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 two direct sequels: American Pie 2 (2001) and American Wedding (2003).
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 "third base 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.
Since the conclusion of the American Pie trilogy, featuring the courtship and marriage of the characters Jim Levenstein and Michelle Flaherty, the American Pie name has gone on to be used as an entity similar to the National Lampoon film series. American Pie has spawned three spin-off films: American Pie Presents: Band Camp - which was a direct to video release from 2005 - and American Pie Presents: The Naked Mile - which was released on DVD in December 2006. The latest film, American Pie Presents: Beta House, was released in 2007.
Set in 1999, four Michigan high school seniors make a pact to lose their virginity before their high school graduation after a geeky classmate, Chuck Sherman (Chris Owen) claims to have done so at a party at fellow classmate Steve Stifler's (Seann William Scott) house.
Kevin Myers (Thomas Ian Nicholas), the initiator of the pact, tries to repair his relationship with his girlfriend Vicky (Tara Reid) after they have a serious fight at the party when she accuses him of only being with her for sex. Chris 'Oz' Ostreicher (Chris Klein), who is on the high school lacrosse team with Stifler, joins the jazz choir to pick up girls, as the girls in the band know little of his insensitive jock reputation. Paul Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas), the mochaccino-drinking sophisticate, pays Vicky's friend Jessica (Natasha Lyonne) $200 to spread rumours around the school of his sexual prowess, hoping that it will increase his chances of success.
Jim Levenstein (Jason Biggs) pursues Nadia (Shannon Elizabeth), an exchange student from (former) Czechoslovakia. After she comes to Jim's house to study with him, she has to change clothes after her ballet practice, so Stifler convinces Jim to set up a web-cam so they can watch her change. Jim quickly heads over to Kevin's house to watch with him. Once he gets there Nadia is seen on the computer discovering his pornography collection hidden in his dresser, and instead of being offended, she begins looking through it while masturbating.
Kevin urges Jim to go back home, saying this is his best opportunity to lose his virginity. Jim arrives and Nadia orders him to strip. Meanwhile, it becomes apparent that he had incorrectly addressed the email with the web-cam link to Kevin and Stifler, having instead sent the link to every mailbox in the school directory; virtually the entire student body are watching.
As Jim slowly caresses her leg up to her genitals, he climaxes prematurely. As Nadia is about to leave, he convinces her to stay, but upon seeing her nude and touching her pubic area, he climaxes prematurely again, humiliating himself in front of the entire student body. In his desperation, Jim asks band geek Michelle Flaherty (Alyson Hannigan) to the senior prom, as she is apparently the only girl at his school who did not see what happened.
Finch, meanwhile, has his own problems. Stifler, angry that a girl turned him down for the prom because she was waiting for Finch to ask her, puts a laxative into Finch's mochaccino. Finch, being paranoid about the lack of cleanliness in the school restrooms, and unable to go home to use the toilet as he usually does, is convinced by Stifler to use the girls' restroom. After, he emerges before all the other students at school, humiliated and is left dateless.
At the prom, everything seems hopeless for the four boys until Vicky asks the girl that Chuck Sherman claimed to have bedded about her "first time". She proclaims to everyone at the prom that she and Sherman did not have sex at Stifler's party, leaving Sherman embarrassed and making him wet himself. The revelation takes the pressure off of Jim, Kevin, Oz and Finch, and they head to the post-prom party with new hope.
At the after-party at Stifler's house, all four boys fulfil their pledge. Kevin and Vicky have made-up and have sex in an upstairs bedroom, but the act is very awkward. Vicky breaks up with Kevin afterwards on the grounds that they will drift apart when they go to college, with him attending the University of Michigan and her at Ithaca.
Oz confesses the pact to Heather (Mena Suvari), a girl from the jazz choir, and renounces it, saying that just by them being together makes him a winner. They fall in love, begin a relationship, and ends up making love on the porch, though the reformed Oz never admits that they did.
Finch strays downstairs to the basement recreation room where he meets Stifler's mother (Jennifer Coolidge). She is aroused by his maturity, and they have sex on the pool table. Stifler finds them together in the morning and faints.
Jim and Michelle have sex after he finds out that she saw the "Nadia Incident" after all. She accepted his offer to be his date because of it, knowing he was a "sure thing", but she makes him wear two condoms to combat his earlier 'problem' with Nadia. Jim is surprised by Michelle's unexpectedly aggressive behaviour in bed. In the morning he wakes up to find her gone, she used him for a one-night stand, which Jim thinks is "cool".
The morning after the prom Jim, Kevin, Oz and Finch eat breakfast at their favourite restaurant where they toast to "the next step".
In the film, the town is called "East Great Falls" and the high school sports the same school colours - blue and yellow - along with a similar mascot - the Trailblazers instead of the Pioneers. The restaurant hangout Dog Years is based on Yesterdog, a popular hotdog restaurant in the nearby Eastown neighbourhood of Grand Rapids. The "Central Chicks" and "Central" Lacrosse team that East Great Falls plays against is an amalgam of nearby Forest Hills Central High School and Grand Rapids Central High School.
The movie was actually filmed in Southern California, most notably in Long Beach using Robert A. Millikan High School (of the Long Beach Unified School District) in exterior shots and Long Beach Polytechnic High School in interior shots, whose school colours are also blue and yellow, or gold (in the same neighborhood where Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Donnie Darko were filmed).
Although they were featured in the movie, The Ventures' "Walk, Don't Run", Third Eye Blind's "Semi-Charmed Life", Oleander's "I Walk Alone", BT's "Anomaly (Calling Your Name)", Hole's "Celebrity Skin", Everclear's "Everything to Everyone" and Harvey Danger's "Flagpole Sitta" were not included on the soundtrack.
The song "Following A Star" by Duke Daniels plays during the montage in which the characters prepare for their prom but is also not included on the soundtrack.
Also omitted is one of the last songs played — Barenaked Ladies' "One Week", which is also played during the first party at Stifler's house. A brief clip of "At Last" by Etta James; also not included in the soundtrack, is heard when Jim is walking over to Nadia at Stifler's party.