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UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): [highlight for spoilers] Geeks try to ruin fun for non-geeks.

PEOPLE: We still have one of the original American Pie writers involved, though hardly anyone else. John White III and Steve Talley reprises their roles as Erik and Dwight Stifler from American Pie 5: The Naked Mile. (Talley was also in National Lampoon’s Van Wilder 0: Freshman Year). Christopher McDonald reprises his role as Mr. Stifler. He was Tappy Tibbons in Requiem For A Dream, and was also in The House Bunny, Fanboys, Superhero Movie, The Faculty, SLC Punk!, Fatal Instinct, and Mad Money (which we are going to watch soon). Eugene Levy stops by for several minutes — being the only actor to appear in all 7 American Pie films. Meghan Heffern was a lovely girl-next-door type, and stars in some horror movie called Insecticidal. She hasn’t done much, but seemed very real. Nic Nac seemed familiar — he was the gay corporal from Van Wilder 0: Freshman Year. A couple of the generic backdrop eye candy girls were also in Mean Girls. Strange, strange.

QUIRKS: College. Girls. Alcohol. Fraternities / pledging. Rivalry. Bestiality. Female ejaculation. Horse sperm Russian roulette.

The major quirk of this film is that it is much like many other fraternity rival films (Van Wilder 2, Revenge Of The Nerds) — except in THIS one, it is the geeks who are the bad guys. (What a twist?) That’s really the only refreshing aspect of the entire movie. Everything else is basically something you’ve seen before, but done again differently. Which is fine by me. I love party movies.

There is less emphasis on Stiffler specifically. Although he is the “main” character, he’s not in this as much as past Stifflers have been in past American Pie movies. This probably has the least romance of any American Pie movie to date.

VISUALS: The girls do take their tops off…

MORALS: Sometimes the geeks are the bad guys.

BAD STUFF: Not very unique. But then again, sequels shouldn’t typically BE unique. They are by definition “more of the same”.

It is also a bit scattered, as it focuses on several subplots rather than one arching plot. 0:20-0:40 felt like they had no plot at all, as they were just jumping from character to character. However, I think this helped de-emphasize the romance. What is a weakness can also be a strength. But the movie was indeed “all over the place” moreso than past entries in this franchise.

CONCLUSION: A decent party / rival fraternity college movie. It doesn’t get hunkered down by the romance, and keeps the comedy central to the plot. Slightly better than American Pie 5: The Naked Mile. We shall be progressing to American Pie 7 before too long.

RATINGS:
Clint: Netflix: 3/5 stars. IMDB: 6.4/10. Tempted to give this a 7, but I was probably caught up in the “fun” aspect of the movie.
Carolyn: Netflix: 3/5 stars. IMDB: 5/10. She said she liked Naked Mile better, and this one seemed scattered.
The native public rating for this movie is: IMDB: 5.3/10, Netflix: 3.4/5 stars.

RECOMMENDATION: If you watched the American Pie franchise this far, you may as well continue. A *lot* of people liked this one better than #5 (The Naked Mile) and #4 (Band Camp). Some people even liked this better than American Pie 1 and American Pie 3 (American Wedding).

Comedy central has a version that has some entirely different scenes. It replaces the little people with “geek” house guys. Best to avoid this version.

SIMILAR MOVIES: Every other American Pie and National Lampoon college movie. Except in this one, the geeks were the douchebags.

Mood: hungry again already
Music: Pixies – Tony’s Theme