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American Pie (film)

American Pie

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Paul Weitz
Chris Weitz
Produced by Chris Moore
Chris Weitz
Warren Zide
Craig Perry
Written by Adam Herz
Starring Jason Biggs
Chris Klein
Natasha Lyonne
Thomas Ian Nicholas
Tara Reid
Mena Suvari
Eugene Levy
Eddie Kaye Thomas
Music by David Lawrence
Cinematography Richard Crudo
Editing by Priscilla Nedd-Friendly
Studio LivePlanet
Zide/Perry Productions
Distributed by Universal Studios
Release date(s) July 9, 1999 (1999-07-09)
Running time 95 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $11 million
Box office $235,483,004 [1]

American Pie is a 1999 teen comedy film written by Adam Herz. American Pie was the directorial film debut of brothers Paul and Chris Weitz, and the first film in the American Pie film series. The film was a box-office hit and spawned two direct sequels: American Pie 2 (2001) and American Wedding (2003).

The film concentrates on four boys who make a pact to lose their virginity before their high school graduation. The title is borrowed from the folk song of the same name and refers to a scene in the film, in which the lead character is caught masturbating with a pie after being previously told that third base feels like "warm apple pie".

Since the conclusion of the American Pie trilogy, featuring the courtship and marriage of the characters Jim Levenstein and Michelle Flaherty, the American Pie name has gone on to be used as an entity similar to the National Lampoon film series. American Pie has spawned four direct-to-DVD spin-off films bearing the title American Pie Presents: Band Camp (2005), The Naked Mile (2006), Beta House (2007) and The Book of Love (December 2009).

Another theatrical release, the fourth in the series and tentatively entitled American Reunion, was recently announced as being in pre-production for a 2012 release.[2]



Four friends from west Michigan, high school seniors, Kevin Myers (Thomas Ian Nicholas), a confident student with a girlfriend named Vicky (Tara Reid); Chris "Oz" Ostreicher (Chris Klein), a member of the high school lacrosse team; Jim Levenstein (Jason Biggs), an awkward and sexually naïve character whose dad (Eugene Levy) attempts to offer sexual advice including purchasing and giving him pornography; and Paul Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas), a cappuccino-drinking sophisticate, make a pact, at Kevin's initiation, to lose their virginity before their high school graduation after a dorky classmate, Chuck Sherman (Chris Owen), claims to have done so at a party hosted by fellow classmate and lacrosse player Steve Stifler (Seann William Scott).

Vicky later accuses Kevin of being with her only for sex, and he must try and repair his relationship with her before the upcoming prom night, when the four plan to lose their virginity. He eventually succeeds. Oz, meanwhile, joins the jazz choir in an effort to lose his reputation as an insensitive jock and find a girlfriend there. He soon wins the attention of Heather (Mena Suvari), a girl in the choir. However, he runs into problems when Heather comes to learn about Oz's reputation and subsequently breaks up with him, although he later manages to regain some of her trust, and later most of it when he leaves the lacrosse championship to perform a duet with her in a choir competition. Jim, meanwhile, attempts to pursue Nadia (Shannon Elizabeth), an exchange student from Czechoslovakia. Stifler persuades him to set up a webcam in his room so that they can all watch it together. The plan suffers a hiccup, though, when Nadia discovers Jim's pornography collection and sits half-naked on his bed to read it. Jim is persuaded to return to his room, where he joins Nadia, unaware that he accidentally sent the weblink to the entire school directory. As Nadia is preparing to have sex with him, he prematurely ejaculates twice, humiliating himself live in front of the entire school. Shortly afterwards Nadia leaves school and goes back home now leaving Jim completely dateless for prom and his likeliness of losing his virginity before high school is over. In his desperation, Jim asks band geek Michelle Flanerty (Alyson Hannigan) to the senior prom as she is apparently the only girl at his school who did not see what happened. Finch, meanwhile, pays Vicky's friend, Jessica (Natasha Lyonne), $200 to spread rumors around the school of his sexual prowess, hoping that it will increase his chances of success. Unfortunately, he runs into trouble when Stifler, angry that a girl turned him down for the prom because she was waiting for Finch to ask her, puts a laxative into Finch's cappuccino. Finch, being paranoid about the lack of cleanliness in the school restrooms, and unable to go home to use the toilet as he usually does, is tricked by Stifler into using the girls' restroom. Afterward, he emerges before many other fellow students, humiliated and is left dateless.

At the prom, everything seems hopeless for the four boys until Vicky asks the girl that Chuck Sherman claimed to have bedded about her "first time." She proclaims to everyone at the prom that she and Sherman did not have sex at Stifler's party, leaving Sherman embarrassed and making him wet himself. The revelation takes the pressure off of Jim, Kevin, Oz and Finch, and they head to the post-prom party with new hope. At the after-party at Stifler's house, all four boys fulfill their pledge. Kevin and Vicky have sex in an upstairs bedroom. Vicky breaks up with Kevin afterwards on the grounds that they will drift apart when they go to college, with him attending the University of Michigan and her at Cornell University; he tries to persuade her otherwise but quickly realizes that the distance between the two schools will be too much of a burden. Oz confesses the pact to Heather, and renounces it, saying that just by them being together makes him a winner. They reconcile and wind up making love together on the dock. Oz, honoring his newfound sensitivity, never confesses to what they did. Jim and Michelle have sex after he finds out that she is actually not as much of a band geek as she let on and she saw the "Nadia Incident" after all. She accepted his offer to be his date because of it, knowing he was a "sure thing," but she makes him wear two condoms to combat his earlier "problem" with Nadia. Jim is surprised to discover that Michelle behaves unexpectedly aggressively in bed. In the morning he wakes up to find her gone and realizes that she had used him for a one-night stand, which Jim thinks is "cool." Dateless, Finch strays downstairs to the basement recreation room where he meets Stifler's mother, Jeanine (Jennifer Coolidge). She is aroused by his precociousness, and they have sex on the pool table. In the morning, Stifler enters the room, realizes that his mom has had sex with Finch and faints, unable to believe that his mom and "Shit Break" are together. The morning after the prom Jim, Kevin, Oz, and Finch eat breakfast at their favorite restaurant - with the fitting nostalgic name, "Dog Years" - where they toast to "the next step." The film ends with Nadia watching Jim stripping on his webcam. His dad walks in but walks out and starts dancing like Jim.


  • Blink-182 make a cameo appearance as the band watching Jim and Nadia during their webcast though drummer Travis is incorrectly credited as former Blink-182 drummer "Scott Raynor". Also, when their song "Mutt" is credited, Barker's name is misspelled as "Travis Barkor". The parts were given when Tom Delonge's acting agent reported the film needed a band.
  • Christina Milian appears as one of the band geeks.
  • Casey Affleck as Tom Myers, Kevin's older brother.
  • Stacy Fuson, Playmate of the Month for February 1999, appears in the crowd laughing at Finch when he exits the girls' restroom.

Awards and nominations

  • 2000 - Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favourite Supporting Comedy Actor (Eugene Levy)
  • 2000 - Bogey Awards: Bogey Awards in Platinum (Award given to movies which are viewed by five million people in the first 50 days after their release)
  • 2000 - Casting Society of America: Artios Award for Best Casting for Feature Film
  • 2000 - Csapnivalo Award: Golden Slate Award for Best Teen Movie
  • 2000 - Young Hollywood Awards for Best Ensemble Cast, Best Soundtrack, Breakthrough Female Performance (Mena Suvari)
  • 2000 - Golden Screen for Golden Screen Award and Golden Screen with 1 Star


Northwest view of the Los Cerritos house.

Much of the film is based on the writer's days at East Grand Rapids High School in East Grand Rapids, Michigan, an upper class suburb of Grand Rapids, Michigan.[3][4]

In the film, the town is called "East Great Falls", and the high school sports the same school colors — blue and yellow — along with a similar mascot — the Trailblazers instead of the Pioneers. The restaurant hangout, "Dog Years", is based on Yesterdog, a popular hot dog restaurant in the nearby Eastown neighborhood of Grand Rapids.[5] The "Central Chicks" and "Central" Lacrosse team that East Great Falls plays against is an amalgam of nearby Forest Hills Central High School and Grand Rapids Central High School.[6]

The film was actually shot in Southern California, most notably in Long Beach using Long Beach Unified School District area high schools. Robert A. Millikan High School whose school colors are blue and gold were used for exterior shots and Long Beach Polytechnic High School was used for interior shots, (Los Cerritos, Long Beach, California both schools are located within five miles of the Virginia Country Club and Los Cerritos Neighborhood where Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Donnie Darko were filmed).[7]


American Pie: Music from the Motion Picture
Soundtrack album by Various artists
Released June 29, 1999 (1999-06-29)
Length 46:02
Label Uptown, Universal
Various artists chronology
American Pie: Music from the Motion Picture
American Pie 2: Music from the Motion Picture
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars [8]
No. Title Writer(s) Performed by Length
1. "New Girl"     Third Eye Blind 2:16
2. "You Wanted More"     Tonic 3:52
3. "Mutt"     Blink-182 3:23
4. "Glory"     Sugar Ray 3:29
5. "Super Down"     Super TransAtlantic 4:07
6. "Find Your Way Back Home"     Dishwalla 4:04
7. "Good Morning Baby"     Bic Runga and Dan Wilson 3:34
8. "Stranger by the Day"     Shades Apart 4:02
9. "Summertime"     Bachelor Number One 3:46
10. "Vintage Queen"     Goldfinger 3:04
11. "Sway"     Bic Runga 4:23
12. "Wishen"     Loose Nuts 3:04
13. "Man with the Hex"     The Atomic Fireballs 3:01

The following songs were included in the film but were not featured on the soundtrack:


Box office

The film took in a gross worldwide revenue of $235,483,004,[9][10] $132,922,000 of which was from overseas tickets; the film is considered a great box office success considering the $10 million budget.

In home video rentals, the film currently has grossed $109,577,352 worldwide, with $56,408,552 of that coming from sales in the US.[11]

Critical reception

The film received mixed reviews from critics. Stephen Holden of The New York Times felt American Pie was "one of the shallowest and the most prurient teen films."[12] Robert Horton of Film.com wrote that American Pie "had a few amusing bits, however the audience should strongly note that the movie is really awful, and that it was not worthy of guilty pleasure status."[13] Jim Sullivan of The Boston Globe wrote that American Pie is a "gross and tasteless high school romp with sentimental mush."[13] However, Roger Ebert was more supportive, awarding it three out of four stars. He noted that "[i]t is not inspired, but it's cheerful and hard-working and sometimes funny, and--here's the important thing--it's not mean. Its characters are sort of sweet and lovable."[14] American Pie holds a 59% "Rotten" rating on Rotten Tomatoes[15] and a score of 58/100 ("mixed or average reviews") from Metacritic.[13]


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