American Pie

July 9th, 1999

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American Pie

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Four teenage boys enter a pact to lose their virginity by prom night.

Release Year: 1999

Rating: 6.9/10 (150,148 voted)

Critic's Score: 58/100

Director: Paul Weitz

Stars: Jason Biggs, Chris Klein, Thomas Ian Nicholas

Jim, Oz, Finch and Kevin are four friends who make a pact that before they graduate they will all lose their virginity. The hard job now is how to reach that goal by prom night. Whilst Oz begins singing to grab attention and Kevin tries to persuade his girlfriend, Finch tries any easy route of spreading rumors and Jim fails miserably. Whether it is being caught on top of a pie or on the Internet, Jim always end up with his trusty sex advice from his father. Will they achieve their goal of getting laid by prom night? or will they learn something much different.

Jason Biggs - Jim Levenstein
Chris Klein - Chris 'Oz' Ostreicher
Thomas Ian Nicholas - Kevin Myers
Alyson Hannigan - Michelle Flaherty
Shannon Elizabeth - Nadia
Tara Reid - Victoria 'Vicky' Lathum
Eddie Kaye Thomas - Paul Finch
Seann William Scott - Steve Stifler (as Seann W. Scott)
Eugene Levy - Jim's Dad
Natasha Lyonne - Jessica
Mena Suvari - Heather
Jennifer Coolidge - Stifler's Mom
Chris Owen - Chuck Sherman
Eric Lively - Albert
Molly Cheek - Jim's Mom

Taglines: Come again!

Release Date: 9 July 1999

Filming Locations: 402 S. Myrtle, Monrovia, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $18,709,680 (USA) (11 July 1999) (2508 Screens)

Gross: $235,483,004 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Alyson Hannigan went to her callback audition really having to pee. She ran to the bathroom and her name was called right after she got out. She went in without having calmed down so she read the part really quirky and with an over amount of energy. She credits that to her getting the part.

Audio/visual unsynchronized: As Stifler is walking through the party, the visual of both his slapping of a girl's butt and his snapping his fingers do not match up to the audio.

Steve Stifler: [at choir practice] What did you cocks do to him?
Chris "Oz" Ostreicher: You came to see me in action?
Jim: Yeah man, I thought you sounded really good!
Steve Stifler: Yeah man, I think you need your balls reattached!

User Review

Another reason that the summer of '99 is the Season of Comedy

Rating: 8/10

I laughed so hard I spit out half the bucket-o-pop I was drinking, and finally had to stop sipping from its fine nectar, because so many times I was hooting and bending over in joy.

There are some slower moments to let you catch your breath and allow for moments of sincerity, but only for a minute. The scenes in the previews (the ones you think will ruin the movie for you) are expounded on ten-fold, so there are plenty of surprises.

During the movie I kept saying, "This is me and my friends when we were in high school!" They were almost the same conversations about life, sex and girls; just not as frequently, but it's only a two-hour film. Any guy will appreciate American Pie full tilt, and girls will realize just what hoops guys jump through in order to get their attention, let alone in their pants.

What added to American Pie is that I liked every character, because the filmmakers didn't feel the urge to give us prototypical teen characters. Their personalities are distinctive, and their situations are all different, which leads to a hilarious finale where we see just how their pact plays out on prom night.

As I mentioned before, there are genuine moments on the screen where the guys and gals have revelations of sincerity. It adds a needed depth to a film like this, where it's not just raw, raunchy comedy, but important to the lives of the characters who know more than sex is at stake. Which is another reason to like Pie, there are several slices, and sexual conquest is only one of them.

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