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American Pie

Year: 1999
Director: Paul Weitz
Cast: Jason Biggs, Chris Klein, Seann William Scott, Tara Reid, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Alyson Hannigan, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Shannon Elizabeth, Eugene Levy, Natasha Lyonne, Mena Suvari, Jennifer Coolidge
For every film genre that sweeps Hollywood and the world, there is a pioneer. American Pie was a formula that spawned the turn of the century teen comedy.

Laddish and macho, with plenty of horny teenagers trying to get laid and ending up in ribald or embarrassing situations because of it, but with enough political correctness to distinguish it from the all-out teen sex comedies of the early 80s (pioneered in turn by Porky's).

It tells the basic story of four school friends and the annoying comic sidekick and their pact to all get laid before they graduate. It takes enough time to concentrate on characterisation so that each boy ends up with a different story (and stories you can care about), but doesn't scrimp on the sort of laughs the famous pie scene laid down for the future.

It reinvigorated Eugene Levy's career and, like Dawson's Creek, flung a gaggle of attractive twentysomething actors into the industry to populate the same and similar sort of movies for years in the future.

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