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American Pie

Notorious for the ludicrous masturbation scene which gives the film its title, this Farrelly-like jock comedy begins as it means to go on, with Jim (Biggs) discovered by his parents unscrambling cable porn and sporting a sock on his 'third foot'. Though Jim and his buddies make a pact to lose their virginity before the climax of the graduation ball, the wanking continues apace. The adolescent male is an ugly thing to behold, but ripe for comic humiliation. Weitz's film is enough to put you off having kids. The strange thing is, while it's told very much from the boys' point of view, the humour is almost entirely at their expense, and actually quite sensitive to a woman's needs. If this isn't feminist, exactly, at least it's laddism reconstructed. Nevertheless, it's still a crude piece of work, spottily acted and directed, albeit lifted by two or three outrageous set-pieces.

Release details

Duration: 96 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Paul Weitz
Screenwriter: Adam Herz
Cast: Jennifer Coolidge
Alyson Hannigan
Tara Reid
Eugene Levy
Jason Biggs
Natasha Lyonne
Chris Klein
Clyde Kusatsu
Mena Suvari
Thomas Ian Nicholas
Seann W Scott
Shannon Elizabeth