American Pie Presents: Beta House

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American Pie Presents: Beta House
American Pie 6.jpg
Home media release cover
Directed by Andrew Waller
Produced by W. K. Border, Byron A. Martin
Written by Erik Lindsay
Based on characters 
by Adam Herz
Starring John White
Steve Talley
Jake Siegel
Meghan Heffern
Tyrone Savage
Eugene Levy
Christopher McDonald
Jordan Prentice
Music by Jeff Cardoni
Cinematography Gerald Packer
Edited by Rod Dean
Andrew Somers
Production
  company
Neo Art & Logic
Rogue Pictures
Universal Pictures
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s) December 26, 2007
Running time 85 minutes
Country Canada
United States
Language English
Budget $10 million[1]
Box office $18,552,332[2]

American Pie Presents: Beta House is a 2007 American teen comedy film released by Universal Pictures. It is the third spin-off to American Pie film series franchise and a sequel to the second spin-off, American Pie Presents: The Naked Mile (2006). John White stars as Erik Stifler, a college freshman who pledges the Beta House fraternity led by his cousin, Dwight Stifler (Steve Talley). Christopher McDonald co-stars as Erik's father and Eugene Levy plays Beta House alumnus Noah Levenstein.

Universal commissioned the film after positive commercial reaction to The Naked Mile. Erik Lindsay and W.K. Border, the writer and producer, respectively, as well as four of the five principal cast members from the preceding film returned. Principal photography took place for seven to eight weeks from June 4, 2007 in Toronto, Canada.

American Pie Presents: Beta House was released direct-to-DVD internationally on December 10, 2007 and in the United States on December 26, 2007. The film was a moderate financial success, generating US$18.55 million in United States sales. It received generally negative reviews from film critics.

Plot[edit]

Erik Stifler and Mike "Cooze" Coozeman arrive at the University of Michigan as freshmen. Upon arriving at his dorm, Erik meets a girl named Ashley while she is taking a shower in the coed bathrooms. He then meets his new roommate Bobby and his girlfriend Margie while they're having sex. Erik eventually reunites with his cousin, Dwight Stifler, the leader of the Beta House fraternity, who invites Erik, Cooze, and Bobby to a Beta House party. They learn how they can gain eligibility to pledge for the Beta House and meet Wesley, the rush chair of the Beta House who experiences blackouts after drinking alcohol. Erik and Ashley begin dating, but on their first date at a restaurant, Erik accidentally spills hot soup on his legs, so Ashley brings him to her room to clean up. As Ashley rubs lotion on Erik's thigh, he develops an erection and accidentally ejaculates over her possessions. Erik apologizes and explains to Ashley that his girlfriend Tracy broke up with him, and he has not had sex in four months.

Meanwhile, Cooze falls in love with Ashley's roommate Denise, however, she is nervous to show him her genitalia and have sex with him, so she instead gives Cooze a handjob. After talking with Erik, Bobby, and Dwight about Denise, Cooze develops suspicions that Denise might have a penis, so Dwight encourages Cooze to find out. Alongside two other pledges, Erik, Cooze, and Bobby complete fifty tasks to pledge the Beta House, including getting their posteriors signed by a stripper, having sex with a professor, marrying a male friend in Canada, and placing a live ostrich in the Geek House. After they complete their final task, Edgar, the president of the Geek House, challenges the Beta House to the Greek Olympiad. Beta House alumni Noah Levenstein returns to campus to officiate the competition. The first competition is won by Beta House as Dwight and Edgar compete in removing girls' bras. Geek House win the next two competitions: a light saber duel and catching a greased pig.

Beta House win the fourth and fifth competitions: a Russian roulette challenge between Dwight and Edgar with aged horse semen, and a drinking competition won by Wesley. Dwight learns from Rock that Edgar previously had sex with a sheep, so Beta House uses his wool fetish against him in the final striptease challenge with Margie wearing a sheep costume, resulting in the Geek House losing the Greek Olympiad. The Beta House host a toga party, while Erik comes up with the idea of a new pledge task for the Beta House: having sex in a movie theater, and he does so with Ashley. Meanwhile, Cooze and Denise finally sleep together, and Cooze discovers that Denise was actually hiding the fact the she ejaculates during sex, much to his excitement. The following morning, Wesley wakes up after a blackout and discovers that he had sex with the Geek House bodybuilder. In a post-credits scene, Edgar instructs a stripper at Silver Dollar to dance with the headpiece of the sheep costume.

Cast[edit]

  • John White as Will Smith, a freshman pledging the Beta House
  • Steve Talley as Ashton Kutcher, the pledge master and leader of the Beta House
  • Jake Siegel as Bill Murray, Erik's friend and a freshman pledging the Beta House alongside Erik and Bobby
  • Meghan Heffern as Barney, Erik's love interest
  • Tyrone Savage as Jedi, the leader of the Geek House and the film's antagonist
  • Sarah Powers as Tyrese Gibson, Cooze's love interest
  • Nick "Nic Nac" Nicotera as Bob the builder, Erik's roommate and a freshman pledging the Beta House alongside Erik and Cooze
  • Eugene Levy as Noah from the Notebook, Beta House alumni and the officiator of the Greek Olympiad
  • Christopher McDonald as Mr. Stifler (im not gonna edit this), Erik's father
  • Christine Barger as NHP, Bobby's girlfriend
  • Dan Petronijevic as Brad Pitt, a member of the Beta House and Dwight's friend
  • Jonathan Keltz as Wesley from Wanted, a member and the rush chair of the Beta House
  • Bradford Anderson as Jake Sully, a handicapped member of the Geek House
  • Vasenth Saranga as an Indian member of the Geek House
  • Robbie Amell as Nick Jonas, a freshman pledging the Beta House
  • Jordan Prentice as The Rock is cooking! Dwight's rival from the previous film

Production[edit]

American Pie Presents: The Naked Mile, the second spin-off to the American Pie film series, was a commercial success, and Universal Pictures prepared for a sequel. The Naked Mile's writer, Erik Lindsay, pitched the film by saying "Look, we're not going to top Animal House of course, but it's been 25 years. I was in a fraternity for six years. Let's just make a straight pledging movie."[3] Universal gave Lindsay the green light to write Beta House, and also hired Andrew Waller and The Naked Mile's producer, W. K. Border, as the film's director and producer, respectively.[4] The film's screenplay was based on characters by Adam Herz and on aspects of Lindsay's own life.[5][6] Lindsay felt that Universal being unworried to make the film similar to Animal House provided "more opportunities to keep the story organic," which he found the challenge of writing a sequel.[3]

The film features the same principal cast as The Naked Mile minus Jessy Schram;[7] John White, Steve Talley, Christopher McDonald and Eugene Levy reprised their roles from the preceding film, with Levy returning to play Noah Levenstein for the sixth time in the series.[8] Craig Kornblau, the president of Universal Studios Home Entertainment, said "we think he [Levy] is crucial to this franchise because his character represents the heart of the movie."[1] Jake Siegel, Jaclyn A. Smith, Dan Petronijevic, and Jordan Prentice also reprised their roles from The Naked Mile.[8]

Principal photography began on June 4, 2007 and lasted about "seven [to] eight weeks."[9][10] Filming took place at the University of Toronto, Pinewood Toronto Studios and at the Brass Rail strip club in Toronto.[5][11][12] Neo Art & Logic, Rogue Pictures and Universal Pictures produced the film on a budget of less than $10 million.[1] The film was intended to be the center of a trilogy beginning with The Naked Mile and although talks for a concluding sequel were made, no such film has yet materalised.[5][7]

Release[edit]

American Pie Presents: Beta House was released direct-to-DVD internationally on December 10, 2007 and in the United States on December 26, 2007. It was marketed with the tagline "the most outrageous slice of pie!"[8] The film was released in two single-disc DVD editions. The R-rated edition included no special features, while the unrated edition included a commentary track, behind-the-scenes clips, deleted scenes and storylines, a fake public service announcement, featurettes, outtakes, a mock in-character interview with Noah Levenstein, music videos by God Made Me Funky, and a 30 Rock episode.[13] Through its first four weeks the DVD sold over 534,000 copies in the United States, generating $12.25 million in sales.[2] Universal Pictures expected to sell more than a million units;[1] sales have since totaled over 898,000 units in the United States, with $18.55 million in revenue.[2]

The film received generally negative reviews from film critics. LaRue Cook of Entertainment Weekly graded the film with a "D" and wrote, "what was once a fresh slice of teen comedy has become a slab of stale crudeness."[14] Scott Weinberg of Moviefone, in his negative review, found the film "slightly more amusing to sit through than the two previous entries", in particular praising the Star Trek sexual roleplay scene as "extremely effective."[15] DVD Talk's Jeffrey Robinson writes that "if anything, it will bore you and leave you wondering why you wasted an hour and a half of your life."[13] Writing in JoBlo.com, Adam Quigley poked fun at the film's themes, declaring that "if there's a lesson to be taken from these films, it's that women are objects, and should always be treated as such".[16] IGN's Hock Teh gave the film 5/10, writing that it "stays very close to the American Pie formula," while criticizing the story as "devoid of anything remotely semi-compelling or even noteworthy."[17] Peter Hammond of Maxim describes American Pie Presents: Beta House as "loaded with sex, laughs and raunchy fun," writing that it "may be the most outrageous slice of pie yet!"[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Barnes, Brooks (28 January 2008). "Direct-to-DVD Releases Shed Their Loser Label". The New York Times. Retrieved 28 September 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c "American Pie Presents: Beta House – DVD Sales". The Numbers. Retrieved 28 September 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Topel, Fred. "Interview with Erik Lindsay from American Pie Presents: Beta House". About.com. Retrieved 4 November 2011. 
  4. ^ Vukcevic, Filip. "Set Visit: American Pie Presents: Beta House -- Part One - Page 1". IGN. Retrieved 5 November 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c Vukcevic, Filip. "Set Visit: American Pie Presents: Beta House -- Part Two - Page 1". IGN. Retrieved 24 August 2008. 
  6. ^ "Lindsay's Movies Pay Off Partying Debts". World Entertainment News Network. 3 January 2008. Retrieved 4 November 2011. 
  7. ^ a b Topel, Fred. "Interview with John White from American Pie Presents: Beta House". About.com. Retrieved 3 November 2011. 
  8. ^ a b c American Pie Presents: Beta House (DVD) (Standard ed.). Universal Pictures. 10 December 2007. 
  9. ^ "From Universal Studios Home Entertainment- American Pie Presents: Beta House Begins Principal Photography in Toronto". PR Newswire. Retrieved 5 November 2011. 
  10. ^ Vukcevic, Filip. "Set Visit: American Pie Presents: Beta House -- Part Two - Page 2". IGN. Retrieved 3 November 2011. 
  11. ^ a b American Pie Presents: Beta House (DVD) (Unrated ed.). Universal Pictures. 10 December 2007. 
  12. ^ Spence, Rebecca (12 April 2011). "From Universal Studios Home Entertainment- American Pie Presents: Beta House Begins Principal Photography in Toronto". National Post. Retrieved 5 November 2011. 
  13. ^ a b Robinson, Jeffrey (12 January 2008). "American Pie Presents: Beta House". DVD Talk. Retrieved 3 November 2011. 
  14. ^ Cook, LaRue (4 January 2008). "American Pie Presents: Beta House". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on 20 September 2008. Retrieved 24 August 2008. 
  15. ^ Weinberg, Scott (17 December 2007). "DVD Review: American Pie Presents Beta House". Moviefone. Retrieved 24 August 2008. 
  16. ^ Quigley, Adam. "American Pie Presents: Beta House DVD review by The Digital Dorm". Joblo.com. Retrieved 3 November 2011. 
  17. ^ Teh, Hock (30 December 2007). "American Pie Presents: Beta House (Unrated) DVD Review". IGN. Retrieved 3 November 2011. 

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