Main cast: Jason Biggs (Jim), Alyson Hannigan (Michelle), Chris Klein (Oz), Mena Suvari (Heather), Eddie Kaye Thomas (Finch), Thomas Ian Nicholas (Kevin), Tara Reid (Vicky), Seann William Scott (Steven “Steve” Stifler), Natasha Lyonne (Jessica), and Eugene Levy (Noah Levenstein)
Directors: Paul and Chris Weitz
Ladies and gentlemen, meet four losers eager to lose their virginity by graduation day. There’s an Adam Sandler-lookalike and your awkward boy next door Jim, whose sexual misadventures involves apple pies and a live internet peek-a-boo show (don’t ask). There’s Oz, the token jock who, inexplicably, can’t score. No wait, that’s explicably – he exudes the charms of a crocodile doing Madame Butterfly. There’s Finch, a socially awkward nerd. And rounding up the foursome is Kevin who can’t get his girlfriend Vicky to move past foreplay.
These four made a pact to do it by prom night. So Kevin studies a sex manual to break down Vicky’s defenses when all she wants is the three magic words. Oz joins the choir to tap the unmined riches, so to speak, and soon gets all starry eyed over Heather, his duet partner. Finch pays a girl to spread rumors about his sexual prowess and size. And Jim… well, there’s the apple pie.
Now, this movie is filled with disgusting gags. If There’s Something about Mary turned seminal fluids into hair gel, this one suggests a new use for it as an alcohol-additive. There’s a really cringe-inducing – and hysterical – misadventure of Jim and an exchange student and the internet.
Yet, for all its attempted sophisticated crudity – a paradox if there’s such thing – American Pie is disappointingly toothless. Apart for Jim Biggs who has to be saluted for doing all those humiliating scenes of caught-in-the-acts, the other elements of this movie ultimately boil down to standard Hollywood teen morality stuff: good girls are virginal, bad girls give out; jocks are all after the same thing, nerds win ultimately – and they are better in bed too! And the fact that after all the initial male macho bravado, the love bug has to bite them.
I can’t say I really like this movie, although I laughed out loud during Jim’s many misadventures. But you know what? I like the fact that this movie is, whether wittingly or not, not at all misogynist like it is touted to be. If anyone is made a fool, it’s the guys. The girls sit there, aloof, watching with a sneer on their lips as the guys do stupid things and humiliate themselves for just one little touch. I doubt the jocks this movie is aimed at would appreciate that.