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American Pie Presents: The Book of Love (UR)
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Dec 22, 2009 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
John Putch

Actors:
Bug Hall
Brandon Hardesty
Kevin Horton

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Three more sexually frustrated virgins are on hunt for love, sex, a reach-around, peanut butter sandwichbasically anything they can get. Their dire situation takes a turn for the better when the discover The Bible hidden in the school library.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
It wasnt so long ago that I was debating the sad fate of the AMERICAN PIE series when I sat down with the direct to DVD installment BETA HOUSE. One of my girlfriends best friends was in it so I said Id give it a whirl. Dear Athena was only in it for about five seconds (at the end no less, but at least she made the cover), and by then I had already been exposed to my topless cousin Melissa, a surprise nearly as disturbing as the rest of the film. With that in mind, the idea of watching BOOK OF LOVE (the fourth direct to DVD romp) didnt instill me with a whole lot of confidence. But ironically enough, Im happy to report that this slice of pie was pretty damn tasty.

Just as theres no substitute for Sean William Scotts incarnation of Stiffler, theres also no way in hell any of these new films will top the original three. I loved the first two, and enjoyed AMERICAN WEDDING, but the train stopped for me after that (refer to paragraph one for the exception to this rule). This time around its my job, but Im not complaining. BOLs Jim character played by Bug Hall (that name even beats the time I actually met a Frank Rizzo) was a solid lead, and his two chums were all right as well (despite the fact that Lube was a total Jonah Hill knockoff). I dug the boys and their plight, which can easily make or break a film like this for me.

The story goes back to the series roots (though arguably each incarnation is fueled by a quest for T&A), but instead of merely reading from The Bible, they ruin it and as a result go on a hilarious adventure to rewrite the lost stories. The cameos alone make this one worth a look, good ol George Jefferson and Thomas C. Hall being my personal favorites. The writing here is also solid, despite the few times they go a touch overboard, but then again, this IS an AMERICAN PIE film so thats to be expected. Speaking of which, theres a rated and unrated version here, but lets be honest, nobody would ever watch the rated version of an AMERICAN PIE flick, and why would you? These nude chicks are to die for.

THE BOOK OF LOVE does steal a page from ESCAPE FROM GUANTANAMO BAYs playbook with the strip joint out in the middle of nowhere, but Ill forgive them because it shows the boys cross over into CANADA to get there. One of the things that makes me so proud of my country (yes, Im Canadian) is how easy it is to get into our strip clubs (I experienced my first lap dance at the tender age of sixteen). Fans of the series will love this installment as it doesnt seem like such a drummed out sequel, and as for the reserved fans of the original trinity, believe me when I tell you theres more than a few laughs to be had. I know Im just as shocked as you are.
THE EXTRAS
Deleted Scenes: Ten minutes worth of topless lesbian action, a funny condom bit and the return over the border. Most of this stuff was gold, it should have all stayed in.

Gag Reel: A brief four minutes of nonsense. Re-watch the deleted scenes because theres nothing worthwhile here.

From the Set: Twenty minutes of outtakes with different dialogue examples for various scenes. These are always good for a few laughs. I LOVED the trivia game.

On the Set of American Pie Presents: The Book of Love: The director gives us a not so typical behind the scenes look by throwing an eight minute best scene montage at us. I love any excuse to show more boobies.

Just the Tips: The Love Manuel: A six minute peek at some of the Bible entries. I dont remember these stories from the Bible, but I sure did like them.

American Pie Trivia: Kevin Horton (Nathan) goes around the movie set asking different people American Pie based questions. Some of these questions were actually pretty tough.

Previews: We have some trailers, a Blu-ray commercial and some BD-LIVE content if you can hook up to the internet.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Same AMERICAN PIE brand, but with a much smoother aftertaste than the past three slices. And as far as Im concerned, theres absolutely no more you can possibly ask for when you reach the seventh film in whats now a direct to DVD franchise.

Extra Tidbit: I was living in TO when they were filming THE NAKED MILE. A hot couple chicks I worked with auditioned and got naked. I still didn't watch it.
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