American Pie (film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Paul Weitz
Chris Weitz (Uncredited)
|Produced by||Chris Weitz
|Written by||Adam Herz|
Thomas Ian Nicholas
Seann William Scott
Eddie Kaye Thomas
|Music by||David Lawrence|
|Editing by||Priscilla Nedd-Friendly|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures (US, UK, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand)
Summit Entertainment (International)
|Running time||95 minutes|
American Pie is a 1999 blue comedy film written by Adam Herz and directed by brothers Paul and Chris Weitz, in their directorial film debut. It is the first film in the American Pie theatrical series. The film was a box-office hit and spawned three direct sequels: American Pie 2 (2001), American Wedding (2003), and American Reunion (2012). The film concentrates on five boys (Jim, Kevin, Oz, Finch, and Stifler) who attend East Great Falls High. With the exception of Stifler (who has already lost his virginity), the other four make a pact to lose their virginity before their high school graduation. The title is borrowed from the folk song of the same name and refers to a scene in the film, in which the lead character is caught masturbating with a pie after being told that third base feels like "warm apple pie". It's also been stated by writer Adam Herz that the title also refers to the quest of losing your virginity in high school, which is as "American as apple pie."
The film's theme song is Laid by James, which is also the theme for the entire franchise.
In addition to the primary American Pie saga, there are currently four direct-to-DVD spin-off films bearing the title American Pie Presents: Band Camp (2005), The Naked Mile (2006), Beta House (2007), and The Book of Love (2009).
"American Pie" centers around four high school seniors from western Michigan who are good friends: Kevin Myers (Thomas Ian Nicholas), a confident student with a girlfriend named Vicky (Tara Reid); Chris "Oz" Ostreicher (Chris Klein), a member of the high school lacrosse team; Jim Levenstein (Jason Biggs), an awkward and sexually naïve character whose dad (Eugene Levy) attempts to offer sexual advice including purchasing and giving him pornography; and Paul Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas), a cappuccino-drinking sophisticate and a nerd. These four boys make a pact, at Kevin's prompting, to lose their virginity before their high school graduation after a dorky classmate, Chuck Sherman (Chris Owen), claims to have done so at a party hosted by Steve Stifler (Seann William Scott), an ignorant and obnoxious lacrosse player who happens to be a close friend of the four.
Vicky later accuses Kevin of being with her only for sex, so he must try to repair his relationship with her before the upcoming prom night, when the four plan to lose their virginity. He eventually succeeds. Oz, meanwhile, joins the jazz choir in an effort to lose his reputation as an insensitive jock and find a girlfriend there. He soon wins the attention of Heather (Mena Suvari), a girl in the choir. However, he runs into problems when Heather learns about Oz's reputation and breaks up with him, although he manages to regain most of her trust when he leaves the lacrosse championship to perform a duet with her in a choir competition.
Jim, meanwhile, attempts to pursue Nadia (Shannon Elizabeth), an exchange student from Slovakia who asks Jim for help to study for an upcoming English test. After being told by Oz that third base feels like "warm apple pie", he practices having sex with a pie, only to be caught by his father (who lets him keep it a secret from his mother). Stifler persuades him to set up a webcam in his room so that they can all watch his encounter with Nadia. The plan suffers a hiccup, though, when Nadia discovers Jim's pornography collection and sits half-naked on his bed to read and masturbates to it. Jim is persuaded to return to his room, where he joins Nadia, unaware that he accidentally sent the webcam link to everyone on the school list. Nadia's exchange family sees the video and sends her back home, now leaving Jim dateless for the upcoming prom and without hope of losing his virginity before high school is over.
In sheer desperation, Jim asks band camp geek Michelle Flaherty (Alyson Hannigan) to the senior prom as she is apparently the only girl at his school who did not see what happened. Finch, meanwhile, pays Vicky's friend, Jessica (Natasha Lyonne), $200 to spread rumors around the school of his sexual prowess, hoping that it will increase his chances of success. Unfortunately, he runs into trouble when Stifler, angry that a girl turned him down for the prom because she was waiting for Finch to ask her, puts a laxative into Finch's mochaccino. Finch, being paranoid about the lack of cleanliness in the school restrooms, and unable to go home to use the toilet as he usually does, is tricked by Stifler into using the girls' restroom. Afterward, he emerges humiliated before a crowd of fellow students and is also left dateless.
At the prom, things seems bleak for the four boys until Vicky asks the girl that Chuck Sherman claimed to have bedded about her "first time." She proclaims to everyone at the prom that she and Sherman did not have sex at Stifler's party, leaving Sherman embarrassed and making him wet himself. The revelation takes the pressure off of Jim, Kevin, Oz and Finch, and they head to the post-prom party at Stifler's house with new hope.
At the after-party, all four boys fulfill their pledges. Kevin and Vicky have sex in an upstairs bedroom. Vicky breaks up with Kevin afterwards on the grounds that they will drift apart when they go to college, with him attending the University of Michigan and her at Cornell University; he tries to persuade her otherwise but quickly realizes that the distance between the two schools will be too much of a burden. Oz confesses the pact to Heather, and renounces it, saying that just by them being together makes him a winner. They reconcile and wind up having sex. Oz, honoring his newfound sensitivity, never confesses to what they did.
Jim and Michelle have sex after he finds out that she is actually not as naïve as she let on and that she saw the "Nadia Incident" after all. She accepted his offer to be his date because of it, knowing he was a "sure thing," but she makes him wear two condoms to combat his earlier "problem" with Nadia. Jim is surprised at Michelle's aggressiveness in bed. In the morning he wakes up to find her gone and realizes that she had used him for a one-night stand, which Jim thinks is "cool."
Dateless, Finch strays downstairs to the basement recreation room where he meets Stifler's Mom (Jennifer Coolidge). She is aroused by his precociousness, and they have sex on the pool table, and Finch has his revenge on Stifler with his mom. The next morning, while Stifler searches for his mom, he finds her on the pool table with Finch, and is so shocked that he faints. The morning after the prom, Jim, Kevin, Oz, and Finch eat breakfast at their favorite restaurant – with the fittingly nostalgic name "Dog Years" – where they toast to "the next step."
The film ends with Nadia watching Jim stripping on his webcam. His father walks in (which Jim is completely oblivious to) but happily walks out and also starts dancing.
- Jason Biggs as James "Jim" Levenstein
- Chris Klein as Chris "Oz" Ostreicher
- Thomas Ian Nicholas as Kevin Myers
- 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 Dad
- Natasha Lyonne as Jessica
- Mena Suvari as Heather
- Jennifer Coolidge as Stifler's Mom
- Chris Owen as Chuck "Sherminator" Sherman
- Eric Lively as Albert
- Molly Cheek as Jim's Mom
- Lawrence Pressman as Coach Marshall
- Clyde Kusatsu as English teacher
- Justin Isfeld as Justin
- John Cho as John
- Sasha Barrese as Courtney
- Eli Marienthal as Matt Stifler
- James DeBello as Enthusiastic guy
- Tara Subkoff (uncredited) as College girl
- Chris Weitz (uncredited) as Male voice in porn film
- Tyler Love as the milky bar kid
- Blink-182 make a cameo appearance as the band watching Jim and Nadia during their webcast though drummer Travis is incorrectly credited as former Blink-182 drummer "Scott Raynor". Also, when their song "Mutt" is credited, Barker's name is misspelled as "Travis Barkor". The parts were given when Tom DeLonge's acting agent reported the film needed a band.
- Christina Milian appears as one of the band geeks.
- Casey Affleck as Tom Myers, Kevin's older brother.
- Stacy Fuson, Playmate of the Month for February 1999, appears in the crowd laughing at Finch when he exits the girls' restroom.
Awards and nominations
- 2000 – Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favourite Supporting Comedy Actor (Eugene Levy)
- 2000 – Bogey Awards: Bogey Awards in Platinum (Award given to movies which are viewed by five million people in the first 50 days after their release)
- 2000 – Casting Society of America: Artios Award for Best Casting for Feature Film
- 2000 – Csapnivalo Award: Golden Slate Award for Best Teen Movie
- 2000 – Young Hollywood Awards for Best Ensemble Cast, Best Soundtrack, Breakthrough Female Performance (Mena Suvari)
- 2000 – Golden Screen for Golden Screen Award and Golden Screen with 1 Star
- 2000 – American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture (Eugene Levy)
- 2000 – Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favourite Actor (Jason Biggs) and Favourite Actress (Mena Suvari)
- 2000 – CFCA Award for Best Promising Actor (Chris Klein)
- 2000 – MTV Movie Awards for Best Comedic Performance (Jason Biggs), Best Movie, Breakthrough Female Performance (Shannon Elizabeth), Breakthrough Male Performance (Jason Biggs)
- 2000 – Teen Choice Awards for Choice Actor (Jason Biggs), Choice Breakout Performance (Chris Klein), Choice Comedy, Choice Liar (Chris Klein), Choice Sleazebag (Seann William Scott)
Much of the film is based on the writer's days at East Grand Rapids High School in Michigan. In the film, the town is called "East Great Falls", and the high school sports the same school colors — blue and yellow — along with a similar mascot — the Trailblazers instead of the Pioneers. The restaurant hangout, "Dog Years", is based on Yesterdog, a popular hot dog restaurant in the nearby Eastown neighborhood of Grand Rapids. The "Central Chicks" and "Central" Lacrosse team that East Great Falls plays against is an amalgam of nearby Forest Hills Central High School and Grand Rapids Catholic Central High School.
The film was actually shot in Southern California, most notably in Long Beach using Long Beach Unified School District area high schools. Millikan High School, whose school colors are blue and gold, was used for exterior shots, and Long Beach Polytechnic High School was used for interior shots. Located in Los Cerritos, Long Beach, California, both schools are within five miles of the Virginia Country Club and Los Cerritos Neighborhood (where Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Donnie Darko were filmed).
|American Pie: Music from the Motion Picture|
|Soundtrack album by Various artists|
|Released||June 29, 1999|
|Various artists chronology|
|1.||"New Girl"||Third Eye Blind||2:16|
|2.||"You Wanted More"||Tonic||3:52|
|5.||"Super Down"||Super TransAtlantic||4:07|
|6.||"Find Your Way Back Home"||Dishwalla||4:04|
|7.||"Good Morning Baby"||Dan Wilson of Semisonic & Bic Runga||3:34|
|8.||"Stranger by the Day"||Shades Apart||4:02|
|9.||"Summertime"||Bachelor No. 1||3:46|
|12.||"Wishen"||The Loose Nuts||3:04|
|13.||"Man with the Hex"||The Atomic Fireballs||3:01|
The following songs were included in the film but were not featured on the soundtrack:
- Sex-o-rama Band – "Love Muscle"
- The Ventures – "Walk Don't Run"
- Barenaked Ladies – "One Week"
- The Brian Jonestown Massacre – "Going To Hell"
- Third Eye Blind – "Semi-Charmed Life"
- Oleander – "I Walk Alone"
- Hole – "Celebrity Skin"
- Everclear – "Everything to Everyone"
- Harvey Danger – "Flagpole Sitta"
- Duke Daniels – "Following a Star"
- Simon & Garfunkel – "Mrs. Robinson"
- Fatboy Slim – "The Rockafeller Skank"
- Libra Presents Taylor – "Anomaly (Calling Your Name)"
- Etta James – "At Last"
- James – "Laid"
- Loni Rose – "I Never thought you would come"
- Norah Jones – "The Long Day is Over"
- Marvin Gaye – "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)"
- Maria Muldaur – "Midnight at the Oasis"
- Simple Minds – "Don't You (Forget About Me)"
|This section requires expansion with: More reviews for a fuller run of all viewpoints. (July 2010)|
Despite insiders claiming it to be a potential sleeper hit, Universal Pictures sold off the foreign rights in an attempt to recoup its budget. American Pie was sold successfully to foreign distributors at the Cannes International Film Festival. The film took in a gross worldwide revenue of $235,483,004, $132,922,000 of which was from international tickets.
In home video rentals, the film has grossed $109,577,352 worldwide, with $56,408,552 of that coming from sales in the US.
The film received mixed to positive reviews from critics. Based on 122 reviews Rotten Tomatoes gives American Pie a score of 61 percent considered "Fresh". and a score of 58 ("mixed or average reviews") from Metacritic based on reviews from 30 critics. The more negative reviews include Stephen Holden of The New York Times felt American Pie was "one of the shallowest and the most prurient teen films." Robert Horton of Film.com wrote that American Pie "had a few amusing bits, however the audience should strongly note that the movie is really awful, and that it was not worthy of guilty pleasure status." Jim Sullivan of The Boston Globe wrote that American Pie is a "gross and tasteless high school romp with sentimental mush." Roger Ebert was more supportive, awarding it three out of four stars. He noted that "[i]t is not inspired, but it's cheerful and hard-working and sometimes funny, and—here's the important thing—it's not mean. Its characters are sort of sweet and lovable."
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