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American Pie

The Anatomy of Vulgar Teen Comedy, 1st Edition

By Bill Osgerby


110 pages | 17 B/W Illus.

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American Pie represents the most commercially successful example of the vulgar teen comedy, and this book analyses the film's development, audience-appeal and cultural significance.

American Pie (1999) is a film that exemplifies that most disparaged of movie genres – the vulgar teen comedy. Largely aimed at young audiences, the vulgar teen comedy is characterised by a brazenly over-the-top humour rooted in the salacious, the scatological and the squirmingly tasteless.

In this book, consideration is given to the relationship between American Pie’s success and broad shifts within both the youth market and the film business. Attention is also given to the film’s representations of youth, gender and sexuality, together with the distinctive character of its comedy and the enduring place of such humour in contemporary popular culture. While chiefly focusing on the original American Pie movie, the book also considers the development of the franchise, with discussion of the movie's three sequels and four direct-to-DVD releases. The book also charts the history, nature and appeal of vulgar teen comedy as a whole, providing the first concerted analysis of this generally overlooked category of youth film.

Clear, concise and comprehensive, the book is ideal for students, scholars and general readership worldwide.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Serving Up American Pie: Youth, Cinema and Vulgar Teen Comedy

Chapter 2: A Recipe for Success: The Rise of American Pie

Chapter 3: Getting a Gross from Gross-Out: Hollywood, the Youth Market and American Pie.

Chapter 4: 'Like Warm Apple Pie …': Gross-Out Humour and the Vulgar Teen Comedy

Chapter 5: 'High School Was Awesome': Constructions of Youth in American Pie

Chapter 6: Vulgar Teen Comedy: The Last Crumbs

About the Author/Editors

Bill Osgerby is Emeritus Professor of Media, Culture and Communication at London Metropolitan University. He has published widely on twentieth-century British and American cultural history. His books include Youth in Britain Since 1945 and Youth Media.

About the Series

Cinema and Youth Cultures

Cinema and Youth Cultures engages with well-known youth films from American cinema as well the cinemas of other countries. Using a variety of methodological and critical approaches the series volumes provide informed accounts of how young people have been represented in film, while also exploring the ways in which young people engage with films made for and about them. In doing this, the Cinema and Youth Cultures series contributes to important and long standing debates about youth cultures, how these are mobilized and articulated in influential film texts and the impact that these texts have had on popular culture at large.

Series Editors: Siân Lincoln (independent scholar) and Yannis Tzioumakis (University of Liverpool)

Published volumes:

Clueless (1995)

Grease (1978)

Boyhood (2015)

L’auberge Espagnole (2002)

The Hunger Games (2012)

The Virgin Suicides (1999)

Easy A (2010)

The Freshman (1925)

Breakfast Club (1985)

Halloween (1978)

American Pie (1999)

Y Tu Mama También (2001)


Bande de Filles (2014)

American Graffiti (1973)

Rock Around the Clock (1956)

Precious (2009)

Gidget (1959)

Mary Poppins (1964)

The Beatles on Film: A Hard Day’s Night (1964), Help! (1965), The Yellow Submarine (1968)

Big Wednesday (1977)

Moonlight (2016)

The Commitments (1990)

Clerks (1994)

Heavenly Creatures (1994)

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies