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Jim (Jason Biggs), Oz (Chris Klein), Kevin (Thomas Ian Nicholas), and Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas) face the prospect of - shock, horror - graduating a virgin. Losing IT, or scoring, is the prime objective, but how to do that is fraught with risk and impediment. A choirgirl, Heather (Mena Suvari), Kevin's long time girlfriend, Vicky (Tara Reid), Nadia (Shannon Elizabeth), a foreign exchange student, are all likely scores, while Jessica (Natasha Lyonne) is a source of worldly wisdom. And there is no easy score . . . and when it does come to the crunch, strange things happen to the would-be Casanovas.

"Listening to the commentary by director Paul Weitz and a happy group comprising producer, screen writer and three cast members including Jason Biggs, you get the feeling that everyone had a ball making this movie. It's lighthearted banter, with plenty of insights behind the scenes. Weitz confides that as a first time director, he was at first a little insecure at voicing those famous words 'action' and 'cut', but got the swing of it very quickly. He explains he wanted the film to have a retro feel, and made sure that not too much technology was used. American Pie is full of great movie moments. Take the scene in Chapter 7 when Dad (Eugene Levy) gives Jim (Jason Biggs) that memorable father/son facts of life lesson. Levy improvised much of this, including the descriptive tropical plant line. And as for the famous Apple Pie scene in Chapter 9, you might be interested to see another version in one of the outtakes. In the Spotlight on Location, we briefly meet the cast and crew and hear about their characters. You can read all about the making of the movie in the DVD Rom features: there's info on the stars and a slide show. And most impressively, you can listen to music clips from the 13 tracks. Quality of picture and sound are superb, and the navigation is dead simple. That means you can enjoy this movie with a few cold ones on the side. Presented in widescreen (16.9 enhanced, preserving the original 1.85:1 theatrical aspect), American Pie is fun entertainment with hours of special features as an added bonus."
Louise Keller

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CAST: Jason Biggs, Chris Klein, Natasha Lyonne, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Tara Reid, Mena Suvari and Eugene Levy

DIRECTOR: Paul Weitz

RUNNING TIME: 91 minutes

DVD Distributor: Columbia TriStar

DVD Release: February 14, 2000

RRP: $39.5

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