It’s an open secret that we at least once have watched American Pie in the ‘illegal age’. The film is really fun and every time we hear the name, our naughty childhood days flash in front of us (especially 90s kids).
Directed by Paul Weitz and Chris Weitz, the film kickstarted the franchise in 1999. It features a cool star cast comprising of Jason Biggs, Chris Klein, Alyson Hannigan, Natasha Lyonne, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Tara Reid, Mena Suvari and others. Despite fetching mixed reception from critics, the teen s*x comedy did surprisingly well at the box office and has built a cult following over the years.
But do you know? It wasn’t an easy task for the makers to bag the desired rating from MPA (Motion Picture Association). Owing to the explicit content and loads of adult comedy, American Pie wasn’t even said suitable for an R rating. Instead, MPA was keen to certify the film with NC- 17.
For the unversed, NC- 17 allows no one of 17 years of age and below, to view the cinema. On the other hand, an R rating allows the viewing for under 17 but with a company parent or adult guardian.
As per IMDb, it took four attempts by the makers to convince MPA to certify American Pie with an R rating. And seems like, their try did pay off really good as the film enjoyed huge profits through the theatrical run. Made at an estimated budget of $11 million, the film earned $235 million.