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From the Wire: Remembering 'American Pie'

Criticwire By Matt Singer | Criticwire April 4, 2012 at 2:38PM

One critic revisits the '90s teen comedy classic and is repeatedly surprised by what she finds.
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"American Pie."
"American Pie."

If the impending release of "American Reunion" is giving you the urge to revisit the original "American Pie," you're not alone.  At Cinema Blend, critic Katey Rich rewatched the film for the first time in thirteen years and wrote up a list of "20 Amazing Things You May Have Forgotten About 'American Pie.'"  In my case, "may have" means "definitely."  I had no recollection, for example, of this little trivia nugget:

"9) Casey Affleck is in this movie! Yup! He plays Kevin's brother, who tips him off to the existence of the secret sex bible hidden in the library. With roles in 'Good Will Hunting' and '200 Cigarettes' I guess he was famous enough to merit an "uncredited cameo," since he's not listed anywhere in the movie's credits, but now it just makes for a hilarious surprise."

Not only did I not remember Casey Affleck was in "American Pie," I forgot he was in "American Pie 2" as well. According to his IMDb page, he was also in something called "American Playhouse," which was either an obscure "American Pie" prequel or a PBS show. Not sure. 

There are many more surprising factoids in the article, though perhaps none more surprising than the fact that Rich hasn't watched the movie since it came out.  Really?  I probably watched it once every six months for half a decade (ah, the benefits of having no social life in college).  By the way, before I saw Rich's piece I was considering writing my own "20 Amazing Things You May Have Forgotten About 'American Wedding'" piece, but it was just going to be "Betty Draper is in it, and she plays Stifler's love interest" followed by "It's honestly not that bad of a movie" nineteen times.  Hers was much better.

Read more of Katey Rich's "20 Amazing Things You May Have Forgotten About 'American Pie.'"

This article is related to: From the Wire, American Reunion, Katey Rich


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