Directed by Chris Weitz and Paul Weitz.
Written by Adam Herz.
Starring Jason Biggs, Seann William Scott and Eugene Levy.
Release Year: 1999
Review Date: 7/16/99
Sorry about the lag time here, but I went to
Buffalo for a couple of days to hang out with the folks. Also, as a
brief FYI, I have actually found someone willing to employ my
diverse research skills--Freddie Mac, a firm based in McLean, VA
that does almost the exact same thing as Fannie Mae, one of the
other big Fortune 50s in the area. So, I'm excited to be going back
Anyway, I've been excited about this flick
for a couple of months, and on most fronts, "American Pie" delivers
the goods. The story concerns four friends during their last month
of high school who make a pact to get laid by the end of the school
year by whatever means necessary. You know, that whole sexual
coming-of-age idea. Most of the movie takes place in the days
leading up to senior prom as the guys find interesting ways to score
themselves dates (and, ultimately, sex) for the last dance.
I loved all four of the lead characters,
quite possibly because of the fact that a couple of them reminded me
of guys I knew during my high school years. All are very
believable, but it is clear that Jim (Jason Biggs) is given the most
to do, from the opening tube sock scene to stripteases to learning
about apple pie. Especially good is the Stifler character, mostly
because every high school in America has a jock as "cool" and as
tasteless as him. When Oz breaks into sensitivity mode, Stifler's
reactions are hilarious.
“Hummer of Doom” Prenoveau mentioned to me
that the style of humor swayed towards the "There's Something About
Mary" raunch level, and I can't argue with that one. There are a
couple of scenes that are just wrong, but they are few and far
between and not nearly as bad as the now-infamous "hair gel" scene
from "TSAM" last year. Of course, you may change your mind after
watching one of the characters stroking some pie. But, while a lot
of these jokes are aimed at the high school set, the reminiscing
that people our age ("our" being 22 and up) can do is pretty high
and that's what did it for me...from the MILF jokes early on to the
locker room banter to not wanting to use the high school bathrooms
to someone yelling during the prom band's performance "You suck!",
there's plenty to look back on, especially if you're a guy.
Which brings up an important point: will
girls like this movie? Like "Swingers", yes, they will, but they
won't love it like guys will. What keeps this movie from the
coveted Opening Weekend status is inserting things like Oz's romance
with a girl in the school choir, which feels weird because this guy
is the best player on the lacrosse team and during the team's final
game, he just feels the need to go sing a duet with this girl,
because suddenly, it is what matters most to him!! Sap factor:
DEFCON 2!! Regardless, this movie is taken mostly from the male
perspective, so males will get the most from it.
Overall, a solid performance that so far is
the year's funniest movie for me. Perfect running time, hot
women...and of course, "Say my name, bitch!!"
Rating: $7.50 Show
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Bellview Rating System:
"Opening Weekend": This is
the highest rating a movie can receive. Reserved for movies that
exhibit the highest level of acting, plot, character development,
setting...or Salma Hayek. Not necessarily in that order.
"$X.XX Show": This price
changes each year due to the inflation of movie prices; currently,
it is the $9.50 Show. While not technically perfect, this is a
movie that will still entertain you at a very high level.
"Undercover Brother" falls into this category; it's no "Casablanca",
but you'll have a great time watching. The $9.50 Show won't win any
Oscars, but you'll be quoting lines from the thing for ages (see
"Matinee": An average movie
that merits no more than a $6.50 viewing at your local theater.
Seeing it for less than $9.50 will make you feel a lot better about
yourself. A movie like "Blue Crush" fits this category; you leave
the theater saying "That wasn't too bad...man, did you see that
Lakers game last night?"
"Rental": This rating
indicates a movie that you see in the previews and say to your
friend, "I'll be sure to miss that one." Mostly forgettable, you
couldn't lose too much by going to Hollywood Video and paying $3 to
watch it with your sig other, but you would only do that if the
video store was out of copies of "Ronin." If you can, see this
movie for free. This is what your TV Guide would give "one and a
"Hard Vice": This rating is
the bottom of the barrel. A movie that only six other human beings
have witnessed, this is the worst movie I have ever seen. A Shannon
Tweed "thriller," it is so bad as to be funny during almost every
one of its 84 minutes, and includes the worst ending ever put into a
movie. Marginally worse than "Cabin Boy", "The Avengers" or
"Leonard, Part 6", this rating means that you should avoid this
movie at all costs, or no costs, EVEN IF YOU CAN SEE IT FOR FREE!
(Warning: strong profanity will be used in all reviews of "Hard