Follows four high school friends through their sexually frustrated senior year as they strive for the most eagerly anticipated rite of adulthood: losing one's virginity. This sweet treat offers an affectionate look at a time in our lives when we try to hold onto our dignity - and end up failing miserably.
Well, yes, it`s another teen sex comedy that tries not to pull too many punches... it`s about four friends in their final year of high school who make a pact to lose their virginity on or before the night of the school prom... oh dear. But American Pie actually creates four likeable characters out of its inept heroes... they are Oz (Chris Klein), a lacrosse jock who gets desperate enough to join a choral group, Kevin (Thomas Ian Nicholas) who actually has a girlfriend but can`t talk her past third base, Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas), an intellectual type who`s so uptight he can`t ever go to the toilet at school and Jim, Jason Biggs, who not only has a problem talking to girls, he`s got a problem father (Eugene Levy) who`s mortifyingly trying to help him score... Some of the humour is just adolescent, but then some of it is hilarious. It may sound strange but there`s a sweetness to this film which purports to be just about sex, but in the end it`s about these young men putting sex into perspective in their lives, in a variety of ways. The performers, largely unknown, although Chris Klein has a rather similar role in Election, are charming, especially the nerdy and hair challenged Jason Biggs. The girls are almost immaterial, except for Tara Reid who plays Kevin`s girlfriend and who has to work through her own sexual agenda and Natasha Lyonne whose manipulative role is significant... This is the first film as director for Paul Weitz, his brother Chris was one of the producers, and it`s the debut screenplay for writer Adam Herz.... I think they`ve done quite well... David`s comments: To its credit, the film has a single-mindedness about its reason for existence; and it probably accurately depicts the sexual obsessions of high-school students who just want to `do it` before school is over. The insistence of grossout humour, something it inherits from "There`s Something About Mary", is likely to endear it to kids and repel everyone else. There are some nice performances, especially Chris Klein. The direction is functional.