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American Pie

Ultra-raunchy sex comedy is a teen fave -- beware.
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  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 1999
  • Running Time: 110 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive 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.

Positive 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.

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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.


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

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

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

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.

What's the story?

In AMERICAN PIE, Jim (Jason Biggs) is among the least experienced of his friends. He hasn't gotten to "third base," which his friends describe as feeling like "hot apple pie." While Jim is busy experimenting with scrambled porn and, well, his mom's baked goods, he and his buddies make a pact to lose their virginity before graduation. That means they've got to meet girls, break down their girlfriends' defenses about sex, and convince their classmates that they're more experienced than they are.

Is it any good?


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.

Families can talk about...

  • 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?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:July 1, 1999
DVD/Streaming release date:December 21, 1999
Cast:Chris Klein, Jason Biggs, Mena Suvari
Directors:Gavin Hood, Paul Weitz
Studio:Universal Pictures
Topics:High school
Run time:110 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:strong sexuality, crude sexual dialogue, language and drinking, all involving teens

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Teen, 15 years old Written byevolinag August 26, 2011

Funny teenage comedy is sexual, but handable for teens.

Some people will hate me now by giving the movie this low rating but i watched this movie at the age of 10 and i managed to handle it. There is strong sexual content that some others might not can handle but with a parential guidance this movie can be watched by anyone 12 and up. There are frequent strong references, a scene of oral sex and a scenes of masturbation. All for comic effect and not meant to be pornographic. The movie itself is a cult classic of comedy. Though i usually dislike teenage comedies this one is funny and something i can always laugh about, no matter how often i watch it.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Teen, 14 years old Written byBabyBri84 June 20, 2010

Ridiculous but funny

1st of all you don't go make a pack with your friends then go off and see who can loose there viginity 1st. (Guys, i just dont get it lol). I think that would influence young kids to go off and loose thier viginity with someone random, when they dont even know a thing. But i was laughing the whole time
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 13 years old Written byasecoolish February 2, 2011

not for kids

this is excruciatingly funny but its over the top extremely raunchy parents i don't think you want to let your kids watch it until there old enough but i think mature teens and adults would enjoy this but for goodness sake do not bring this out on family movie night.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking