Parents' Guide to

American Pie

By Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

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

Movie R 1999 110 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 21 parent reviews

age 14+

the movie

Very good movie recommend 10/10
age 10+

Funny classic middle schoolers and up

Vital for middle schoolers they should watch is before high school and it’s funny also it teaches an important lesson. Just watch it.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (21 ):
Kids say (51 ):

More than anything, American Pie exploits teen anxiety about sex. One boy, Chuck Sherman (Chris Owens), spends the night at a party talking to a girl and getting close to her, then turns around and acts like they spent the night having sex -- much to the girl's anger. Then there are are the pricelessly funny sex talks between Jim and his dad (played with virtuosic dorkiness by Eugene Levy), and the performance anxiety of boys and girls trying to figure out how to relate to each other -- or not -- among the pressure from their friends to have sex and the pressure from their parents not to have sex. It's funny precisely because it's uncomfortable.

AMERICAN PIE upholds the tradition of horny teenage sex comedies made famous by the R-rated Porky's. The film is likely to entertain teens who are already thinking about sex, and its gross-out humor will appeal to fans of There's Something About Mary.

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