With an ‘American Pie’ reboot in the works, it’s time to take a look back at the best teen comedies like it that may suffer that same fate. These movies like ‘American Pie’ may not be the best, but they are movies that guys love to watch
Would you like another slice of ‘American Pie’? I don’t know if the world is ready for a reboot of one of the movies that defined a generation, but I’m sure Tara Reid is. And before everyone gets too upset about the ‘American Pie’ reboot (I know you can’t stand seeing one of the best movies of all time demolished like that poor pie), with some of the too-old-to-play-high-schoolers returning, it’s starting to sound more like a sequel than an actual reboot. And who cares if Hollywood starts remaking raunchy teen comedy movies? They all follow the basic storyline, anyway: guys try to lose their virginity, find a party, play practical jokes on their friends, and suffer the consequences of their stupid ways of going about all of it. So instead of waiting for the ‘American Pie’ reboot, just watch these movies that are a lot like it instead:
Not Another Teen Movie – Why wait for the climatic Jim and Nadia scene when the foreign exchange student walks around nude during this whole movie? This is one of the movies here that is most like ‘American Pie’ because it spoofs it and a lot of everyone’s other favorite teen comedy movies, including the whipped cream scene from ‘Varsity Blues’, the ‘Cruel Intentions’ kiss, and many more. The writing may not be quite as clever as that in ‘American Pie’, but you’ll like seeing some of the best and worst teen movies torn to shreds.
Porky’s – This is probably really one of the worst movies on this list, but it paved the way for many raunchy teen movies like it to come. Like the guys in ‘American Pie’, everyone here is trying obnoxiously to lose their virginity. However, with names like “Pee Wee” and “Meat”, you know the dialogue here is going to be even worse than Jim and his friends’ pathetic banter. There’s the infamous peephole shower scene, the Cherry Forever prank, and plenty of other memorable moments, but it’s really fun to watch this precursor to ‘American Pie’ today simply to see why Kim Cattrall eventually ended up with her role in ‘Sex in the City’.
Superbad – This is one of the newer movies on this list, and one that’s like ‘American Pie’ in its super-creative story: dorky guys try to get laid. This is also one of the teen movies on this list where booze comes into play, as three friends try to secure some liquor to make their ascent to manhood quicker. But clichés aside, you’ve got to love McLovin (his name is like that of “Stiffler” for a whole new generation), and the bond between the friends here is much like that of the guys in ‘American Pie’ (but perhaps a bit more bromantic). It’s also one of the only teen movies here that somehow manages to be smutty and sweet at the same time, and I’ve got to say the cast of ‘Superbad’ is super good.
Fast Times at Ridgemont High – Out of all of the teen movies here, this one is the best, and, like ‘American Pie’, it became an instant classic. Also like ‘American Pie’, it features a highly-hyped nude scene and one very embarrassing sexual one, but it goes further than most comedy movies focusing on teen life, tackling tough issues like abortion. But seriousness aside, no character in ‘American Pie’ or any of the other movies here is quite like Jeff Spicoli, Sean Penn’s smooth-talking stoner surfer. We may love Jim for his awkwardness and doughboyishness, but he still can’t hold a candle to Spicoli’s too-cool-for-school attitude.
Animal House – This is one of the teen movies here that likely had an influence on ‘American Pie’, but this one takes place after high school, where John Belushi lives the college life that all American males (including Jim) dream of. With booze, babes, and rivals to get revenge on aplenty, this is one of the raunchiest movies on this list, and it’s like ‘American Pie’ in that it features males trying to get a slice of the young American dream (but guys just expect bigger slices once their high school days are over).
Van Wilder – This is another of the teen movies here set in college, with Van Wilder also living a guy’s fantasy, partying hard in college as long as possible. However, it shares one big similarity with ‘American Pie’: Tara Reid tries to act in it. And baked goods are also involved here, in the form of pastries that are far less palatable than Jim’s punctured pie. Once again, not one of the best teen movies you’ll ever see, but we do learn a valuable lesson here: don’t name your daughter Naomi.
EuroTrip – Sorry for focusing on so many teen movies post-high school, but college is the promised land many teens dream about, so filmmakers can’t help but feed teen guys’ fantasies with these ribald tales of life beyond high school. Set in Europe, it seems this movie wouldn’t be much like ‘American Pie’, but with buddies on a quest involving girls (with one foreign one an important part of the storyline) and pre-college excitement, you can see the similarity. There are plenty of awkward moments, including the group going to a nude beach inhabited by nothing but guys; accidentally getting tied up at a BDSM club; and playing the ultimate Pope prank (on accident). So it’s not one of the movies most like ‘American Pie’ here, but you could see Jim and his friends finding themselves in similar situations.
Revenge of the Nerds – Jim might have fit in with the group in this next raunchiest of teen comedies set in college (in fact, Lewis Skolnick almost looks like a younger version of Jim’s dad). This one isn’t as much like ‘American Pie’ as the other movies on this list, but since girls, parties, and the epic struggle of geeky guys trying to fit in comes into play, I’m sure that this could be one of Jim’s favorite movies.
Road Trip – This is one of the slew of teen movies that followed ‘American Pie’ and tried to out-raunch it, adding Tom Green to gross things up even more. Like ‘American Pie’, an embarrassing video comes into play here, and Sean William Scott basically plays Stiffler again. It’s another movie that focuses on an incredibly wild college life, and another featuring a disgusting reference to foodstuff (in this case, peanut butter). So if teen movies like ‘American Pie’ aren’t raunchy enough for you, maybe you need to take a road trip.
Private School – Jim dreams of sneaking into this school (even if he has to dress like a girl to get there). It’s another of the teen sexploitation movies here with a nude scene guys just can’t get out of their heads, as well as shower peeping and guys going to other extremes to get around girls, and one of the many movies of the 80’s that would pave the way for modern movies like ‘American Pie’.
So from teen movies that mock those like ‘American Pie’ to precursors to this instant classic, don’t throw your money away on an ‘American Pie’ reboot; watch these movies that are so much like it that you won’t notice the difference instead.