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American Pie Movie Review
By Sara B., Grade 12, Fredericton High, Fredericton, NB

"American Pie" was the most anticipated teen comedy for the year 1999. With familiar faces from other teen movies, and the disgustingly funny movie trailers seen on TV, "American Pie" was for sure going to be a full blown hit.

"American Pie" is your typical teenage sex driven comedy, where the motto throughout is "get laid on prom night". The movie was filled with sexual adventures by your average high school boys that went terribly wrong. The story focuses on the efforts of four virgins who are determined to lose their virginity before graduating from high school.

Jim, the main character, is played by Jason Biggs. He is an accident prone guy who can mess up any opportunity he gets to hook up with a girl. He gets caught numerous times in compromising situations by his father, played by Eugene Levy. Oz (Chris Klein) is what every teen movie has, the "dumb jock" who tries his scoring ability with a member of the opposite sex. But only one small problem there, she is in the choir, which leads him to find his sensitive side to get her attention. Kevin (Thomas Ian Nicholas) is the only one of the group who maintains a steady girlfriend, Vicky (Tara Reid), but he canít seem to get their relationship to reach third base. And then there was Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas), the quiet and what seems to be mature one of the group, but yet he cannot bring himself to use the washrooms at school.

Before this hit movie of 1999, the teen movie scene was very fairytale like and sugar coated, not giving into what really happens in teenage boysí minds. Although they may have gone a little over the top as to what happens in high school life, the film does get itís point across. "American Pie" gets down and dirty right from the opening scene in which Jim is caught by his father, involving a tube sock and some scrambled television channels. With numerous gross comedy scenes and blunt conversations about sex, no wonder it was compared to "Thereís Something About Mary". "American Pie" certainly delivers everything a teen could ask for and keep talking about, with scenes like the "beer scene", the "homemade apple pie scene", the extracurricular activities of a high school band geek (Alison Hannigan), the foreign exchange student on the Internet, and the laxative in the coffee, just to name a few.

Even though I laughed the majority of the time during this movie, I felt the director did not make the right choice in scene placement. Sure there would be some hilarious parts but right after that, there would be complete silence waiting for the next comedic act. The plot in between the sex jokes and raunchiness, was just not as funny as everything else. It didn't really tie together.

Besides that fact I really enjoyed this movie, it was funny and a little over the top, but who doesnít need that every once in a while? I think it brought teenage sex wonders to a new extreme.


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