Trivia / American Pie

  • Actor Allusion:
    • During Jessica's cameo in American Reunion, she announces that "I'm a lesbian now." Natasha Lyonne played a lesbian character in But I'm a Cheerleader the same year the original American Pie was released. With an added Call-Back as Stifler says "I Knew It!!", given that in the second movie:
    Stifler: How many girls did you sleep with this year?
    Jessica: Wouldn't you like to know?
    Stifler: Fuck yeah I would.
    • In American Reunion, Stiffler says that New Moon is his favourite book in The Twilight Saga. Chris Weitz directed the film version.
    • The fourth film's wish list also mentions something about a vampire slayer, as a clear nod to Alyson Hannigan's role in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
    • When Stiffler meets Finch's mother, she says "are you ready for me?" - as a nod to Rebecca De Mornay's scene in Risky Business where she says the same thing to Tom Cruise.
    • Jay Harrington had also played a Dr Ron in Desperate Housewives.
  • Advertised Extra: Natasha Lyonne is on the poster for the fourth film, when she only has a cameo.
  • Banned in China: The movie was banned in Malaysia.
  • Copycat Cover: As a nod to the original film and overall series, the poster for American Reunion (2012) mimics the poster for American Pie (1999).
  • Corpsing:
    • Jason Biggs can be seen trying not to laugh at Eugene Levy's "giant orgy" line.
    • In the second movie, Natasha Lyonne was genuinely cracking up at the line asking how many women she's slept with.
    • The lesbian scene in the second film has lots of shots that omit Finch (despite him being there too) because Eddie Kaye Thomas kept bursting out laughing at Seann William Scott's antics.
  • The Danza: Chris Klein as Chris Ostreicher, and John Cho and Justin Isfeld as the MILF Guys, John and Justin. Eugene Levy's character was named as Eugene on the movie's official website (but is not said in the film). Later films changed it to Noah.
  • Dawson Casting:
    • Alyson Hannigan, Shannon Elizabeth, and Tara Reid were 24 during production of the first film; Seann William Scott was 22 and John Cho was 27. They all play high school seniors.
    • The main four-man band generally averts this; they were 18-20 to start. (Jason Biggs 20, Chris Klein 19, Eddie Kaye Thomas and Thomas Ian Nicholas 18).
  • Deleted Role: Chris Penn filmed scenes as Stifler's dad in the second film, but they were cut after negative reactions from test audiences.
  • Direct-to-Video: The "American Pie Presents" Spin-offs. Made Canon Discontinuity with the release of the fourth theatrical film.
  • Fake Nationality:
    • Jason Biggs has mentioned being confused about why he is typically cast as a Jewish character, despite not being Jewish himself in real life.
    • Shannon Elizabeth of course is American playing the Russian student Nadia.
  • Harpo Does Something Funny: Eugene Levy was told he could improvise most of his dialogue.
  • I Am Not Spock: Examples.
    • Jason Biggs (Jim, the dude who fucked a pie [Lampshaded in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back]; although he's starting to escape this with Orange Is the New Black)
    • 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 Want You to Meet an Old Friend of Mine: Neil Patrick Harris cameos in the fourth film. He co-stars with Alyson Hannigan on How I Met Your Mother and had cameo'd in Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle with John Cho.
  • 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.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Stifler's little brother is played by Eli Marienthal in the first two films, but by Tad Hilgenbrink (as a high school senior) in the spin-off movie, Band Camp.
    • Surprisely averted like hell in the Japanese dubs, despite the time gap between sequels. Keep in mind Japanese dubs (and many foreign dubs, for that matter) tends to change voice actors between sequels when the voice actors aren't available or already deceased, but the Japanese one managed to keep almost all the voice actors from previous films, even the ones who voiced minor roles.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot:
    • Michelle's fast way of talking came from the fact that Alyson Hannigan really had to pee before her call-back audition.
    • Jim had to be written out of the golf conversation between Kevin and Finch because Jason Biggs had fallen ill after taking too many zinc supplements.
  • The Red Stapler: The movie didn't invent the term 'MILF' but it sure popularised it.
  • Sequel Gap: If you ignore the direct-to-video sequels, American Reunion is the first film with the original cast in 10 years.
  • Similarly Named Works: Eugene Levy was also starring in an indie film called American Pie while shooting this one (the working title being 'East Great Falls High'). The indie changed its name to The Secret Life of Girls.
  • Star-Making Role: Seann William Scott as Stifler. Tara Reid, Alyson Hannigan, and Eugene Levy were well-established at the time. The rest of the cast hasn't been... quite as lucky. John Cho would have his time come later.
  • Those Two Actors: In addition to the films in this franchise, Eugene Levy and Jennifer Coolidge have co-starred many times. Ironically, their characters didn't actually share a scene until American Reunion.
  • Throw It In:
    • Michelle dominating Jim in bed was thought up by Alyson Hannigan. Everyone immediately went for it.
    • Finch's scooter breaking down outside the hot dog shop was unplanned, but so funny the directors left it in.
  • Unintentional Period Piece:
    • The first movie was made in 1999, and it shows through right from the opening scene, in which Jim uses grainy, scrambled cable channels and print magazines as masturbation aids. The characters could also be forgiven for thinking that Czechoslovakia was still one country, as the "Velvet Divorce" between the Czech Republic and Slovakia had only happened six years prior. The big one, though, is the scene of Jim's Home Porn Movie Gone Horribly Wrong. Not only was this a time when streaming video and internet memes were still cute novelties, it was also a time before 'revenge porn' became a major concern. Today, Stifler (and possibly Jim as well, for being a part of it) likely would've faced legal reprimand and jail time for filming Nadia naked without her consent.
    • The second and third films likewise bled into the early '00s, especially with their soundtracks.
    • The fourth film, 2012's American Reunion, lampshades this during the scene where Jim returns to his childhood bedroom for the first time in years; the computer is an old brick with a bulky, plug-in webcam, and his Porn Stash sits hidden under an old issue of Consumer Reports hyping the Y2K problem.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • A scene was scripted with Jim's younger brother walking in on him in a "sexual act", but it was never filmed.
    • The first draft of the script had Stifler's first name being Ryan instead of Steve, and Paul Finch as Paul French.
    • Alyson Hannigan was approached to play Heather instead. She chose to play Michelle, finding her funnier.
    • Bill Paxton was cast as Stifler's dad but had to drop out. John C McGinley also auditioned for the same role.
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