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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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 & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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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."
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Products & Purchases
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."
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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