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  • Banned in China: The movie was banned in Malaysia.
  • 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.
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    • 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 Czech Foreign Exchange 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)
    • Seann William Scott (Stifler, the dude who drank semen beer, gets peed on and throws the wildest parties)
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    • Jennifer Coolidge (Stifler's Mom, the MILF).
  • Method Acting: Alyson Hannigan stayed in character after shooting her scenes, as she would anoint herself by continuing to talk off-camera, like her quirky character Michelle, by ending sentences with a superfluous question mark.
  • 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.
    • Surprisingly 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.
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  • The Red Stapler: The movie didn't invent the term 'MILF' but it sure popularised it.
  • Role-Ending Misdemeanor: Jason Biggs had to do the sex scene himself because his body double showed up with an eight-inch-long scar across his stomach and was subsequently fired because of 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, while Natasha Lyonne would experience a Career Resurrection with Orange Is the New Black.
  • 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.
    • Eliza Dushku was considered for a role in this film.
    • Bill Murray was considered for Noah Levenstein.
    • Bill Paxton was cast as Stifler's dad but had to drop out. John C Mc Ginley also auditioned for the same role.
    • In the second film, The Adventures of Timmy the Tooth was not the first choice for the show played on Jim's TV. According to the DVD commentary, the creators originally wanted to use Teletubbies, but switched to Timmy the Tooth, which was owned by Universal's home video arm at the time, MCA-Universal Home Entertainment, after they couldn't get the rights.
  • Working Title: When submitting his script to studios, screenwriter Adam Herz titled it, Untitled Teenage Sex Comedy That Can Be Made For Under $10 Million That Most Readers Will Probably Hate But I Think You Will Love. It was later changed to Untitled Teenage Sex Project, East Great Falls High, then Great Falls, and finally, American Pie.


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