Here we have a title from back when I was in high school, along with all of the characters present. I fully consider this one to largely be my generations ultimate raunchy teen comedy. It follows in the footsteps of movies like 'Meatballs' or 'Porky's', and provides us with a lot of sexual humour among a group of relatable teenagers.
The film centers on four best friends, Jim (Jason Biggs); the quiet and awkward geek who bad stuff just keeps happening to, Kevin (Thomas Ian Nicholas); the film's ultimate plot device, Oz (Chris Klein); the sensitive jock, and Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas) the eccentrically cultured, sort of unusual one.
While at a party, at their acquaintance Stifler's (Seann William Scott), they discover that the geekiest kid in school managed to have sex before them. As a result, Kevin has the four make a pact to "get laid" before school ends; prom being the night it all goes down.
Kevin has a bit of a head start with his girlfriend, Vicky (Tara Reid), Jim tries very hard to impress exchange student, Nadia (Sannon Elizabeth), with the off the wall help of his now famous Dad (Eugene Levy), Oz meets a lovely young lady named Heather (Mena Suvari) and works his honest and sensitive side, and Finch manages to start very positive rumors about himself that spread around the school. On the whole, the plot is actually pretty shallow, and as a stand-alone movie, this ends up being kinda dated.
However, speaking for myself, the charm that comes from 'American Pie' is what follows afterwards. If you watch the four main titles featuring the original cast, you can actually get a pretty sweet, if predictable love story out of it between Jim and well-developed band geek character, Michelle (Alyson Hannigan). It's actually a cool development to watch, giving way to the idea that sometimes that person you don't think much of can work their way into your heart. I mean, I guess spoiler alert, but c'mon... there have been three sequels to this, one of which is 'American Wedding' so... yeah.
The only real problem I have with this one is the way it ends. There's actually a very valuable lesson to be learned in this movie that's essentially about getting yourself laid. Jim has a moment of dialogue with Kevin, you see his point, and the movie really could have ended on a positive note... but things kinda just happen anyway, and it puts a bit of a damper on the whole lesson.
With fair warning, even though this ends up on my Suggestions page, not everyone will end up liking this one. It's pretty dated, being a 1999 film, and I think I know just as many people who hate this as love it. But I feel like if you were sort of on the more unpopular side of things back in high school (as I was), you'll get something out of this, even if it's very little - especially if you went to school during this time.