American Pie is a 1999 teen comedy film directed by Paul Weitz and Chris Weitz, and written by Adam Herz. It was the first film to be directed by the Weitz brothers, and the first film in the American Pie series. The film was a box-office hit and spawned three direct sequels: American Pie 2 (2001), American Wedding (2003), and American Reunion (2012).The film concentrates on four boys who make a pact to lose their virginity before their high school graduation. The title of the film refers to a scene in the film in which the lead character is caught masturbating with a pie after previously being told that a vagina feels "like warm apple pie".The film ranked 49th on Bravo's "100 Funniest Movies" list, and ranked 22nd on Entertainment Weekly's list of the 50 Best High School Movies. In 2000, readers of Total Film magazine voted American Pie the 6th greatest comedy film of all time.Following the American Pie trilogy chronicling the courtship and marriage of characters Jim Levenstein and Michelle Flaherty, the American Pie name became a brand name in a manner similar to the National Lampoon film series for a number of direct to video spin off films: American Pie Presents: Band Camp (2005), American Pie Presents: The Naked Mile (2006), American Pie Presents: Beta House (2007) and American Pie: Book of Love (2009).American Reunion, a fourth installment with the entire primary cast of the first two films reprising their roles was released in 2012.Not to be confused with the ultra-famous Don McLean song.
Also an aversion, simultaneously. It is strongly implied that the only reason they want to get laid is because everyone expects to get laid in high school, and those who don't are considered losers by boys. Which actually brings us right back to All Men Are Perverts. Definitely subverted at the end, though, when all four of the male characters realize that getting laid is not as important as finding someone special. Waitaminit, and then they all get laid anyway. Aw, hell.
Subverted with Oz, who didn't feel the need to brag about it like the other guys.
Subverted even harder with Oz in the fourth movie, when he is way too dull to keep up with his adventurous girlfriend.
Speaking of, Jim played it straightest of all. He thought it was cool that Michelle used him.
The latest installment in the American Pie Presents series follows this all the way through.
Reunion deals with the pull between old high school glory and the need to mature and be an adult, and ultimately decides that it's up to the individual of which to embrace, or if they want to find a compromise.
Jim's dad fits this too. He appears in all of the movies, including the Spin-Offs. Each time there's something new revealed about his past, eventually coming to reveal that he was basically the creator of the Bible from the first movie
Finally there is Michelle. It's easy to forget because her scenes are so memorable but she doesn't have much actual screentime in the original film. It is only the second film on that turns her from a near-One Scene Wonder into a prominent character.
Oz arguably. He stops when he finds out women aren't turned on by it.
Caught with Your Pants Down: In the first movie, we have the pie scene. In the second movie, Jim mistakes superglue for lube and glues himself to... himself. And his other hand to the porn movie he was wanking to.
Also, the intro to the first movie involves Jim's parents walking in while he's trying to watch a scrambled porno. A tube sock preserves what little dignity he has left. Noah lampshades it when, in a later scene, he finds condoms in Jim's nightstand.
Jim's Dad: Well, at least it's not a tube sock.
And again in the second movie when Jim's parents come to visit him on the college campus only to walk in just as he having sex with a girl. Doesn't help that said girl's parents suddenly show up too.
And the third movie had Jim and Stifler getting caught engaging in what appeared to be bestiality, and Stifler having sex with Jim's grandmother.
And again in the intro to the third movie, Jim's Dad interrupts Michelle giving Jim head under the table. In a restaurant.
Eric Stifler, Naked Mile, Grandmother. That is all.
Pretty much all of the movies start with this.
The fourth movie has Jim getting caught jerking off by his son and shutting his laptop on his dick, then walking into the bathroom finding Michelle masturbating in the bathtub.
Nadia and her boyfriend/date walk in on Michelle and Jim doing it at the reunion.
Character Development: Oddly for a teen franchise, the bullying jock Steve Stifler slowly turns into a protagonist through this trope.
Hidden Heart of Gold: It will take some industrial power tools to dig through all that selfish, spiteful, sex crazed macho bullheadness, but once you do you will find that Steve Stifler has a loyal, sensitive and very kind heart... just don't expect him ever admit having one.
I Ate What?: In American Wedding, Stifler is waiting for a ring-eating dog to defecate. When he gets it, the bride's mother mistakes it for a chocolate truffle and Stifler prevents her from eating it by... you know.
This is a running gag with Stifler. In the first film, the incident with Kevin's beer. In the second one, he drinks piss thinking it's champagne.
The third one is actually his official Jerk with a Heart of Gold moment, as the first two were his Laser-Guided Karma being the Jerk Jock, but the third act he did intentionally to get the ring and prevent Michelle's mother from eating feces. Roger Ebert called it a rather noble act (and also nauseating). Though had he let her eat it she might have discovered the ring and he'd have some explaining to do.
I Banged Your Mom: The first film has arguably the most well known example in pop culture (Bonus points for helping popularize the term MILF) when Finch gets lucky with the aforementioned mother of Steve Stifler near the end when all four of the boys get laid after prom. Cue big laughs from the audience/viewer and Steve fainting from this revelation!
Finch later goes on to have sex with Stifler's mom twice more; once in the second movie and yet again in the third.
Thirteen years after the first film, Stifler finally gets even with Finch at the reunion in the fourth movie when he strikes up a conversation with the latters own mother and naturally, one thing leads to another...
Informed Attractiveness: Stifler's mom. Actress Jennifer Coolidge was even able to play a Hollywood Homely character a couple of years later in Legally Blonde with the only real visual change being a marginally less flattering haircut.
Instant Humiliation: Just Add YouTube!: A rare pre-YouTube example, in which Jim accidentally sends the website of Nadia's stream to the entire school. And given what happens once he joins the video... yeah. Coincidentally, in American Reunion, it is revealed to have gone viral on Youtube.
Mean Character, Nice Actor: In real life, Seann William Scott is the exact opposite of Stiffler, personality-wise. He was deathly shy when it came to talking to girls in high school and was 30 years old when he had his first serious relationship.
Playing Gertrude: Jennifer Coolidge, who plays Stifler's Mom, is only thirteen years older than Seann William Scott.
The Pornomancer: If Stifler's claims are true, then he's had sex with a significant percentage of the girls he went to high school with.
Rule of Three: Used as a sex indicator in the second movie, and the "Band camp" line in the first.
The second running gag is Stifler ingesting some bodily substance.
The original movie has Michelle's monumentally dull "This one time at band camp..." stories, well except the one with the flute.
Which is brought back a few times. In the second, Jim overhears some band camp girls. Then after he and Michelle have sex in the music room, he asks him if he was better than the flute.
Finch having sex with Stifler's mom. Reunion manages to invert it.
Cadence is neither seen nor mentioned in American Reunion.
Running Gag: The two primary ones are having all movies open with the protagonist (Jim in the theatrical films and whoever leads in the DTV films) caught in an awkward sexual moment. See Caught with Your Pants Down.
Also, Stifler ingesting some kind of bodily substance.
Sex Comedy: The success of the first American Pie movie caused the resurrection of the teen sex comedy genre in the late-1990s (the genre had previously been popular in the 1980s, but fizzled out by the end of the decade).
Brick Joke: During the "lesbians" scene, when Stifler is being forced to grab Finch's ass, Finch comments that he is comfortable enough with his sexuality to allow Stifler to do it, while Stifler, on the other hand, is completely disgusted. Near the end of the movie, when the "lesbians" reveal they aren't lesbians after all, an intrigued Stifler says that he'll do anything to sleep with them, including grabbing other guys' asses and making out with everybody because he is "comfortable with his sexuality."
Corpsing: Seann William Scott's antics during the lesbian scene are clearly making Eddie Kaye Thomas laugh, most noticeably when Stifler tells Jim that he's a lousy kisser.
Girl on Girl Is Hot: A huge scene is based entirely around this, to the point that people randomly listening over two-way radios are getting into it.
Guy on Guy Is Hot: Re the aforementioned scene, the sexy girls only agree to perform lesbian acts with each other if three of the guys perform homoerotic acts with each other in return. Hilarity Ensues.
Latin Lover: Oz spends much of the film worried about his girlfriend living in a house of these while on Study Abroad.
Love Epiphany: Jim, when he realizes that he loves Michelle in the midst of talking to Nadia.
When Finch is helping Jim locate Michelle's wedding dress, he asks Jim to let him speak to the people inside the store because they are his "people." Stifler inquires, "They're gay?" Finch retorts that they're "styled", "cultured", and "sophisticated", to which Stifler responds, "So they're gay." Later on when Stifler ends up in the gay bar and is trying to prove that Even the Guys Want Him, he tells Bear, "I've got style... I'm cultured... I'm sophisticated."
Call Back: During the bachelor party, the police stripper asks the guys if they want her and the other stripper to make out, but before Stifler can excitedly say yes, he remembers what happened with the "lesbians" of the last movie, so he says "Fuck no."
Corpsing: January Jones can be seen trying not to laugh when Stifler is thrusting behind Mrs. Flaherty to piss off Jim, even though Jones' character, Cadence, is not supposed to be aware of what's going on.
Gay Bar Reveal: In the third film, the bar where Stifler shows off his dancing skills in American Pie 3. This being Stifler, he didn't realize which kind of bar it was until the others told him to look around and pay attention: "Oh my God! What the fuck is going on?"
Jerkass Has a Point: Stifler points out that he's been looking out for Jim's sex life ever since high school, because the first tits Jim ever saw were because of him (as Stifler gave Jim the idea for the Nadia video), and the first girl Jim ever hooked up with (Michelle) was at Stifler's post-prom party, at his cottage. The Stif-Man showed him the way!
"Finch, he does make a good point." "Yeah, he does... you never heard me say that."
Sequel Non-Entity: Oz. Word of God says they simply had nothing for him to do, so the character just wasn't included. Though it's hinted he was in L.A. at the time of Jim's Wedding as an in-Universe exclamation.
Call Back: Being about the characters' high school reunion, we get many:
The poster looks almost exactly like the one for the first movie, with the characters (now thirteen years older) in the same positions.
Jim's tube sock makes a reappearance (again with unfortunate results).
The camera following Stifler as he does an evaluation of his workplace is reminiscent of those he did for his house parties in the first two movies.
Jim finds the dirty magazines his dad gave to him (with the pages glued together).
Finch is reintroduced while riding a moped, in contrast to his scooter from the first movie.
Jim is reminded only too well about the incidents of Speed Sex, from both Selena and Kara (and is acknowledged that the video is now on You Tube).
Selena tells Jim, Kevin, Finch, and Oz that they were all probably "desperate virgins back then." The guys briefly decline before sharing a look with each other (because they all were virgins at the time).
When Oz reunites with Heather and her new boyfriend at the beach, Stifler runs up to him and interrupts like he did in the first movie when Heather was about to ask Oz to prom, even calling Heather "choir chick" again.
Stifler throwing a party like the one at the end of the first movie, and Jim and Michelle attempting to recreate the events of it.
While making out with Selena, Finch spots a picture of Stifler's Mom on the wall. He briefly recalls the three previous flings he had with Stifler's Mom and looks between the two, as if trying to choose, before ultimately deciding to move on and be with Selena.
After Jim and Michelle have sex in the music room, Jim holds up a flute and asks if he was better than the fltue (referring to the Wham Line before their first night together in the first movie).
The movie ends with the gang (now including Stifler) having hot dogs at Dog Years and toasting to "the next step."
Canon Discontinuity: The spin-offs are effectively ignored in the first ten minutes — Stifler never went into directing porn movies, and while Michelle and Jim do have a son, he's far too young to be the one mentioned in the spinoff series.
Hired for Their Looks: Stifler tells a group of pretty women, "Ladies, you'd better be working hard - you weren't hired for your looks. Actually you were." He then points to another woman and says, "Not you."
I Never: Oz and Heather play this with their respective dates.
"The Reason You Suck" Speech: Stifler gives one to his boss in, saying that even though he has money, he's still a loser...who's poorly-endowed.
The other guys in turn give one to Stifler earlier on for being trapped in the past and always finding a way to ruin things.
Remember the New Guy: Several never before mentioned classmates turn up out of the blue, such as Selena (Michelle's Band Camp bff), Loni 'Blowjob' Lipstein (a former... intimate of Stifler) and Mitch and Adam (members of the lacrosse team and good buddies with Stifler and presumably Oz.)
Also Kara the girl Jim used to babysit is never mentioned before.
While Kara's a harder case to argue, several of the younger actors that appear as non-speaking extras in the original film could stand in for the roles in later films. For example, in the first appearance of Michelle and the band geeks (when they come to Stiffler's door and he tells them to leave), there is a young Ambiguously Brown woman. There are several team mates who don't speak in the rugby scenes.
Sequel Reset: After seemingly making peace with the guys in Wedding, Stifler is back to his old self in this film, and goes through the whole Jerk with a Heart of Gold transformation again. He is finally accepted by the guys as one of their own near the end of the movie when they realize that, even though Stifler is a dick, he's a "fun dick", and "their dick."
Soundtrack Dissonance : When Jim and Michelle have their eyes-meet-across-the-room moment and their makeup speech, the song playing in the background is "The Freshmen" by the Verve Pipe—a song about a young man's girlfriend having an abortion (and possibly date rape).
Technology Marches On: Lampshaded when the gang needs to talk their way into a suburban family's home. Stifler knocks on the door and tells the man of the house that their car has broken down and he needs to call AAA. The man says "None of the three of you have cell phones?". After the gang gets inside the house, a defensive Stifler says that when he used to do this, cell phones didn't exist.
What Did I Do Last Night?: After reuniting with his old friends, Jim wakes up in his kitchen pantless and surrounded by nachos and other kinds of food.
What the Hell, Hero?: Stifler gives the other guys one of these, calling them out for how much they hurt his feelings by not making an effort to stay in touch with him.
Direct To Video Movies
Black Comedy Rape: The aftermath of Dwight Stifler's visit to a sex addicts' meeting in Beta House (where he was looking to pick up chicks).
Coitus Interruptus: American Pie: Beta House offers a morally ambiguous example in an early scene.