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American Pie Review

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  • 75

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    USA Today Mike Clark

    The presence of "Election's" Chris Klein as the male contingent's most sensitive member only emphasizes how much smarter that high school comedy was.

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  • 75

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    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    A lively, disposable hybrid of the sincere and the synthetic.

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  • 75

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    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    It is not inspired, but it's cheerful and hard-working and sometimes funny, and--here's the important thing--it's not mean.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 16 & under

Ultra-raunchy sex comedy is a teen fave -- beware.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that teens talk about having sex explicitly in this film. Girls and boys masturbate, as well as give and get oral sex. There's discussion and depiction of premature ejaculation and faking orgasm, and boys talk about lying to girls to get them to sleep with them. And mostly, teens try to find out about sex without talking to their parents. This is a case where it would be good to watch the film ahead of teens, all of whom know about the series and probably want to watch it.

  • Families can talk about what teens think of sex, how many of their friends they think are having sex, and what parents think of teens having sex. It's also a good opportunity for parents to answer whatever questions teens may have, both about values surrounding sex and about safe sex.
  • Parents may also want to put an over-the-top comedy like this in perspective. The antics of these sex-crazed teens come at you fast and furiously, making some of the laughs mostly about the shock value. What other movies and TV shows reach for a laugh this way? (Jackass and South Park are a good start to the list.)
  • Do you think some teens will feel pressured about sex before they're ready by watching a movie like American Pie? Or do you think it's just a funny situation comedy?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Guys lie to each other and to girls to get them to have sex. Jim secretly records a girl changing her clothes and then masturbating to pornography without her permission or knowledge and broadcasts it to everyone in school. Finch pays a girl to lie about how good he is in bed and give him a good reputation.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: Lacrosse player Oz joins the jazz choir to meet a girl, but ends up showing he sincerely cares when he leaves a lacrosse championship to perform a duet with her in a choir competition.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Not applicable

  • sex false3

    Sex: Lots of raunchy sexual discussion as well as sexual behavior, including viewing a porno, masturbation, boys and girls giving and getting oral sex, taping a girl (without her knowledge) who's changing and masturbating, and, of course, having sex with a pie. In the end, several couples have sex, including one mother and a teenage boy.

  • language false3

    Language: Lots of profane and explicit sexual language, including "f--k," "giving head," and "p---y," as well as "b---hes, "s--thead," and "damn."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Lots of teen drinking, including beer, shots, and drinking in the morning. Stifler's mom smokes.