American Pie (film series)
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Box office||$1 billion (theatrical films)|
American Pie is a film series, consisting of eight sex comedy films. The first film in the series was released in 1999, by Universal Pictures, and became a worldwide pop culture phenomenon, and gained a cult following amongst young people. The second and third films were released at two-year intervals, whereas the fourth film was released in 2012. A spin-off film series titled American Pie Presents, which includes four direct-to-video films was released from 2005 to 2009.
Throughout the first film in the original series, Jim Levenstein (Jason Biggs) tries to develop a relationship with his school classmate Nadia (Shannon Elizabeth), and along with his best friends Kevin Myers (Thomas Ian Nicholas), Paul Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas), and Chris Ostreicher (Chris Klein), attempts to lose his virginity. In the second film, with Finch's frenemy Steve Stifler (Seann William Scott), the friends host a summer party and Jim switches his interest to his friend, Michelle Flaherty (Alyson Hannigan). In the third film, Jim and Michelle plan to marry, although the forced invitation of Stifler could ruin everything. In the fourth film, the gang gets back together in anticipation for their thirteenth high school reunion. The spin-off series later revolves around relatives of Stifler, including his brother, Matt (Tad Hilgenbrink), and cousins Erik (John White), Dwight (Steve Talley), Scott (John Patrick Jordan), and their respective friends attempting similar activities.
The original series, produced on a total budget of US$145 million, has grossed $1 billion worldwide. The spin-off films were released direct-to-video. The original series has received mixed reviews from critics, while the spin-off series has received negative reviews from critics.
|American Pie||American Pie 2||American Wedding||American Reunion|
|Director(s)||Chris and Paul Weitz||J. B. Rogers||Jesse Dylan||Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg|
|Producer(s)||Chris Moore, Craig Perry, Chris Weitz and Warren Zide||Chris Bender, Adam Herz, Chris Moore, Craig Perry, Chris Waitz, Paul Weitz and Warren Zide||Chris Moore, Craig Perry, Adam Herz, and Warren Zide|
|Composer||David Lawrence||Christophe Beck||Lyle Workman|
|Cinematography||Richard Crudo||Mark Irwin||Lloyd Ahern||Daryn Okada|
|Editor||Priscilla Nedd-Friendly||Larry Madaras and Stuart Pappé||Stuart Pappé||Jeff Betancourt|
|Production companies||Zide/Perry Productions and Summit Entertainment||Zide/Perry Productions and LivePlanet||Zide/Perry Productions and Relativity Media|
|Runtime||95 minutes||110 minutes||96 minutes||113 minutes|
|Release date||July 9, 1999||August 10, 2001||August 1, 2003||April 6, 2012|
In the original American Pie (1999), Jim Levenstein and his friends Kevin Myers, Paul Finch, and Chris Ostreicher attempt to lose their virginity before their high school graduation. Jim pursues Slovakian exchange student Nadia, but his attempts fail after he ejaculates prematurely twice during foreplay, and instead pursues band geek Michelle, asking her to the prom. At Stifler's prom after-party, Jim has a one-night stand with Michelle, and the rest of the friends lose their virginity as well.
In American Pie 2 (2001), Jim and his friends organize a party at a summer beach house in Grand Harbor reuniting the high school gang. Nadia returns, and Jim asks Michelle to help him finally have sex with her. Jim ends up realizing he is in love with Michelle (whose feelings are mutual), and goes to a recital where she is performing to reveal this to her.
In the years that have passed since American Wedding, the most recent installment American Reunion (2012) shows Jim and Michelle married with a child, and Kevin has gotten married himself, whereas Oz and Heather grew apart, Finch still has not found love (not counting Stifler's mom), and Stifler has not come to terms with the fact that his teenage years are long gone. Now these lifelong friends have come home as adults for their thirteenth high school class reunion, to reminisce about – and get inspired by – the hormonal teens they once were.
The film series began with American Pie, released on July 9, 1999. This was followed by three sequels: American Pie 2, released on August 10, 2001, American Wedding, released on August 1, 2003, and American Reunion, released on April 6, 2012.
A fifth theatrical film, under the working title American Pie 5 was announced on August 4, 2012, with Hurwitz and Schlossberg returning as directors and screenwriters. In May 2015, Tara Reid revealed that there have been "talks" about a fifth theatrical movie, possibly set in Las Vegas. In August 2017, Seann William Scott said in an interview that the fourth film probably had not made enough at the domestic box office to warrant another film.
The Naked Mile
|American Pie: |
The Book of Love
|Director||Steve Rash||Joe Nussbaum||Andrew Waller||John Putch|
|Producer(s)||Mike Elliott||W. K. Border||Mike Elliot|
|Writer(s)||Brad Riddell||Eric Lindsay||David H. Steinberg|
|Composer||Robert Folk||Jeff Cardoni||David Lawrence|
|Cinematography||Victor J. Kemper||Eric Haase||Gerald Packer||Ross Berryman|
|Editor||Danny Saphire||Rod Dean
|Production company||Rogue Pictures||Neo Art & Logic
Capital Arts Entertainment
|Neo Art & Logic
|Capital Arts Entertainment|
|Distribution||Universal Pictures||Universal Studios Home Entertainment||Universal Pictures||Universal Studios|
|Runtime||92 minutes||98 minutes||87 minutes||94 minutes|
American Pie Presents: Band Camp (2005) follows Stifler's younger brother Matt Stifler (Tad Hilgenbrink), who is forced to attend band camp for the summer. While there, he realizes he must change his arrogant ways in order to win over Elyse.
American Pie Presents: The Naked Mile (2006) follows Erik Stifler (John White), the only Stifler to possibly graduate from high school a virgin. After a failed attempt at sex with his girlfriend Tracy (Jessy Schram), she gives Erik a free pass to go to the University of Michigan, where his cousin Dwight (Steve Talley) attends, to lose his virginity. In the process, Erik's loyalty is put to the test.
American Pie Presents: Beta House (2007) continues a year after The Naked Mile. Erik has now graduated high school, has lost his girlfriend to her previous boyfriend, and is starting college. He must complete a series of tasks before he can join Dwight's fraternity and also begins a new relationship with Ashley Thomas (Meghan Heffern), a girl he met in the co-ed bathrooms in their dorm.
American Pie Presents: The Book of Love (2009) takes place ten years after American Pie. Set in East Great Falls, a fire in the school's library results in the destruction of the Book of Love (the "Bible" from the first film). With the help of the book's creator, Mr. Levenstein, the people who started the fire set out to restore the book and lose their virginity.
More than six years after the release of the original American Pie, the franchise continued with a direct-to-video spin-off Presents series; consisting of Band Camp, released on December 26, 2005, The Naked Mile, released on December 12, 2006, Beta House, released on December 27, 2007, and The Book of Love, released on December 22, 2009. All four spin-offs center around relatives of Steve Stifler, which include his brother Matt, and his cousins Erik, Dwight and Scott Stifler.
Several films set in the American Pie continuity were released. The films featured mostly new characters. Aside from the raunchy humor, the common elements among the American Pie Presents films are the continued presence of Jim's Dad and members of the Stifler clan. Other than Jim's Dad, the only other returning characters are Matt Stifler, who takes center stage for the first spin-off, albeit played by a new actor, and Chuck Sherman, who is the guidance counselor for East Great Falls High School in the first spin-off.
|Character||Original series||Presents series|
|American Pie||American Pie 2||American Wedding||American Reunion||American Pie Presents: Band Camp||American Pie Presents: The Naked Mile||American Pie Presents: Beta House||American Pie Presents: The Book of Love|
|Noah Levenstein||Eugene Levy|
|James "Jim" Levenstein||Jason Biggs|
|Michelle Levenstein (née Flaherty)||Alyson Hannigan|
|Steve Stifler||Seann William Scott|
|Kevin Myers||Thomas Ian Nicholas|
|Paul Finch||Eddie Kaye Thomas|
|Mrs. Levenstein||Molly Cheek|
|Jeanine Stifler||Jennifer Coolidge|
|John (aka MILF Guy #2)||John Cho|
|Justin (aka MILF Guy #1)||Justin Isfeld|
|Chuck Sherman||Chris Owen||Chris Owen|
|Chris "Oz" Ostreicher||Chris Klein||Chris Klein|
|Heather||Mena Suvari||Mena Suvari|
|Victoria "Vicky" Lathum||Tara Reid||Tara Reid|
|Jessica||Natasha Lyonne||Natasha Lyonne|
|Nadia||Shannon Elizabeth||Shannon Elizabeth|
|Matt Stifler||Eli Marienthal||Tad Hilgenbrink|
|Tom Myers||Casey Affleck|
|Cadence Flaherty||January Jones|
|Harold Flaherty||Fred Willard|
|Mary Flaherty||Deborah Rush|
|Rachel Finch||Rebecca De Mornay
|Elyse Houston||Arielle Kebbel|
|James "Jimmy" Chong||Jun Hee Lee|
|Ernie Kaplowitz||Jason Earles|
|Oscar||Omar Benson Miller|
|Erik Stifler||John White|
|Dwight Stifler||Steve Talley|
|Harry Stifler||Christopher McDonald|
|Tracy Sterling||Jessy Schram|
|Ashley Thomas||Meghan Heffern|
|Rob Shearson||Bug Hall|
|Scott Stifler||John Patrick Jordan|
|Nathan Jenkyll||Kevin M. Horton|
|Marshall "Lube" Lubetsky||Brandon Hardesty|
|Ashley Lawrence||Jennifer Holland|
|Madeline Shearson||Rosanna Arquette|
Box office performance
|Film||Release date||Box office gross||Box office ranking||Budget
|North America||Other territories||Worldwide||All time
|All time |
|American Pie||July 9, 1999||$18,709,680||$102,561,004||$132,922,000||$235,483,004||#559||#475||$11|||
|American Pie 2||August 10, 2001||$45,117,985||$145,103,595||$142,450,000||$287,553,595||#289||#366||$30|||
|American Wedding||August 1, 2003||$33,369,440||$104,565,114||$126,884,089||$231,449,203||#543||#484||$55|||
|American Reunion||April 6, 2012||$21,514,080||$57,011,521||$177,978,063||$234,989,584||#1248||#477||$50|||
|Average||$102.3 million||$145.1 million||$247.4 million|
Critical and public reaction
|American Pie||61% (125 reviews)||58 (30 reviews)||A-|
|American Pie 2||52% (127 reviews)||43 (28 reviews)||B+|
|American Wedding||54% (155 reviews)||43 (34 reviews)||B+|
|American Reunion||45% (180 reviews)||49 (34 reviews)||B+|
|DVD name||Region 1||Region 2||Region 4|
|American Pie||December 21, 1999||N/A||October 4, 2006|
|American Pie 2||January 15, 2002||N/A||May 17, 2006|
|American Wedding||January 2, 2004||March 19, 2012||January 19, 2004|
|American Reunion||July 10, 2012||September 10, 2012||August 22, 2012|
|American Pie Presents: Band Camp||December 26, 2005||October 31, 2005||October 25, 2005|
|American Pie Presents: The Naked Mile||December 19, 2006||December 4, 2006||December 29, 2006|
|American Pie Presents: Beta House||December 26, 2007||March 19, 2012||December 31, 2007|
|American Pie Presents: The Book of Love||December 22, 2009||March 19, 2012||December 31, 2009|
|Blu-Ray name||Region 1 A||Region 2 B||Region 4 B|
|American Pie||March 13, 2012||March 19, 2012||May 4, 2012|
|American Pie 2||March 13, 2012||March 19, 2012||May 4, 2012|
|American Wedding||March 13, 2012||March 19, 2012||May 4, 2012|
|American Reunion||July 10, 2012||September 10, 2012||August 22, 2012|
|American Pie Presents: Band Camp||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|American Pie Presents: The Naked Mile||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|American Pie Presents: Beta House||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|American Pie Presents: The Book of Love||December 22, 2009||N/A||N/A|
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