Fact is, with American Pie I can vividly remember wanting to watch it. I remember first watching it post-house party – a house party Mum and Dad shouldn’t have known about, but the did find out about it because of so many kitchen appliances being broken. My best friend – and fellow blogger Pete, you must remember this party. Legendary.
It was the early days of the DVD and, as one of the first ten or twenty I owned, I watched and rewatched it many times (certain sequences many, many times … but thats private and, as a teenager at the time, its allowed). But now, I look at my ‘threesome’ boxset and have to decide. Should it stay or should it go? I have never watched anything further than the third American Pie movie – American Pie: The Wedding. So, do I wait until I care enough to be a completist and watch the others (will I really watch them?) or, even await, the potential 2012 film: reuniting the original cast for American Pie 4?
Jim and his sock
The film primarily follows one character – Jim. Yes, we know all about his buddies, but we care about Jim. Nevertheless, it is fair to say that from a casting point of view we do have an ensemble cast all with the same ‘goal’. Akin to ‘Porkys’ they plan to lose their virginity. The thing about American Pie for me and my buddies is that we all associated ourselves with the different characters. The sports-like dude, the clever-but-clearly-a-geek dude, the friend-who-has-a-steady-girlfriend and then the middle-of-the-road-one with weird parents. I would assume I was that one with weird parents. Not to mention the parties we went to were not too unlike Stiflers … but with less sex. For me. Chances are that at these parties, behind the dark corners, dark deeds took place … which began in the rumour mill Monday morning in college.
The structure of the film is interesting as all the character have an anti-climax two-thirds into the film. So Finch’s plan to build a reputation fails when he shits in a girls toilet, Jim loses Nadia by breaking some type of surveillance law. I’m sure, if you did what Jim did yourself you wouldn’t be praised by anyone – you’d be simply called a perv. Kevin finds the bible but blows his chances of nookie by shouting a little too loud (in honesty, he rectifies this pretty quick…) and then the La Crosse fella played by Chris Klein, Oz, loses his girl when he appears to be mocking her (well, Stifler was mocking her, La Crosse man was merely a bystander).
Fact is, for a teenager…
I do love the film, but I am in two minds. I have grown out of these films, but I watched it so many times and I adore the characters. It even informed my music taste – introducing me to Bic Runga and her beautiful song ‘Sway’ and it made me take Blink 182 a little seriously (not much, just one song: Mutt). I think the important role the film – and the two sequels – played in my life is something I will cherish, and is the reason I am keen to re-watch all these films. There are problems (“Do you know Chris Finch?” to a classmate they have studied with for a whole year!) but I think it is a much better film than the average teenage-comedy and it has great heart. Not to mention Eugene Levy scene-stealing every single sequence he is involved in.
Wait a sec’ – its eleven years old! F*** me. I am old.
Tomorrow, we continue with American Pie 2 …