The Breakdown of American Pie

The kids are back to school, and that means a great time to review a high school comedy. In the early 1980s, there was several teen sex comedies like Porky's that were huge hits, but they'd start to get replaced by the equally popular but much better made John Hughes style teen dramas and comedies by the mid-1980s. The teen genre stalled by the end of the 1980s, but then entertainment focusing on teens started to take-off again in the later 1990s.

American Pie came along as something different because it blended the two classic elements of past teen comedies. It had the sex crazed teenagers but also had the sincerity and heartfelt moments of the John Hughes movies. At its core, it was about a lot more than just sex, even if most of the humour was raunchy and many parents probably wouldn't be comfortable with their teens going to see it. It did create what felt like authentic teens and has some nice message about the importance of authentic relationships, the challenges of growing up and the respect that must be shown to women.

We do a deep-dive of this controversial comedy, American Pie. I am sure there are listeners that have fond memories of this movie, there are some that despise it and others that have stayed away from it. I will admit that I was a fan when it came out. It had been a long time since I last saw it, so I was interested in how it connected now as a 40 plus year old father who is a long way off from being a teenager.

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