American Pie Presents: Girls' Rules

Movie review by
Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media
American Pie Presents: Girls' Rules Movie Poster Image
Explicit sex, language, parties in female-led franchise film
  • R
  • 2020
  • 95 minutes

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 4 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Teenage girls are the masters of their own sexuality and emotions.

Positive Role Models

Friends support each other. Everyone needs someone who's kind to them in a relationship.

Violence

Annie gets stuck at the top of an iron fence as she sneaks into her boyfriend's house. She nearly chokes on a dental dam, which her boyfriend gets out of her by using the Heimlich. He then urges her out his second-story window when his parents come to the door, and she falls into the bushes below. Michelle runs into things, getting a bloody lip and a bruised forehead, whenever she sees a certain boy. In another scene, she hits another boy with her car, apparently breaking his leg.

Sex

Teen couples kiss and have sex. Two of their parents also begin an affair and talk pretty explicitly about it with their kids. One naked female bottom. A teenager dresses up as a kind of dominatrix to get the school principal fired -- he's seen handcuffed and excited by her outfit, whip, and talk of being his "strip slave." Two girls are shown using dental dams to practice oral sex. In another scene, a boy gives a girl oral sex then surprises her with (we assume) the size of his penis. Boys and girls both masturbate alone under blankets, and a girl appears to have an orgasm while wearing vibrating underwear and trying to have "cybersex" with her masturbating boyfriend (who keeps shouting he's going to "pop"). One character has a drawer full of vibrators and takes her friend to a sex toy store, where they have an explicit conversation, aided by visuals including a rubber vagina, about what the toys do and where they go. They have another frank conversation there with a woman who turns out to be the new school principal (and Grant's mom). A girl regularly wears Kegel balls inside her vagina, which fall out at awkward moments.

Language

Lots of sex and anatomy talk: "penis," "vagina," "oyster," "d--k," "bang," "poophole," "clit," "sphincter," "p---y," "f--kbuddies," "c--k-block," "ex sex," and "cybersex." Other language includes "ass," "f--k," "motherf--ker," "s--t," "bulls--t," "bitch," "suck it," "MoFos," "douchebag," "damn," and "damnit."

Consumerism

Michigan State University, iPhone, Converse, Harry Potter, Waieakea water, Jansport, Volvo, Adidas, Ben & Jerry's.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A teen's dad smokes a bong. Most kids at a teen beach party appear to be drinking from kegs or straight out of liquor and champagne bottles. At a college party, people pour random alcoholic drinks into a freshman boy's mouth as he tries to talk on the phone. At a later house party, teens drink out of plastic cups and one girl gets in her car to drive afterwards, running into a classmate, all played for comedy. Teens talk about getting "f--ked up."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that American Pie Presents: Girls' Rules is explicit about teen sex and partying, and it normalizes both. Girls have sex with boys and masturbate with tools like vibrators, balls, or vibrating underwear. They talk frankly about what they want, use, and like, teasing a friend for still being a virgin or wanting sex to be safe (she has tried to use a dental dam for oral sex). Sex and anatomy talk includes "penis," "vagina," "oyster," "dick," "bang," "poophole," "clit," "sphincter," "p--y," "f--kbuddies" and "c--k-block." Other language includes "ass," "f--k," "motherf--ker," "s--t," "bulls--t," "bitch," "suck it," "MoFos," "damn," "damnit," and "douchebag." One scene sees a teenage girl posing as a sex slave with a whip and handcuffs in order to film the eager principal and get him fired. In another, a girl and her boyfriend are both masturbating while having "cybersex" and she appears to climax while wearing vibrating underwear. Other scenes show both males and females having sex and oral sex (no private parts seen). Teenagers drink heavily at parties, from kegs, plastic cups, and straight out of bottles. A college freshman has drinks poured into his mouth by other people while he's trying to talk on the phone, and a high school girl hits a boy in her car when she leaves a party. A dad smokes a bong and teens talk about getting "f--ked up." Other parents, including the new school principal, seem to encourage sex.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bycoreyprinz February 3, 2021
Adult Written byAngelgirl77 December 9, 2020

Not good

Really, it's just the same as any of the "presents" Movies...in which they just aren't good omg.

They should have just stuck with the origi... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bygurgle42 February 28, 2021
Teen, 14 years old Written byClorox bleach February 13, 2021

Unfunny cash grab

This movie was incredibly unfunny and it was just a stupid feminist movie that was marketed as “American pie presents”. This was a waste of 1 hour and 35 minute... Continue reading

What's the story?

Four female friends make a pact to fix their romantic and sexual lives before the school's big prom dance in AMERICAN PIE PRESENTS: GIRLS' RULES. The friends include party girl Stephanie Stifler (Lizze Broadway), uber-jealous Kayla (Piper Curda), smart and single Michelle (Natasha Behnam), and innocent Annie (Madison Pettis), who is dedicated to her college freshman boyfriend, Jason (Zayne Emory). Each girl has her own problems, and the friends promise to hold each other accountable and support each other in their efforts. That is, until new kid Grant (Darren Barnet) shows up, becoming an object of attention for all four girls. In their pursuit of Grant, each girl will discover something new about herself.

Is it any good?

This movie is what it is, and it's not much more: teenagers partying and talking about, planning, having, or wanting sex. There's also pie and awkward parents, of course. At this point in the franchise, viewers know what to expect with American Pie Presents: Girls' Rules. Here the makers have flipped the narrative to make the girls the protagonists, complete with explicit discussions and depictions of female arousal. There's talk of "female empowerment," though this seems mostly defined by sexual fulfillment and the using or one-upping of male peers. It's the same single-minded bravado, only in female form.

None of the later American Pie Presents films has elicited as much attachment to the characters as the original four American Pie films, and this installment is a good example of why. For the first half of the film, the girls swagger and stumble from scene to scene with no existential concerns beyond having a good time. It's only in the second half that they reveal some humanity, in the form of actual emotional needs. "High school is the worst, and you think it's never going to end," an adult tells a teen. From her lips to the franchise backers' ears.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how American Pie Presents: Girls' Rules portrays teen sexuality and alcohol use. Does it feel true to life? Why or why not?

  • How does this film compare with others in the franchise?

  • The film makes use of a split screen at different times. Why use this technique? What does it add to the narrative?

  • There are some references to '80s films in this movie. Did you catch any?

  • Does the movie show consequences for teen drinking

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