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American Pie

comedy


The stakes are highand hilariouswhen four friends make the pact to lose their virginity by prom night in this outrageous romp about high school, band camp, and warm apple pie.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    61%
  • Audience Score
    60%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
5 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
1 out of 5
Sex
5 out of 5
Violence
0 out of 5

Ultra-raunchy sex comedy is a teen fave -- beware.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that teens talk about having sex explicitly in this film. Girls and boys masturbate, as well as give and get oral sex. There's discussion and depiction of premature ejaculation and faking orgasm, and boys talk about lying to girls to get them to sleep with them. And mostly, teens try to find out about sex without talking to their parents. This is a case where it would be good to watch the film ahead of teens, all of whom know about the series and probably want to watch it.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about what teens think of sex, how many of their friends they think are having sex, and what parents think of teens having sex. It's also a good opportunity for parents to answer whatever questions teens may have, both about values surrounding sex and about safe sex.
  • Parents may also want to put an over-the-top comedy like this in perspective. The antics of these sex-crazed teens come at you fast and furiously, making some of the laughs mostly about the shock value. What other movies and TV shows reach for a laugh this way? (Jackass and South Park are a good start to the list.)
  • Do you think some teens will feel pressured about sex before they're ready by watching a movie like American Pie? Or do you think it's just a funny situation comedy?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    61%
    reviews counted: 9
    see all American Pie reviews
  • Audience

    60%

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Rest of the rancid jokes, listless performances, and mild sauce mischief bury the basic boner novelty of American Pie alive. Eleven years later, it's still the same insufferable, meaningless hooey it always was.

- Brian Orndorf, BrianOrndorf.com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: This is one of the greatest teen films of all time.

- Chris Gore, Film Threat, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: American Pie is pleasant movie experience, despite the fact that many viewers might feel guilty about it

- Dragan Antulov, Draxblog Movie Reviews, Tuesday, December 6, 2005

Audience Reviews

4 stars

It represents an exaggeration of teen life, but it does it well, and satisfyingly. A good comedy, that has a leveled amount of laughs, which I enjoyed. But what I enjoyed the most, was how much of teens are exactly the same way they are shown here. It's the end of high school, and these teenagers are on the brink of their lives. They become involved in situations that will make any audience member laugh. It may not meet all expectations to be the greatest comedy of all time, but it sure delivers many more laughs than expected. I love watching this movie, because the jokes are crude and rude and will never fade away. "American Pie" is great.

- fb733768972, Saturday, April 7, 2012

4 stars

It represents an exaggeration of teen life, but it does it well, and satisfyingly. A good comedy, that has a leveled amount of laughs, which I enjoyed. But what I enjoyed the most, was how much of teens are exactly the same way they are shown here. It's the end of high school, and these teenagers are on the brink of their lives. They become involved in situations that will make any audience member laugh. It may not meet all expectations to be the greatest comedy of all time, but it sure delivers many more laughs than expected. I love watching this movie, because the jokes are crude and rude and will never fade away. "American Pie" is great.

- fb733768972, Saturday, April 7, 2012

3 stars

Funny

- superclerk25, Monday, March 19, 2012