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How far back does 1999 and Pie feel? Not too far? Compare it to say Porky's from 1982, comparable gap 15 vs. 17 years, but that gap feels like light years. American Pie is surprisingly quaint as it is a retread of old themes with a bunch of high school seniors wanting to lose their virginity. Now it feels very quaint because if a senior is still a virgin I expect them to talk to me about Jesus. Was American Pie the first time you heard the word MILF? Women aspire to it today, and there is a huge genre of MILF porn out there. The teenage girls seem prudes in the film with what one would expect today. Shannon Elizabeth, playing a foreign exchange student, is exotic enough to shave downstairs. That is default today. I hear radio ads for waxing places where the average age of their customers' is 43. Hell, Jim has nudie magazines in his bedroom. He is not using his personal computer for porn. "Dad, what world is this? Tell me about the past?" This is 1999... it is just fifteen years ago. Thinking of this last paragraph, the time elapsed feels long now doesn't it?
Pie's sequel discussed things that might have been on the edge a little over a decade ago, anal sex, lesbianism, threesomes, but all are just Wednesday night on Tinder. Progress! I bring up the sequel, because it is a rare good sequel. These films are what they are, but the writing for the second one captured the home from freshman year in college incredibly well. The films spawned plenty of cut and paste imitators, including a parody or two of teen movies. The messages in them are all lame, pre-approved system programming so it is rebelling in a safe form. As a play on their title, there is something gone or nostalgic about the America represented. The movies were made probably in the last moment you could make a teen movie with all white kids. Jim being Jewish is the one exotic (irony being in Hollywood, the actor playing Jim is not Jewish). An American Pie today would be rainbow colored with a rainbow sexuality representative as well. At least we will have the Pie.
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