THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT YOUR FIRST PIECE.
If anyone over the age of 16 feels this box office hit is too silly to enjoy, I can understand that; after all, the filmmakers look like they find Porky’s (1981) inspiring. It’s not as simple as that, though. This movie has better actors, funnier jokes and there is sweetness and a point to the script about high school kids on a quest to lose their virginity before graduating. The humiliating aspects of these goal-oriented guys’ campaign score high points – the scenes with Jim (Jason Biggs) and his dad (played to perfection by Eugene Levy) trying to communicate are outstanding. A surprisingly tender and likable film.
1999-U.S. 95 min. Color. Directed by Paul Weitz. Screenplay: Adam Herz. Cast: Jason Biggs (Jim Levenstein), Shannon Elizabeth (Nadia), Alyson Hannigan (Michelle Flaherty), Chris Klein, Natasha Lyonne, Thomas Ian Nicholas… Seann William Scott, Eugene Levy, Mena Suvari, Jennifer Coolidge.
Trivia: Followed by three sequels (as well as five direct-to-DVD/VOD releases, starting with American Pie: Band Camp (2005)); the first one is American Pie 2 (2001).
Quote: “You realize we’re all going to go to college as virgins. They probably have special dorms for people like us.” (Biggs)