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American Pie: Band Camp
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01.19.2006 By: Jason Coleman
American Pie: Band Camp order
Director:
Steve Rash

Actors:
Tad Hilgenbrinck
Arielle Kebbel
Eugene Levy

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
In this fourth helping of AMERICAN PIE, we are introduced to Matt Stifler, Steveís younger, but very similar brother. After pulling various Stifler-like antics, he is sentenced to band camp, where with the help of various half naked playmates, nurse (and porn star) Ginger Lynn Allen, and Jimís Dad Eugene Levy, he must learn what life is all about.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
There was a point when all the great sex comedies were considered dead weight. Such great T&A classics like MY TUTOR, PORKYíS, and PRIVATE SCHOOL were unofficially considered to be the bastard children of cinema. Then along came AMERICAN PIE, bringing back the classic elements of humor, nudity, and innocence, rare qualities that some of the best films of this type understood was necessary. Unfortunately the AMERICAN PIE sequels, including this fourth installment called BAND CAMP, didnít adhere to what made the original a success; itís as if they didnít know what they had. So, much like the HOME ALONE sequels, they took every element that they thought made it a hit and recycled it. And in the case of AMERICAN PIE: BAND CAMP, itís like they edited all the raunchy elements of the first film together and left out what made it great. Imagine taking every cast member out of the original film, making Steve Stifler the lead, and putting him with a bunch of naked women. Presto! Thatís BAND CAMP.

Except even Seann William Scott had enough morals not to grace this film with his presence. So we get stuck with Hilgenbrinck, doing his best Stilfer impression as Matt, Steveís younger and even more annoying brother. And the only two familiar cast members to return for another slice are Chris Owen, playing Principal Shermanator (god help us!) and Eugene Levy (why?) as Jimís Dad, minus Jim of course. (Hell even Lifeguard Notch Johnson, SON OF A BEACHís Tim Stack canít resuscitate this mess!) The rest of the cast are merely cardboard cutouts for Stifler to goof on (the geek who canít get chicks, a Chinese guy who wants to be a gang banger, the rival blonde guy from a wealthy family) and the result is less then humorous. (I can count how many times I laughed on one hand!) For sheer T&A (why cast porn star Ginger Lynn if sheís not going to be naked?) it has some great shots, but was that why you liked the original? Big boobs, a musical instrument caught on someoneís genitals and casting playmates to play school kids are no substitute for whatís most revealing in a teen sex comedy - heart.
THE EXTRAS
While the Interactive menu is full of naked, big breasted women, the features on this disc are almost G-rated! Donít let the titles fool you; I saw more naked flesh at the local YMCA!

Outtakes (4:16): Unfunny. Very unfunny. Nuff said.

Deleted Scenes (11:50): There is really nothing funny about watching a great like Eugene Levy struggling with sub-par material. Remember this is stuff that was cut from an already unfunny film. Only moment worth a glance (for you horn dogs!) Ė at the 2:25 minute mark there is more revealing bikini shots!

Band Camp Dirty Diary (17:23): Nothing dirty about this diary, which features behind the scenes footage and monologues from mostly Hilgenbrinck and Kebbel. If youíre looking for skin, look elsewhere. You know there's trouble when the most revealing moment is looking up someoneís nose!

Poolside With Band Camp Girls (3:01): Interviewing the two slutty girls from the film (which ones, you ask?). Since listening to them talk is like masturbating with a cheese grater (slightly amusing but mostly painful!), best to watch this one in the way it was intended Ė with the sound off!

Band Campís Dirty Secrets (5:36): More talking by the girls, as they walk us through the set. As they are both fully clothed, skip this one.

Rover Cam Uncut! (14:39): This uncut rover cam catches candid conversation and chicks on the toilet. Yuck!

Band Camp Girls: The Music Video (1:32): This one has just enough hot chick edits with pumping music for a happy ending.

Unrated Love Lessons With Ginger Lynn (2:41): What could have been legendary, having porn star Lynn reveal her sexy secrets, is a dud. She is clothed the whole time and reveals nothing, treating it as a comedic bit. (And sheís no Rodney Dangerfield!)
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
While the original AMERICAN PIE didnít exactly break new ground, it did bring back the teen sex comedy in its best form. Unfortunately, AMERICAN PIE: BAND CAMP is what made the parent groups and the religious right put a stop to the fun. Itís shameful work and in a genre that has no holds barred, thatís saying a lot. In the bakery of life, this piece of pie is old and stale.
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