Movie Name: American Pie Presents: Band Camp
Studio: Universal Pictures
Release Date(s): October 31, 2005/ December 26, 2005 (US)
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Matt Stifler (Tad Hilgenbrinck) wants to live up to his big brother’s reputation. When a prank on the band goes wrong, Stifler finds himself forced to go to Band Camp. Now, with plans to make a Band-Camp-Gone-Wild type video, Stifler is infiltrating the band, but a childhood friend named Elyse Houston (Arielle Kebbel) could maybe get Stifler to change his ways to help the team win the camp competition.
Directed by Steve Rash, American Pie Presents: Band Camp is a sex teen comedy. The movie is the fourth film in the American Pie franchise (following American Wedding in 2003) and the first movie in the American Pie Presents series. The direct-to-DVD was a low budget success.
American Pie (for me) isn’t much of a franchise. I thought the first film was mediocre and the series just got progressively worse. When I learned that the film was going to make more movies without the primary cast, I knew that it would be bad…it was worse than I expected.
American Pie Presents: Band Camp tries to make a whole movie based around the line “this one time, at band camp” from the first film. Except, instead of being an all-out sex comedy, this Michelle character must have been an exception to the rules because the sex of the band characters is pretty stereotypical of “nerd humor”. The movie is supposed to be a bit of a redemption of Stifler (guided by Noah Levenstein who is shoehorned into the movie), but he still seems kind of jerky by the end of the film.
The cast is pretty poor and it seems like everyone just took a class in beginning acting before making the film. Tad Hilgenbrinck just watched American Pie over and over again and tried to imitate Seann Williams Scott in both his facial expressions and acting. Arielle Kebbel is so-so as the romantic lead, and Eugene Levy serves no real purpose other than to give the movie some name status. It was kind of fun to see the Sherminator Chris Owen make a cameo.
While the American Pie movies had budget (and still looked like cheap summer comedies), this movie has no budget…and really looks like a cheap summer comedy. The movie at least should have gone all out and made it totally gratuitous nudity, but the nudity is rather limited here…future American Pie Presents movies rectify this problem.
American Pie Presents: Band Camp is the first in the line of bad movies that spun-off a pretty weak movie. I don’t know that the movie would even appeal to the die-hard American Pie fans (since it doesn’t really have the cast) and it seems like it could be an “intro to sex-romp” films for young teen viewers…and they might even find it boring with the internet around. American Pie Presents: Band Camp was followed by American Pie Presents: The Naked Mile in 2006.