Movie Store" bargain bin, and stamps recognizable names on them to give us the false representation that we are watching a true American Pie film. The setups are labored, the jokes drab to the point of desperation, the skin redundant and utterly trying, and the characters unlikable and nihilistic. It surely amuses its target audiences who, technically, can't even see the film.
Starring: Steve Talley, John White, Jessy Schram, Eugene Levy, Ross Thomas, and Angel Lewis. Directed by: Joe Nussbaum.
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