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American Pie


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.

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common sense

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

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    reviews counted: 9
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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,, 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

3 stars


- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Monday, October 18, 2010

4 stars

Best teen comedy I've ever seen! There's just so many things that I love about this movie, that it's hard to know where to begin. Everything is just spot-on, and done with such perfect comedic timing, that it puts all other films in the genre to shame (that including its many sequels). Not to mention all the great characters, like the legendary Stifler. So maybe it's no wonder why I keep coming back for a re-watch. Because this is pure comedy gold, and the movie that set the standard for how teen flicks should be made.

- CloudStrife84, Monday, April 5, 2010

3 stars

American Pie probably needs another review less than almost any movie in the world. Is there anyone left who hasn't already seen the movie, or at least knows what it's about? Regardless, here are my two cents. American Pie hasn't aged particularly well. It doesn't have the timelessness of some of the other movies in the raunchy teen comedy genre, and it's been greatly surpassed by movies that have come after it. It's still funny in some ways, but a lot of the gross scenes that used to be shocking, are fairly unremarkable by today's standards. The most enjoyment I get from the movie now, is from looking at the substantial cast and seeing how their careers have changed, remained stagnant, or basically ended all-together, since 1999. There aren't many other reasons to go back to American Pie.

- lewiskendell, Monday, March 22, 2010