starring Jason Briggs, Shannon Elizabeth, Alyson Hannigan, Chris Klein, Mena Suvari, Seann W. Scott, Tara Reid, Natasha Lyonne and Eugene Levy
written by Adam Herz
direcred by Paul Weitz
This movie is a load of crappy-crap-crap. It was a much-talked-about coming of agemovie, but if you do not like, or do not have a high tolerance for retarded teenage sex humor then don’t’ waste your time.
Eugene Levy, a veteran comic actor, is the best thing going for American Pie.
A small group of graduating high school boys vow to lose their virginity by the graduation prom night. The film follows their efforts to line up dates that they think they can “score” with.
When I was a teenager I thought I was having a good time. I was a good student. I read a lot, talked about current events, politics, religion philosophy, etc. - the usual things, I thought - over the dinner table with my family. I studied a lot and didn’t pay much attention on girls. Or, on my long-distance future either, for that matter. Now as an adult watching these teenage movies (made by other adults) I cannot imagine what the movie makers - script writers, directors, actors, et. al. - are doing. Their portrayal of the adolescent experience of life, and of high school has little relation to my experience of it (or to my memory of my experience of it). This increases my already solid suspicions of and antipathy towards adults who pretend to know what children are like. I hate people like that - most professional educators, psychologists, a lot of parents, columnists, clergy, physicians, and more. Any adult who opens their mouth and pretends to speak authoritatively about what children are like, or to expound on their propositions for a better life. Blah!
Nevertheless, like all adults, I do fondly remember high school. I had a good time. I had good friends, and I absolutely never, ever want to go back. If high school life really was like how it is portrayed in American Pie, people would kill to avoid going back, and I wouldn’t blame them.
American Pie 2 is out on video now, as well. I have no intention of seeing it. But I know already that it follows the same group of boys into university. It is probably still replete with retarded sex humor.