American Pie (1999)

CHRIS WEITZ, PAUL WEITZ

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5

USA, 1999, , , .  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , Chris Weitz, .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .

Four teenagers make a pact that they will get laid in their last year of high school before heading off to college. The ridiculous situations they find themselves in, including a practice session with the titular food, make up the bulk of this crass, irreverent, sometimes sweet but mostly hilarious comedy that succeeds thanks to a highly appealing cast and expedient writing and direction. There seems to be a healthy level of awareness on the part of directors Chris and Paul Weitz that this Porky’s for the millennium is as much a satire on the obsession with youthful sexuality as it is an indulgence in it. , as the poor shmoe who gets the most attention, leads the cast with guileless bravado, while cast members , , ,  and  among others provide terrific support. The best moments, however, come from ‘s hilarious scene as the mother of party animal  (here making a notable debut). Followed by a worthless sequel.

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