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.
Actor Allusion: In her cameo in American Reunion Jessica announces that "I'm a lesbian now." Natasha Lyonne has become well-known for playing lesbian characters, most notably in the film "But I'm A Cheerleader" and the Netflix series "Orange Is The New Black."
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.
An Aesop: The first movie - although involving the original goal of having sex by Prom - turned more into a focus on establishing long-lasting relationships. Odd inversion from the usual teen fare.
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.
Ass Shove: Michelle does this to Jim with a trumpet as a form of sex play in American Pie 2.
Auto Erotica: Finch and Stifler's mom at the end of the second movie.
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.
Brick Joke: In the third film 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."
In the first film Michelle tells the story of her sticking her flute up her vajajay. In the second one Jim overhears two girls in their cabin one asking where her instrument is the other says they shoved it in her box. At this Jim says "I'm a bad, bad man"
"Jenny, where did you put my clarinet?" "Oh, I think I stuck it in your box."
After the Ass Shove incident mentioned above, Jim and Michelle hear someone entering the room and flee through another exit. As they run away, the sound of someone playing trumpet can be heard...
Canon Discontinuity: Reunion effectively ignores the spin-offs in its 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.
In the first movie, a girl mentions that Sherman once tried to screw a grapefruit.
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.
In Reunion, many side characters who had a more prominent roles in the first movie, such as Jessica, only get brief cameos during the actual reunion. Vicky is not sidelined quite so much but still has notably less screentime than in the first two films.
Destructo-Nookie: In Reunion Jim and Michelle have one in the music room after making up with each other.
Disproportionate Retribution: Stifler gets back at Finch's rumor of beating him up by putting a laxative in his drink, knowing he has a phobia of using the school bathroom. Stifler leads him to an open bathroom, which ends up being the girls bathroom, and he is humiliated by his peers upon exiting.
Reunion has the guys being splashed by jetskis after confronting some teenage boys who were stealing bikini tops. Stifler's revenge was to take a dump in their cooler full of beer and then destroy their jetskis. The others call him out on this, but he insists it's fair since they got splashed.
Dolled-Up Installment: At least the first direct-to-video entry, Band Camp was originally an unrelated script. According to rumor the following two entries were as well, with Book of Love being the only DTV sequel that was intended as an American Pie movie from the start.
Odd in that Kevin is generally portrayed as being the leader of the guys, but he's also the most concerned with things like keeping traditions, staying together and so forth. He also tends to be the only one no one ever has a problem with.
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!".
Genre Relaunch: American Pie temporarily brought back the teen sex comedy genre, which had been popular in the early-to-mid 1980s before fading into obscurity.
Girl on Girl Is Hot: A huge scene in the second movie 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 in the second movie, 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.
Hand or Object Underwear: In the fourth, Jim covers himself with the lid of a pan. Then he's reminded that it's made of glass...
Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: Stiffler, being the macho-jerk that he is, always makes a big display of how much he hates homosexuality... but in spite of all that, if you are his friend he will be there to support and love you, gay or not.... just not in that manner.
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.
Hired for Their Looks: In American Reunion, Stifler tells 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."
Seann William Scott (Stifler, the dude who drank semen beer, gets peed on and throws the wildest parties)
Jennifer Coolidge (Stifler's Mom, the MILF)
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...
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.
Insult Backfire: The final exchanges between Stifler & Finch in American Wedding
The same for Stifler's younger brother, Matt, who gets better at the end of American Pie Presents: Band Camp.
Averted with Stifler's cousin, Erik, who is actually a Nice Guy (something that makes him different from the other Stiflers), and Erik's cousin, Dwight, who is more easy-going and well-liked by everyone.
In Reunion, we have AJ and Dr. Ron, both asshole boyfriends to Kara and Heather, respectively; and Ozís girlfriend Mia, who is a female version.
Jerkass Has a Point: In American Wedding, 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!
Jerk Jock: Again, Stifler. In the first film he plays on the high school lacrosse team.
Jizzed in My Pants: Perhaps the most famous movie example happens to Jim. Twice in as many minutes.
Gender flipped in Beta House.
Latin Lover: Oz spends much of Americn Pie 2 worried about his girlfriend living in a house of them while on Study Abroad.
Perverted Character Sweet Actor: In real life, Sean 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 Sean William Scott.
"The Reason You Suck" Speech: Stifler gives one to his boss in Reunion, 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 in Reunion 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
Right Through His Pants: Mocked in the first movie, when Jim is trying to watch porn while avoiding looking at the male star.
Road Apples: A later stage of the wedding ring rescue in American Wedding.
Rule of Three: Used as a sex indicator in the second movie, and the "Band camp" line in the first.
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 above.
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.
Say My Name: The femdom scene between Jim and Michelle at the end of the first movie.
Sequel Gap: If you ignore the direct-to-video sequels, American Reunion is the first with the original cast in 10 years.
Sequel Non-Entity: Chris in the third movie. 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.
Cadence is neither seen nor mentioned in American Reunion.
Sequel Reset: After seemingly making peace with the guys in Wedding, Stifler is back to his old self in Reunion, 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."
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).
Technology Marches On: Lampshaded in Reunion. 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.
The Talk: Played painfully straight in the first movie.