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All Movie Guide -It's said that most American men think about sex once every two or three minutes, but this statistic would seriously underestimate the horniness of Jim Jason Biggs, a high school senior in suburban Michigan. In American Pie, Jim is thoroughly obsessed with sex, a fact of which his parents become aware when they discover him performing the sin of Onan with a gym sock while watching scrambled pay-per-view porn. Jim's buddies Kevin Thomas Ian Nicholas, Finch Eddie Kaye Thomas, and Oz Chris Klein are no less anxious to relieve themselves of their virginity, so they all make a pledge: they will go to bed with a woman in the three weeks before senior prom or die trying. Kevin appears to have the advantage, since he already has a girlfriend, Vicky Tara Reid, but before he ventures into the Final Frontier, Kevin is urged to consult "The Bible," a hand-written how-to manual possessing erotic wisdom passed down through the ages. Oz is a good-looking jock who is actually a nice guy -- which is part of the problem, since he has his heart set on a nice girl, Heather Mena Suvari, who does not seem the type to leap into bed within 21 days. Finch has no immediate prospects, though Jessica Natasha Lyonne is in a position to know if those rumors about him are true. And Jim is a truly hopeless case -- after his attempted seduction of beautiful Czech exchange student Nadia Shannon Elizabeth turns out to be a disaster, he ends up going to the prom with Michelle Alyson Hannigan, an annoyingly chatty band geek who does, however, have a fascinating story about a flute. American Pie was the directorial debut of Paul Weitz, who, along with his brother Chris Weitz who served as producer, previously wrote several screenplays, including Antz and Madeline where they presumably worked all their wholesome ideas out of their system. Mark Deming
The horny teen heroes return for further raunchy antics in American Pie 2, a sequel written by the first film's creator, Adam Herz. Returning home following their freshman year of college, old friends Jim Jason Biggs, Kevin Thomas Ian Nicholas, Oz Chris Klein, Finch Eddie Kaye Thomas, and Stifler Seann William Scott rent a summer house on Lake Michigan where they hope to score romantically. However, complications ensue due to Jim's relative lack of experience, requiring an interlude with a fellow student and a visit to his old friend Michelle Alyson Hanigan, who's now a band camp counselor, all in preparation for the return of Nadia Shannon Elizabeth. In the meantime, Oz is separated from Heather Mena Suvari by a trip abroad, Finch has another encounter with Stifler's mom Jennifer Coolidge, and Jim's dad Eugene Levy is as clueless as ever about his son's love life. Director J.B. Rogers served as first assistant director on the first film and made his directorial debut with Say It Isn't So 2001.