American Pie

release year: 1999
genre: high school comedy
viewing setting: home DVD, 3/16/02

synopsis: Four guys make a pact to lose their virginity by the end of their senior year.

impressions: Crude but funny. The basic plot setup mentioned above allows for all sorts of hilarious antics. Each of the guys comes up with one or more plans to accomplish the goal, most of which backfire or set them up for embarassment. There are also various other characters who are trying for just about the same thing but have their own problems. It's highly entertaining and sometimes gross, but that's what should be expected from a good high-school sex comedy.

things to watch for: The Shannon Elizabeth webcam striptease.

acting: Pretty good. About all the usual stereotypes are represented here, and everybody has something to contribute. I don't want to go into a detailed analysis of a dozen good roles here; just watch the movie and see what grabs your attention (someone surely will.)

final word: Funny, well worth seeing.

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