87 Min | Comedy | October 2005
IMDB Rating: 5.0
Director: Steve Rash
Starring: Eugene Levy, Tad Hilgenbrink, Arielle Kebbel
American Pie Presents Band Camp Review: A spin-off from the successful American Pie films, Band Camp features none of the series’ central cast members, and only a couple of its peripheral ones, the action focusing on the antics of ‘douche majeure’ Matt, younger brother of the legendary Steve ‘Stiffmeister’ Stifler. After Matt (played by Tad Hilgenbrink, who does a pretty good Seann William Scott impersonation) goes too far with one of his practical jokes, he is sent to band camp for punishment, where he continues to cause all manner of trouble, at least until the predictably cheesy finale when he has an epiphany and changes his ways.
American Pie and its sequels are renowned for for their gross out humour, so Band Camp naturally does its best to emulate this style, being as outrageous as possible, with gags involving a variety of bodily fluids and bizarre sexual situations—some of which are reasonably amusing, most of which aren’t. However, another major factor in the success of the American Pie series was the heartwarming friendships forged by its likable group of high-schoolers—and that is where Band Camp totally screws up! By concentrating the action on such a colossal jerk as Matt, a person who goes out of his way to alienate and irritate almost everyone he meets, Band Camp immediately sets off on the wrong foot and continues to do so until the very final scene.
Thankfully, the band camp that mischievous Matt is sent to is also attended by some extremely attractive girls, including rather delicious band-leader Elyse (Arielle Kebbel) and busty tuba playing babe Chloe (Crystle Lightning) which does mean that, from a bloke’s perspective at least, making it through to the bitter end isn’t quite as difficult as it could have been.
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