Director : Paul Weitz
With : Jason Biggs, Natasha Lyonne, Eugene Levy, Tara Reid
After 82 years worth of films the likelihood of a movie about teenagers preparing to lose their virginity stands a very small chance of being original. After a slew of classics such as “Porky’s,” “Losin’ It,” “My Tutor” and “Revenge of the Nerds,” what more can American B-cinema actually have to say about bumbling adolescents and their pursuit of the Holy Grail? Like surprise classics “Kingpin” and “Rushmore,” there is always room to elaborate on such issues as the state of high school band members, masturbation, and the awkward first purchase of rubbers.
In the end the film works primarily because of the incredible no-name cast (excepting Natasha Lyonne and Eugene Levy) who really make you feel like you’re watching a bunch of normal high school students rather some spoiled silly child actors. The plot goes like this, with a month left until the prom four buddies make a pact to do whatever is necessary to have sex on the big night. With a sharp eye for classic stereotypes, and fantastic dialogue to fill their mouths with, a sibling production team sets the table for some good old-fashioned fun.
As funny as I thought “American Pie” managed to be, it is also pretty easy to throw stones. For example some of the jokes are awkwardly forced archaic novelties that flopped right before your eyes on screen. The use of “M.I.L.F,” an acronym for “Mom I’d Like to Fuck,” to describe one of the character’s mothers is stated and then translated, leaving this kind of “if you had to tell me why it was funny, it stands no chance of being funny” kinds of silences. You could also make the argument that the primary guys in the movies just aren’t believable as virgins. They seem both too old and too normal not to have had sex by the time they are about to graduate from high school.
But why throw stones really. This isn’t a Mike Leigh or John Sayles film, nor is it even a John Hughes teen epic, this is a low budget comedy about horny teens. It’s funny, it’s got a great cast and flows along perfectly for what it is. I’d even see it again- on video.