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Anyone who's watched just about any teenage film knows that the greatest evil in this world isn't chemical warfare, ethnic cleansing, or even the nuclear bomb. The worst crime known to man? Why, virginity, of course. As we've learned from countless films--fromSummer of '42toRisky Business--virginity is a criminal burden that one must shed oneself of as quickly as possible. And while many of these films have given the topic a bad name,American Piequietly sweeps in and gives sex some of its dignity back. Dignity, you may say? How can a film that highlights intercourse with fruit pies, premature ejaculation broadcasted across the Internet, and the gratuitous "gross-out" shots restore the dignity of a genre that's been encumbered with such heavyweights asPorky'sandLosin' It? The plot may be typical, with four high school friends swearing to "score" by prom, yet the film rises above the muck with its superior cast, successful and sweet humor, and some actually rather retro values about the meaning and importance of sex. Jason Biggs, Chris Klein, Thomas Ian Nicholas, and Eddie Kaye Thomas make up the odd quartet of pals determined to woo, lie, and beg their way to manhood. The young women they pursue are wary girlfriend Vicky (Tara Reid), choir girl Heather (Mena Suvari), band geek Michelle (Alyson Hannigan), and just about any other female who is willing and able. Natasha Lyonne as Jessica, playing a similar role as inSlums of Beverly Hills, is the general adviser to the crowd (when Vicky tells her "I want it to be the right time, the right place," Jessica responds, "It's not a space shuttle launch, it'ssex"). The comedic timing hits the mark--especially in the deliberately awkward scenes between Jim (Biggs) and his father (Eugene Levy). And, of course, lessons are learned in this genuinely funny film, which will probably please the adult crowd even more than it will the teenage one.--Jenny Brown
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CastShannon Elizabeth, Jason Biggs, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Alyson Hannigan, Chris Klein
DirectorChris Weitz, Paul Weitz
Genre:  Comedy
Screen WriterAdam Herz
DVD Release Date:  December 21, 1999
Runtime:  95 minutes
Studio:  Universal Pictures
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review by . January 24, 2005
posted in Movie Hype
This was one of the best teen flicks I have seen since Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Eugene Levy is hilarious as the nerdy horny father who is always helping his son.    But I guess I won't be sending any of my kids to "band camp."
review by . June 14, 2000
posted in Movie Hype
It seems as if every generation has at least one memorable defy authority and party hearty movie. The late nineities teens have this one and it pretty darn amusing as each of these characters has some memorable character traits about them. In between all the partying, pranks, and sex, there are plenty of moments of human emotion and teenage insecurities. Although alot of teenagers are chasing after sex, they are also indirectly trying to find attention and who they really are. I think it succedes …
review by . June 06, 2000
This movie is mostly geared towards High School Seniors and the College crowds most particularly the Fraternity/jock crowd. However, as a thirty something year old man, I found the portrayal of the four undersexed males quite amusing. This movies shows how fickle teenagers are and in between all the lust and depravity, each of the characters is searching for their own identity in a world that opening up to them. Besides all that heavy analysis, this movie is also loaded with some hillarious steamy …
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