'American Pie' Was Once Rated NC-17; Here's How They Got It Lowered to R
Perhaps the movie American Pie changed how people perceive buying and eating pies after the movie hit theaters in 1999. Then again, 21 years after it first released, it might look slightly tame compared to what other movies have attempted since. Back then, no teen comedy dared deal with content this film had without gaining an NC-17. Prior to that rating, it would have received an X and never made any money at the box office.
The Motion Picture Association of America kept pushing for an NC-17 rating because of that notorious scene with Jason Biggs and an apple pie. It turns out the only reason the film was given an R was due to a bizarre technicality.
Jason Biggs recently discussed how the film finally won an R rating
Dealing with the MPAA has provided headaches for a number of daring filmmakers over the years. Likely no other film of the late ’90s provided as much controversy than American Pie did with those heading the MPAA.
Jason Biggs recently discussed this in the Justin Long Life is Short podcast. During the show, Biggs gave an overview of his career and how he latched onto the raunchy teen comedy market in the ’90s just when it was taking off. At one point, Biggs goes into detail about how the first American Pie received the rating it did.
The MPAA viewed the film multiple times after four different cuts of the film were screened. Each one kept getting a vote of NC-17 from the board, frustrating ...
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