American Pie was one of those films full of WTF moments that made you laugh like crazy because you could totally relate. Relate to the idea of course, not the actual acts. This was by no means an instructional film. If anything it showed a generation of inquisitive teenagers exactly what not to do.
Navigating the loss of your v-card is not easy. Every generation struggles with trying too hard, and wanting it too bad. Almost getting there, finally, and then making a wrong move can be devastating. Those feelings of frustration and yearning were repeated throughout American Pie. Not to mention some outrageously poor intimate decisions. But hey, if you’re having a difficult time with your own quest, it’s always funny to see somebody fail worse than you.
Enter the naïve high school kid Jim, who was trying so hard to get lucky, and becoming increasingly unsuccessful with each attempt. At one point he had a smoking hot foreign exchange student, played with an unreal rack by Shannon Elizabeth, in his bed, ready to rock. But he got too excited and finished before he began. Then in another gut wrenchingly vulgar scene, his dad caught him in the act of making love to a freshly baked apple pie. Now that was about as humiliating as it gets. Audiences laughed their heads off. The unbelievably desperate act had sat on the kitchen counter just taunting him, and he actually did it.
How could Jason Biggs even show his face in public after doing such a scene? But the fact is the actor went on to do many projects and may be the most successful male in the group. Here’s how 14 American Pie cast-mates have faired since the epic 1999 comedy was released.
14 Tara Reid, as Vicky
13 Seann Williams Scott, as Stifler
12 Alyson Hannigan, as Michelle
11 Chris Klein, as Oz
10 Shannon Elizabeth, as Nadia
9 Thomas Ian Nicholas, as Kevin
8 Mena Suvari, as Heather
7 Eddie Kaye Thomas, as Paul
6 Jennifer Coolidge, as Stifler’s mom
5 Chris Owen, as Chuck Sherman
4 John Cho, as John
3 Eugene Levy, as Jim’s dad
2 Natasha Lyonne, as Jessica
1 Jason Biggs, as Jim
Jason Biggs has starred in many films since Pie, including Saving Silverman, Prozac Nation and Jersey Girl. More recently he has starred in the critically acclaimed Netflix series Orange Is The New Black. Biggs character, Larry, is married to the main character, Piper, and still maintains some of his Jim-like antics. In one season he discusses the awkward benefits of the anti-climax, or playing with yourself but holding in the finish. Great. His mother even warns him that he could hurt himself doing such a foolish thing. Later his character cheats on Piper with her best friend.
Sources: NYDailyNews.com, ScreenCrush.com, Hollywood.com
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