Wednesday, January 04, 2006

American Pie: Band Camp

Review by Michael Jaffe

In a first for Mouldy’s movies, the film being reviewed is a direct to DVD feature. I have been a big fan of the American Pie trilogy since I saw the first film at least a dozen times with buddies in middle school. The fourth film in the series, titled Band Camp, might as well not be considered part of the series at all but an occasional funny, mostly aggravating soft core porno. The film stars newcomer Tad Hilgenbrinck as Matt Stifler, the younger brother of Steven Stifler from the previous films. After a prank goes wrong, Matt is sent to band camp for the summer and proceeds to go through the motions as he starts mean, then becomes nice and then goes mean again but redeems himself in the end. Mr. Hilgenbrinck may be a great actor deep, DEEP down, but in this film he very often does one of the worst Stifler impressions I have ever seen. On numerous occasions I almost punched myself in the head to try and numb the pain that some of the lines in this film evoked. The acting from the rest of the cast is on par with a porno, so it is below acceptable but not to the lowness that is the stiff-meister. Eugene Levy is in this film for no reason other than the paycheck I expect, but lightens the film up and brings back some great memories from the previous films in this series. Overall, this film is pretty poor, with an occasional chuckle and the frequent nude girl, but even that cant save this turd.

Since this is a DVD review, the special features should also gain mention so as you don’t buy the film for the extras only. The extras are different with a cast interview and a “Love Lesson” with former porn star Ginger Lynn which was not so much informative but a poor attempt at humor that boors quickly. There are also the usual bloopers and deleted scenes and thankfully no full length audio commentary.

Movie: 4/10
Features: 5/10
Overall: 4.5/10

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