American Pie: Beta House

Movie review by
Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
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Raunchy college comedy is sexist, dumb, and boring.
  • NR
  • 2007
  • 89 minutes

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age 16+
Based on 2 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Sexism. Objectification of women. Asian stereotypes. Bestiality. Unsafe sex and references to unsafe sex in just about every way imaginable. You get the idea. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

White male college students are on an eternal quest to have sex as often as possible while binge-drinking. The president of a rival fraternity is discovered to be fond of bestiality. Fraternity rivals face off in a game of Russian roulette in which a gun is loaded with horse semen. The father of one of the incoming freshmen encourages his son to "crush some ass" and shows his son a list of "every chick I ever banged" and brags about a time he went on a "poontang bender." An extremely drunk college student vomits on a woman's cleavage at a party.

Violence

An ostrich attacks one of the characters. A character is punched and thrown out of a strip club when he runs onto the stage and asks if she will sign his rear end. A character is hit in the face with horse semen.

Sex

Occasional bare female breasts. Frequent and unrelenting discussion of sex. Masturbation humor. References to male and female ejaculation. A character walks in on a dorm room where it appears that two males are having sex with the same woman. Women are little more than objects and decoration throughout this movie. References to bestiality and sexual acts involving defecation. A woman opens a beer with her vagina. Sex with prostitutes is actively encouraged, as is sex with professors.

Language

Frequent and unrelenting profanity including "f--k," "motherf---ker," "bulls--t," "bitches," and "ass."

Consumerism

Part of the American Pie franchise.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Binge-drinking is glamorized with little to no consequences except for throwing up on a woman's breasts or blacking out and ending up in Mexico, and these moments are seen as amusing.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that American Pie: Beta House is a 2007 movie that is part of the American Pie movie series. The movie has lots of profanity (including "f--k"), binge-drinking without consequences, female nudity, and countless references to sex, including bestiality and sexual acts involving defecation. There is nothing redeeming about this movie in any way, shape, or form. In a time when date rape and sexual assault are finally receiving intense scrutiny on college campuses everywhere, this movie revels in encouraging white male frat boys to have consequence-free sex of all kinds and varieties, to binge-drink until they vomit on a woman's cleavage, and to see women as little more than decorative sex objects. The only adults in the movie actively encourage this behavior. Any feeble attempt at humor has been done so many times in so many similar movies dating back to Animal House, and the sheer unoriginality of the entire thing is merely the tip of the proverbial iceberg when it comes to the myriad ways in which this movie is unwatchable. A horrible movie, by any standard. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byGeorge M. May 7, 2018

Sexiest in the franchise and the worst.

Boring, the only redeeming feature is Eugene Levy.
Adult Written byfarhan b. October 13, 2017

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What's the story?

Erik Stifler and Mike "Cooze" Coozeman are off to start college, driven to campus by Erik's father (Christopher McDonald), who brags of his past sexual prowess and encourages the boys to go "crush some ass." Within minutes of arriving in his dorm building, Erik walks in on potential love interest Ashley as she takes a shower in the coed bathrooms and then walks in on his roommate Bobby having sex with his girlfriend. Once they're moved in, Erik, Cooze, and Bobby pay a visit to Beta House, a fraternity known for hedonistic parties and legendary collegiate antics, whose president is Erik's cousin Dwight. They pledge the fraternity and are given a list of 50 tasks to accomplish -- tasks ranging from getting a stripper to sign their rear ends to having sex with a faculty member. As this is happening, Erik tries to go on a date with Ashley but accidentally ejaculates all over her possessions while she tries to clean up his pants after an unfortunate incident at a restaurant involving soup; and Cooze is starting to worry that his love interest, Ashley's roommate Denise, actually has a penis since she's so reluctant to have intercourse with him. Beta House has trouble of its own in the form of the rival fraternity Geek House -- a frat filled with tech geniuses who want nothing more than to see Beta House perish off the face the campus. The only way for the two rival frats to settle their dispute is through an Olympiad officiated by Beta House alumnus Noah Levenstein (Eugene Levy), a series of contests ranging from binge drinkathons, greased pig catching, and a form of Russian roulette in which horse semen is substituted for bullets. Beta House must find a way to win the Olympiad and continue their reign as the kings of the campus party scene. 

Is it any good?

There is really nothing interesting, entertaining, or redeeming about American Pie: Beta House. Any attempt at humor has been done in one form or another in so many ways since 1977's Animal House that even the most casual familiarity with party-centric college movies will have the viewer thinking at least five moves ahead before the predictable-enough punch line involving either walking in on people in compromising positions or the expulsion of various bodily fluids. Furthermore, the obvious and appalling takeaway from this movie -- especially in light of date rape and sexual assaults on our nation's campuses -- is that women are little more than attractive objects to try to have sex with. 

Of course, as part of a franchise that had worn out its welcome by the time this sequel was released in 2007, one is supposed to regard this as "mindless entertainment," a not-too-bright foray into frat-boy fantasies of "hot chicks" and "awesome parties" and vast rivers of alcohol. No one expects a cinematic masterpiece, but one would expect, at the very least, a comedy to be at least a little bit funny and scenes of "wild" college parties and fraternity hijinks not to be so boring and played-out. It's a tedious movie with no worthwhile reason to exist. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about college-themed party movies. How do movies such as these accurately reflect what occurs on college campuses, and in what ways does it exaggerate what goes on?

  • How are women represented in this movie? 

  • Could a college-themed party comedy movie be made that does not resort to celebrating binge-drinking, objectifying women, presenting a college student's "coming of age" as being little more than sex for the sake of sex, and drinking alcohol until vomiting? Why, or why not?

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