The movie American Pie is about four high schoolers, close to graduating, determined not to carry their virginity's with them to college and so they make a pact to lose their virginity by prom night. The movie is directed by Paul Weitz and stars Jason Biggs, Chris Klein and Tara Reads and takes place around Michigan's East Great Falls High. The movie opens with student Jim (Jason Biggs) being caught by his parents pleasuring himself in a tube sock while trying to watch a scrambled broadcast on an adult channel. By the end of this movie, all four seniors would have lost their virginity somehow or the other, and as a result with it learning more about themselves, their friendships, love, romance and the opposite sex.
The movie showed a lot of different aspects of high school life and for the most part, some of the characters in it could remind the audience of some high school buddies. It had everything from diarrhea, vomiting, voyeurism, premature ejaculation, the drinking of beer with a sperm chaser and even a scene about masturbation with an apple pie. As controversial as those seem it didn't stop teenagers from flocking to the theaters to go see it. Summarizing the reviews of three critics will show that each critic had a lot of the same positive and the few negative views, but they all enjoyed it and the message it sent out to the audience. Movie critic Catherine Ranfold said 'Finally, a really good teen flick!' She mentioned about all the gross gags used in the movie and still had some more praising to do. The critic noted how the film was 'vulgar, raunchy, innocent, rude, funny and incredibly sweet- much like high school' (Ranfold).
It reminded viewers of their high school days with the party goers and the so called nerds. She also found the portrayal of girls in the movie refreshing, because they were 'more than objects of desire. ' She described her memories on the sexual dominance of females over the males because it was the females who choose who they would lose their virginity too and 'That's something that's bang in the film. ' Comparing the movie American Pie to others in the past such as 'Animal house' and last year's hit 'Something about Mary' is something critic Todd McCarthy mostly talked about. As McCarthy put it ' Last year's semen in the hair [ Something about Mary] has been replaced by semen in someone's beer. ' The critic had a fair feeling about this movie, as if he didn't hate it, but he didn't love it as did the other critics did.
McCarthy called American Pie ' the king of gross-out comedy' and felt that the movie was crude. In conclusion, I would recommend this movie to anyone under the age of 25, and people over the age of 25 that still enjoy a little bit of dirty high school humour, I think that this is a love or hate kind of movie, personally, I love it, but I watched it with my parents, and they hate it!