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American Pie

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American Pie

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
performer:
Jason Biggs, Shannon Elizabeth, Alyson Hannigan, Chris Klein, Natasha Lyonne, Tara Reid, Seann William Scott, Mena Suvari, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Jennifer Coolidge, Eugene Levy
Producer:
Chris Moore
genre:
Comedy

We gave it a B+

”American Pie” — Don McLean’s Vietnam-era song — cuts deeper than Michael Lee West’s third novel. Yet she catches the same mood of down-home sorrow. The McBroom sisters of Tallulah, Tenn. — freewheeling Jo-Nell, career woman Freddie, reclusive Eleanor — play out their predictable roles like a sitcom trio. Only their grandmother, Minerva Pray, a Texas farmer’s widow, is a true original. (She admires her waiting tombstone. ”It was the only time I’d ever saw my name in print.”) There are recipes and food metaphors galore. A grieving heart shrinks ”to the size of a pimento.” Small-town folk are ”crimping their lives at the edges like a fluted pie crust.” The South itself is ”divided up like a dessert tray — pralines, divinity, fruit cake, sour grape pie.” This kind of writing in American Pie goes down real easy, like your favorite comfort food. B+

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