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|American Pie Presents:
Home media release cover
|Directed by||Andrew Waller|
|Produced by||W. K. Border|
|Written by||Erik Lindsay|
by Adam Herz
|Music by||Jeff Cardoni|
|Editing by||Rod Dean
|Studio||Neo Art & Logic
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Release date(s)||December 26, 2007|
|Running time||85 minutes|
|Budget||less than $10 million|
American Pie Presents: Beta House is a 2007 American teen comedy film released by Universal Pictures. It is the third spin-off to American Pie film series franchise and a sequel to the second spin-off, American Pie Presents: The Naked Mile (2006). John White stars as Erik Stifler, a college freshman who pledges the Beta House fraternity led by his cousin, Dwight Stifler (Steve Talley). Christopher McDonald co-stars as Erik's father and Eugene Levy plays Beta House alumnus Noah Levenstein.
Universal commissioned the film after positive commercial reaction to The Naked Mile. Erik Lindsay and W.K. Border, the writer and producer, respectively, as well as four of the five principal cast members from the preceding film returned. Principal photography took place for "seven, eight weeks" from June 4, 2007 in Toronto, Canada.
American Pie Presents: Beta House was released direct-to-DVD internationally on December 10, 2007 and in the United States on December 26, 2007. The film was a moderate financial success, generating US$18.55 million in United States sales. While largely overlooked by critics, it garnered generally negative reviews.
The following fall semester after the happenings in The Naked Mile, Erik Stifler and his buddy Mike "Cooze" Coozeman are now incoming college freshmen at the University of Michigan. As soon as they arrive, Erik meets a cute girl named Ashley taking a shower in the coed bathrooms. Also he meets his new roommate while a cute girl is riding him,. Soon enough, Erik's cousin, Dwight Stifler, invites Erik, Cooze, and Bobby to a Beta House party. They learn how they can gain eligibility to pledge for the Beta House fraternity and meet Wesley, who was initiated into the Beta house from his ability to black out real easy when he drinks.
In the meantime, Erik and Ashley begin dating. On their first date, Erik accidentally gets hot soup poured all over himself, so Ashley brings him to her room to clean up. When she then goes to put lotion on Erik's burns, he accidentally ejaculates all over Ashley's things, including her teddy bear. Erik apologizes, and explains to Ashley about the masturbation incident that made sex "taboo" in his house a few months prior, and how he hasn't had sex since his ex-girlfriend Tracy broke up with him. At the same time, Cooze falls for Ashley's roommate, Denise. Unfortunately whenever Cooze tries to get intimate with Denise, she feels nervous about Cooze getting in her pants, but she's still willing to give Cooze handjobs. After talking with Erik, Bobby and Dwight about how Denise won't let him get into her pants yet gives him "the best handjobs he ever had", Cooze develops suspicions Denise might be a guy. But Dwight says the only way for Cooze to make sure is by getting into her pants.
Alongside two other pledges, Erik, Cooze and Bobby complete 50 tasks to pledge, including getting their posteriors signed by a stripper, having sex with a professor, marrying a male friend in Canada, and placing a live ostrich in the Geek fraternity house. After they complete their final task, stealing something from the Geek house, the Geek's president, Edgar, challenges the Betas to the Greek Olympiad. Beta House alumni Noah Levenstein returns to campus to officiate the contest. The first competition is won by Beta House as Dwight and Edgar compete in removing girls' bras. Beta House loses the next two competitions: a light saber duel and catching a greased pig. After learning that Edgar previously had sex with a sheep, the Betas use Edgar's wool fetish against him in the final challenge, ultimately costing him and his house the tournament.
The Betas host a toga party, where Cooze, much to his relief, finally sleeps with Denise and all suspicions of her being a man are gone. The following morning, Wesley wakes up finally believing that his curse as the blackout menace is over, only to be confronted by the former Geek House bodybuilder. In a post-credits scene, Edgar instructs a stripper at Silver Dollar to dance with the headpiece of the sheep costume.
- John White as Erik Stifler, a freshman pledging the Beta House.
- Steve Talley as Dwight Stifler, the pledge master and leader of the Beta House.
- Christopher McDonald as Harry Stifler (Mr. Stifler), Erik's father.
- Eugene Levy as Noah Levenstein (aka "Jim's Dad"), Beta House alumni and the officiator of the Greek Olympiad. He is a longtime family friend to the Stifler clan.
- Meghan Heffern as Ashley, Erik's love interest.
- Jake Siegel as Mike "Cooze" Coozeman, Erik's friend and a freshman pledging the Beta House alongside Erik and Bobby.
- Tyrone Savage as Edgar Willis, Geek House's president and Dwight's main rival.
- Nic Nac as Bobby, Erik's roommate and a freshman pledging the Beta House alongside Erik and Cooze.
- Jonathan Keltz as Wesley (aka "Blackout Menace"), a member and the rush chair of the Beta House.
- Sarah Power as Denise, Ashley's friend and Cooze's love interest.
- Bradford Anderson as Jake Parker, a handicapped member of the Geek House.
- Robbie Amell as Nick Anderson, a freshman the guys meet who's also pledging the Beta House.
- Daniel Petronijevic as Bull, a member and resident redneck of the Beta House.
- Christine Barger as Margie, Bobby's girlfriend.
- Jaclyn A. Smith as Jill, assistant officiator of the Greek Olympiad. Cooze's former love interest.
- Jordan Prentice (cameo) as Rock, a dwarf and former rival of Stifler.
- Italia Ricci as Laura Johnson, college freshman escorted by Stifler.
- Moshana Halbert as Sara Coleman, college freshman escorted by Stifler.
- Tatiana Anderson as Geek House Bodybuilding Chick.
- Angela Besharah as Irene, Geek House Queen and Edgar's estranged girlfriend, who dumps him for Dwight.
American Pie Presents: The Naked Mile, the second spin-off to the American Pie film series, was a commercial success, and Universal Pictures prepared for a sequel. The Naked Mile's writer, Erik Lindsay, pitched the film by saying "Look, we're not going to top Animal House of course, but it's been 25 years. I was in a fraternity for six years. Let's just make a straight pledging movie." Universal gave Lindsay the green light to write Beta House, and also hired Andrew Waller and The Naked Mile's producer, W. K. Border, as the film's director and producer, respectively. The film's screenplay was based on characters by Adam Herz and on aspects of writer Lindsay's own life. Lindsay felt that Universal being unworried to make the film similar to Animal House provided "more opportunities to keep the story organic," which he found the challenge of writing a sequel.
The film features the same principal cast as The Naked Mile minus Ross Thomas and Jessy Schram; John White, Steve Talley, Christopher McDonald and Eugene Levy reprised their roles from the preceding film, with Levy returning to play Noah Levenstein for the sixth time in the series. Craig Kornblau, the president of Universal Studios Home Entertainment, said "we think he [Levy] is crucial to this franchise because his character represents the heart of the movie." Jake Siegel, Jaclyn A. Smith, Dan Petronijevic and Jordan Prentice also reprised their roles from The Naked Mile'. Tyrone Savage of Edgar, leader of the Geeks
Principal photography began on June 4, 2007 and lasted about "seven, eight weeks." Filming took place at the University of Toronto, Pinewood Toronto Studios and at the Brass Rail strip club in Toronto. Neo Art & Logic, Rogue Pictures and Universal Pictures produced the film on a budget of less than $10 million. The film was intended to be the center of a trilogy beginning with The Naked Mile and although talks for a concluding sequel were made, no such film has yet materalised.
American Pie Presents: Beta House was released direct-to-DVD internationally on December 10, 2007 and in the United States on December 26, 2007. It was rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America, due to "pervasive strong crude and sexual content, graphic nudity, language and excessive drinking," and was marketed with the tagline "the most outrageous slice of pie!" The film was released in two single-disc DVD editions. The R-rated edition included no special features, while the unrated edition included a commentary track, behind-the-scenes clips, deleted scenes and storylines, a fake public service announcement, featurettes, outtakes, a mock in-character interview with Noah Levenstein, music videos by God Made Me Funky, and a 30 Rock episode. Through its first four weeks the DVD sold over 534,000 copies in the United States, generating $12.25 million in sales. Universal Pictures expected to sell more than a million units; sales have since totaled over 898,000 units in the United States, with $18.55 million in revenue.
While largely overlooked by critics, the film has garnered generally negative reviews. LaRue Cook of Entertainment Weekly graded the film with a "D" and wrote, "what was once a fresh slice of teen comedy has become a slab of stale crudeness." Scott Weinberg of Moviefone, in his negative review, found the film "slightly more amusing to sit through than the two previous entries", in particular praising the Star Trek sexual roleplay scene as "extremely effective." DVD Talk's Jeffrey Robinson writes that "if anything, it will bore you and leave you wondering why you wasted an hour and a half of your life." Writing in JoBlo.com, Adam Quigley poked fun at the film's themes, declaring that "if there's a lesson to be taken from these films, it's that women are objects, and should always be treated as such". However, not all reviews were negative. IGN's Hock Teh gave the film 5/10, writing that it "stays very close to the American Pie formula," while criticizing the story as "devoid of anything remotely semi-compelling or even noteworthy." Peter Hammond of Maxim describes American Pie Presents: Beta House as "loaded with sex, laughs and raunchy fun," writing that it "may be the most outrageous slice of pie yet!"
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