Kind of stunned by all the hate. This is a very funny movie, but ultimately kind-hearted. The film isn't misogynist in the sense it doesn't make the women out to be faceless caricatures, and it doesn't show the men as nihilistic slobs who stick with the same mean-spirited attitude at the end of the film. It captures the naive times of high school well, and Eugene Levy's character is arguably his funniest.
This feels kinda... hysterical. But maybe I am getting old. I'd love to see the demographics, the target. I have the idea that in some cases, some products are aimed at audiences sligthly younger than the individuals portrayed. So, this would be aimed at 14-15 year olds. And I went to see it at 24. A bit like going to... a girlsband/boysband gig would be. In the stage they look sligghtly older, but around me...
This one time, at band camp, there were whispers of a movie: a sex comedy for a new generation in which an apple pie plays a crucial role. The myth quickly became legend and now the American Pie saga is the most successful teen comedy series in history. And this is where it all started, a crude, broey, endlessly charismatic romp. The entire webcam scene alone will never not be hilarious.
I really think this movie is underrated, especially here on mubi. People seem to have forgotten that it was (probably) the first of its kind - a bazillion movies with the same or similar concept followed, most of them imitating its style and characters. I'm almost a 100% sure that this deserves more than 2 stars. At least 3.
First of the many new college sex-comedies of the "new century" and still one of the better (and most charming) of them that updates the old "Animal House" concept from the seventies. It was the female nudity that drew young boys to the seats though.
shockingly artless! white actors with no faces wearing plain clothing sitting in rooms with no props speaking words without meaning. the shit is so bare bones it doesn't even have bones. how was this the smash hit it was??
(Also everyone was oily as fuck. what the hell?)