American Pie hit theaters in 1999, and almost instantly became the ultimate American youth film, with a cult following and three sequels. Providing hilariously embarrassing and quotable scenes one after the other, American Pie has shaped the raw, hormone infused mind of adolescents around America: finally someone understood, maybe, that the key to teenagers hearts is in the erratic and awkward first touches at love and physicality, and the admission of the undeniable truth — dudes will, forever, be dudes.
American Pie follows four libidinous high schoolers — Jim, Finch, Oz, and Kevin — on their quest to prove their manhood to one another, after making a pact to find a girl each before graduation. Paul and Chris Weltz, writers and directors, were the first to the be shocked when the film, starring a bunch of 20-something almost famous actors, surpassed all expectations, grossing $325 million at the box office and becoming a definitive experience for almost all American teenagers. Not only that, the film inspired a whole genre of teen comedies, but not one, most would claim, could content with the original.
Described as riotous and raunchy, maybe it was that first time touch for first time writers and directors making a film about first times that landed the film the social reverence it has. American Pie certainly did include racy scenes that, well, included most if not all bodily fluids. So, yes, now we all know what people actually do at band camp. And now we also all know the different and creative uses of baked goods — especially freshly made, of course — but American Pie wasn’t all bawdy. Somehow it managed to feature some real naiveté and sweetness, and in an unexpected way, managed to uniquely combine vulgarity with a lot of real heart to create a real legacy film. And make absolutely sure no one would ever look at a simple apple pie the same way ever, ever again. So we mostly know what happened to Jason Biggs, nerdy and down on his luck protagonist Jim, whose career was jumpstarted by the film. But what happened to the rest of the East Great Falls High students — namely, the girls the non-hitters pursued desperately? Just like in any high school, some rose to fame with the film’s instant success, some soared and then fell off, and some steadily climbed up — and stayed there. Here are the women who helped make American Pie THE teen film now — 18 years later.