American Pie Review
By Christopher Null
This is certainly the year for comedy, with South Park, Austin Powers 2, and now American Pie making the last month alone nothing short of a gut buster.
With all the sophistication of Porky's 2, American Pie is a teen sex comedy (and was originally titled as such) that leaves taste and sophistication at the door and goes straight for the comedic jugular. The highest-of-concepts plot is simple: Four high school virgins vow to lose their virginity by the end of school, and the prom is only three weeks away. Plots and schemes are hatched out the yin-yang.
What these guys will do for sex is... well, is what any guy will do for sex, of course. But these guys are really funny about it. Antics include paying off a girl to spread rumors of one's endowment. A secret book of advanced technique. Joining the choir to meet chicks. Hooking up a net-cam to catch the exchange student undressing. And of course, a practice session with the titular pie.
American Pieisn't so shocking as South Park, which has mercilessly stolen its thunder, but it's got moments of such sheer hilarity you can't help but feel drained (from laughter) after leaving this pic. Sure, it isn't going to appeal to everyone, but if you've grown tired of the histrionics on shows like Dawson's Creek, this movie is a breath of fresh air.
Take it from me; I left the theater hungry. So to speak.
Hannigan (red head seen) demonstrates her tricks with a flute.
Facts and Figures
In Theaters: Friday 9th July 1999
Box Office Worldwide: $235.5M
Distributed by: Universal Pictures
Production compaines: Universal Pictures, Newmarket Capital Group
Rotten Tomatoes: 61%
Fresh: 75 Rotten: 48
Cast & Crew
Starring: Jason Biggs as Jim Levenstein, Chris Klein as Chris 'Oz' Ostreicher, Thomas Ian Nicholas as Kevin Meyers, Alyson Hannigan as Michelle Flaherty, Shannon Elizabeth as Nadia, Tara Reid as Victoria 'Vicky' Lathum, Eddie Kaye Thomas as Paul Finch, Seann William Scott as Steve Stifler, Eugene Levy as Jim's Father, Natasha Lyonne as Jessica, Mena Suvari as Heather, Jennifer Coolidge as Stifler's Mom, Chris Owen as Chuck Sherman, Eric Lively as Albert, Molly Cheek as Jim's Mother, John Cho as John, Justin Isfeld as Justin, Eli Marienthal as Matt Stifler, Casey Affleck as Tom Myers