American Pie (film series)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

American Pie
American Pie (film franchise logo).png
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
1999–present
Running time
788 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$147 million[1]
Box office$989.5 million[1]

American Pie is a film series consisting of four sex comedy films. American Pie, the first film in the series, was released by Universal Pictures in 1999. The film became a worldwide pop culture phenomenon and gained a cult following among young people. Following American Pie, the second and third films in the series, American Pie 2 (2001) and American Wedding (2003), were released; the fourth, American Reunion, was released in 2012. A spin-off film series entitled American Pie Presents consists of five direct-to-video films that were released from 2005 to 2020.

Throughout the first film in the original series, Jim Levenstein (Jason Biggs) tries to develop a relationship with his school classmate Nadia (Shannon Elizabeth). Jim and three of his best friends, Kevin Myers (Thomas Ian Nicholas), Paul Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas), and Chris Ostreicher (Chris Klein), make a pact to lose their virginity before their high school graduation. Steve Stifler (Seann William Scott), the obnoxious jock of the group, provides them with unorthodox advice while hosting wild parties in the meantime. In the second film, the five boys host a summer party and Jim becomes interested in 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 group gets back together in anticipation of their 13th high school reunion. The spin-off series revolves around relatives of Stifler, including his brother Matt (Tad Hilgenbrink); his cousins Erik (John White), Dwight (Steve Talley), Scott (John Patrick Jordan), and Stephanie (Lizze Broadway); and their respective friends.

The original production produced on a total budget of US$145 million, has grossed nearly a 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.[2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9]

Cast[edit]

Principal cast[edit]

Character Original series Spin-off 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 American Pie Presents: Girls' Rules
1999 2001 2003 2012 2005 2006 2007 2009 2020
Noah Levenstein ("Jim's Dad") 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 ("Jim's Mom") Molly Cheek
Jeanine Stifler ("The MILF"; "Stifler's Mom") Jennifer Coolidge
John (aka MILF Guy #2) John Cho
Justin (aka MILF Guy #1) Justin Isfeld [fr]
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
Selena Dania Ramirez
Mia Katrina Bowden
Kara Ali Cobrin
AJ Chuck Hittinger
Ron Jay Harrington
Rachel Finch Rebecca De Mornay
(uncredited)
Elyse Houston Arielle Kebbel
Chloe Crystle Lightning
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
Mike "Cooze" Coozeman Jake Siegel
Jill Jaclyn A. Smith
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
Heidi Beth Behrs
Dana Melanie Papalia
Ashley Lawrence Jennifer Holland
Madeline Shearson Rosanna Arquette
Annie Watson   Madison Pettis
Stephanie Stifler   Lizze Broadway
Kayla   Piper Curda
Michelle   Natasha Behnam

Additional crew[edit]

Crew/detail Original series
American Pie American Pie 2 American Wedding American Reunion
1999 2001 2003 2012
Director(s) Paul Weitz
Chris Weitz
J. B. Rogers Jesse Dylan Jon Hurwitz
Hayden Schlossberg
Writer(s) Adam Herz
Producer(s) Chris Moore
Craig Perry
Chris Weitz
Warren Zide
Adam Herz
Paul Weitz
Chris Moore
Craig Perry
Chris Waitz
Warren Zide
Chris Bender
Adam Herz
Chris Moore
Craig Perry
Warren Zide
Composer David Lawrence Christophe Beck Lyle Workman
Cinematography Richard Crudo Mark Irwin Lloyd Ahern Daryn Okada
Editor Priscilla Nedd-Friendly Stuart Pappé
Larry Madaras
Stuart Pappé Jeff Betancourt
Production companies Summit Entertainment
Zide/Perry Productions
LivePlanet
Zide/Perry Productions
Relativity Media
Zide/Perry Productions
Distribution Universal Pictures
Runtime 95 minutes 110 minutes 96 minutes 113 minutes
Release date July 9, 1999 August 10, 2001 August 1, 2003 April 6, 2012

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

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 Czech 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.[10]

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.[11]

American Wedding (2003) begins with Jim proposing to Michelle. Finch, Kevin, and Stifler help the arranging of his marriage.[12]

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.[13]

The film series began with American Pie, released on July 9, 1999.[14] This was followed by three sequels: American Pie 2, released on August 10, 2001,[15] American Wedding, released on August 1, 2003,[16] and American Reunion, released on April 6, 2012.[13]

Future[edit]

A fifth theatrical film, under the working title American Pie 5, was in consideration in 2012, as the fourth film had done well internationally and Universal had secured a production deal with Hurwitz and Schlossberg.[17] 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.[18] In August 2018, Tara Reid said she met with the directors, with them saying that the fifth film will happen, and that filming could begin soon.[19] In March 2021, Reid further elaborated that both the script is written, and that “it’s one of the best ones” in the series.[20] A few months later, Jason Biggs denied the fact regarding script developments, but said that there were always ideas for a sequel, albeit having many obstacles.

Spin-off series[edit]

Additional crew[edit]

Crew/detail Films
American Pie Presents:
Band Camp
American Pie Presents:
The Naked Mile
American Pie Presents:
Beta House
American Pie Presents:
The Book of Love
American Pie Presents:
Girls' Rules
2005 2006 2007 2009 2020
Director Steve Rash Joe Nussbaum Andrew Waller John Putch Mike Elliott
Producer(s) Mike Elliott W. K. Border Mike Elliott Mike Elliott
Abbey Lessanu
Joseph P. Genier
Karen Gorodetzky
Writer(s) Brad Riddell Eric Lindsay David H. Steinberg Blayne Weaver
David H. Steinberg
Composer Robert Folk Jeff Cardoni David Lawrence Tim Jones
Cinematography Victor J. Kemper Eric Haase Gerald Packer Ross Berryman Damian Horan
Editor Danny Saphire Rod Dean
Andrew Somers
John Gilbert Maria Friesen
Charles Norris
Production company Rogue Pictures Rogue Pictures
Neo Art & Logic
Capital Arts Entertainment
Rogue Pictures
Neo Art & Logic
Capital Arts Entertainment Universal 1440 Entertainment
Distribution Universal Studios Home Entertainment Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Runtime 92 minutes 98 minutes 87 minutes 94 minutes 95 minutes
Release date December 26, 2005 (2005-12-26) December 19, 2006 (2006-12-19) December 26, 2007 (2007-12-26) December 22, 2009 (2009-12-22) October 6, 2020 (2020-10-06)

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

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 from 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.

American Pie Presents: Girls' Rules (2020) follows a group of four teenage girls who make a pact to get what they want before their prom and end up falling in love with the same guy.

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,[21] The Naked Mile, released on December 12, 2006,[22] Beta House, released on December 26, 2007,[23] The Book of Love, released on December 22, 2009,[24] and Girls' Rules, released on October 6, 2020.[25] All five spin-offs center around relatives of Steve Stifler, who include his brother Matt and his cousins Erik, Dwight, Scott and Stephanie Stifler.[26][27][28][29][30]

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.

Reception[edit]

Box office performance[edit]

Film Release date Box office gross Box office ranking Budget
(million)
Ref.
Opening weekend
(North America)
North America Other territories Worldwide All time
North America
All time
worldwide
American Pie July 9, 1999 $18.709.680 $102.561.004 $132.922.000 $235.483.004 #559 #475 $11.000.000 [31]
American Pie 2 August 10, 2001 $45.117.985 $145.103.595 $142.450.000 $287.553.595 #289 #366 $30.000.000 [32]
American Wedding August 1, 2003 $33.369.440 $104.565.114 $126.884.089 $231.449.203 #543 #484 $55.000.000 [33]
American Reunion April 6, 2012 $21.514.080 $57.011.521 $177.978.063 $234.989.584 #1248 #477 $50.000.000 [34]
Total $409.241.234 $580.234.152 $989.475.386 $146.000.000 [35]
Average $102.3 million $145.1 million $247.4 million $36.5 million

Critical and public response[edit]

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic CinemaScore
American Pie 61% (128 reviews)[2] 58 (30 reviews)[36] A−[37]
American Pie 2 52% (127 reviews)[3] 43 (28 reviews)[38] B+[37]
American Wedding 54% (155 reviews)[5] 43 (34 reviews)[39] B+[37]
American Reunion 45% (183 reviews)[4] 49 (34 reviews)[40] B+[37]

Home media[edit]

Box set containing all eight films from 1999 to 2012
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[41] October 25, 2005
American Pie Presents: The Naked Mile December 19, 2006 December 4, 2006[42] 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
American Pie Presents: Girls' Rules October 6, 2020

Blu-ray

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 February 11, 2020
American Pie Presents: The Naked Mile April 7, 2020
American Pie Presents: Beta House August 18, 2020
American Pie Presents: The Book of Love December 22, 2009

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "American Pie Franchise Box Office History - The Numbers". The Numbers.
  2. ^ a b "American Pie". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved November 6, 2019.
  3. ^ a b "American Pie 2". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved May 9, 2013.
  4. ^ a b "American Reunion". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved April 10, 2020.
  5. ^ a b "American Wedding". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved May 9, 2013.
  6. ^ "American Pie 5: The Naked Mile (2006)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved June 6, 2014.
  7. ^ "American Pie Presents: Beta House (2007)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved June 6, 2014.
  8. ^ "American Pie Presents - Band Camp (2005)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved June 6, 2014.
  9. ^ "American Pie Presents: Book of Love (2009)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved June 6, 2014.
  10. ^ American Pie (DVD). Universal Pictures. 1999.
  11. ^ American Pie 2 (DVD). Universal Pictures. 2001.
  12. ^ American Wedding (DVD). Universal Pictures. 2003.
  13. ^ a b "American Reunion (2012) Movie Info". Yahoo! Movies. April 6, 2012. Archived from the original on February 9, 2013. Retrieved June 19, 2020.
  14. ^ "American Pie (1999)". Yahoo! Movies. July 9, 1999. Archived from the original on July 13, 2012. Retrieved June 19, 2020.
  15. ^ "American Pie 2 (2001)". Yahoo! Movies. August 11, 2001. Archived from the original on July 13, 2012. Retrieved June 19, 2020.
  16. ^ "American Pie: The Wedding". Phase9.tv. Retrieved February 24, 2010.
  17. ^ Pamela McClintock (August 1, 2012). "Summer's Studio Smackdown: From 'Men in Black 3' to 'Prometheus,' Which Franchises Will Get Another Chapter". The Hollywood Reporter. prompted the studio to think about a fifth Pie
  18. ^ Thompson, Simon Y. (April 9, 2018). "Seann William Scott Talks 'Goon' Sequel, More 'American Pie' And 'Dude, Where's My Car?'". Forbes. Retrieved August 28, 2017.
  19. ^ "American Pie 5 May Shoot Soon According to Tara Reid". Movieweb. August 2, 2018.
  20. ^ Zach Seemayer (March 31, 2021). "Tara Reid Says 'American Pie 5' is Happening, With an 'Amazing' Script (Exclusive)". Entertainment Tonight. Retrieved March 8, 2022.
  21. ^ "American Pie Presents: Band Camp (2005) – Financial Information". The Numbers. Retrieved August 23, 2021.
  22. ^ "American Pie Presents: The Naked Mile (2006) – Financial Information". The Numbers. Retrieved August 23, 2021.
  23. ^ "American Pie Presents: Beta House (2007) – Financial Information". The Numbers. Retrieved August 23, 2021.
  24. ^ "American Pie Presents: The Book of Love (2009) – Financial Information". The Numbers. Retrieved August 23, 2021.
  25. ^ Bahr, Robyn (October 12, 2020). "'American Pie Presents: Girls' Rules': Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 23, 2021.
  26. ^ American Pie Presents: Band Camp (DVD). Universal Pictures. 2005.
  27. ^ American Pie Presents: The Naked Mile (DVD). Universal Pictures. 2006.
  28. ^ American Pie Presents: Beta House (DVD). Universal Pictures. 2007.
  29. ^ American Pie Presents: The Book of Love (DVD). Universal Pictures. 2009.
  30. ^ American Pie Presents: Girls' Rules (DVD). Universal Pictures. 2020.
  31. ^ "American Pie (1999)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  32. ^ "American Pie 2 (2001)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved February 21, 2015.
  33. ^ "American Wedding (2003)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved February 21, 2015.
  34. ^ "American Reunion (2012)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved February 21, 2015.
  35. ^ "American Pie Movies at the Box Office". Box Office Mojo. Archived from the original on March 2, 2015. Retrieved February 21, 2015.
  36. ^ "American Pie (1999): Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved June 20, 2012.
  37. ^ a b c d "Cinemascore". Archived from the original on July 22, 2018. Retrieved February 21, 2015.
  38. ^ "American Pie 2 (2001): Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved June 20, 2012.
  39. ^ "American Wedding (2003): Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved June 20, 2012.
  40. ^ "American Reunion (2012) : Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved June 20, 2012.
  41. ^ "American Pie Presents: Band Camp". October 31, 2005. Retrieved April 5, 2018 – via Amazon.
  42. ^ "American Pie Presents: the Naked Mile". December 4, 2006. Retrieved April 5, 2018 – via Amazon.

External links[edit]