American Pie

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +3

Content: -4

The plot of AMERICAN PIE can be summed up in two words: teenage sex. Four high school senior buddies (Jason Biggs, Chris Klein, Thomas Ian Nicholas and Sean William Scott) make a pact to have sex the night of the senior prom. The story follows the various bumbling efforts of each determined boy trying to achieve his goal. The comical mishaps, misunderstandings and misery generated by their mission will either amuse or horrify, depending on the viewers sense of morality. AMERICAN PIE is being compared to THERES SOMETHING ABOUT MARY, last years huge box office hit. Our Entertainment rating is based on expected box office return, not the films quality.

Neither space nor good taste allows a detailed description of AMERICAN PIE. The opening self-gratification scene sets the pace for 90 minutes of graphic sexual antics. Equally offensive is an analogy of apple pie and sex which is too obscene to describe. A completely unrealistic sequence, with prolonged breast nudity, films an unsuspecting girl stripping in front of a computer rigged to transmit her image over the Internet. Later one of the boys joins her to continue a disastrous attempt to have sex while the whole high school watches with glee. Another couple decide that they are not ready for intercourse, so they engage in unconventional sex. The pressure to have sex permeates the student body, so bragging often exceeds the action. One boy is teased unmercifully about his bathroom habits, and when his friends lace a soda with a laxative, the results are disgusting. He redeems himself by having sex off-camera with the over-sexed mother of a classmate. One of the fathers realizes his sons sexual yearnings, gives him porn magazines and encourages him to entertain a female classmate in his room. Also included are 58 obscenities, several profanities and crudities. Teenage drunkenness, beer and alcohol drinking are treated as just part of growing up. An R rating is much too mild for AMERICAN PIE it definitely deserves its originally assigned NC-17 rating and should be boycotted for its portrayal of teenagers as out-of-control and obsessed with sex.

Preview Reviewer: Mary Draughon
Distributor:
20th Century Fox, 10201 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035

Summary
The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (12) timesMild 3, Moderate 9

Obscene Language: Many (58) times (f word 14, s word 23, other 21)

Profanity: Several (8) timesRegular 4 (GD 1, J 1, G 2), Exclamatory 4

Violence: Once (rough treatment during game of lacrosse)

Sex: Few times (once with graphic motions but no nudity) (teenagers having unconventional sex twice); implied few times (teenager with classmates mother; couples at party pair off in bedrooms)

Nudity: Once (prolonged scene of breast nudity); Near nudity a few times

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Incessant (graphic male and female self-gratification, explicit sexual talk, father gives son porn magazines, describes his own experiences, graphic analogy of apple pie and sex, failed attempts to have sex, boys use detailed handwritten sex manual, computer-generated live photos of couple attempting sex)

Drugs: Many times (teenagers drink hard liquor and beer; drunkenness)

Other: Crude bathroom humor when boy given laxative; boy mistakes glass of urine for beer; boy wets his pants in front of classmates)

Running Time:
Intended Audience: Older teenagers and adults


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