Raunchy teenage sex comedies involving hormonal kids trying to get laid are nothing new to moviegoers. But perhaps none have quite captured the imagination of audiences quite like 1999’s American Pie.
It’s surprisingly honest, hilarious, and holds up surprisingly well despite being 20 years old. But let’s be real, the reason why we still remember the film is because of that infamous scene where Jim bones that apple pie.
You know the one.
For those who don’t remember or haven’t seen the film, Jim (Jason Biggs) is told by his buddies that getting to “third base” felt like “warm apple pie”. Later, he comes home and lo and behold, there’s a warm apple pie sitting on the kitchen counter. And as one does when they’re a naive teenager who’s yet to have sex, Jim decides to bone it.
Now depending on if you saw the movie in cinemas or on DVD, you would’ve either seen Jim humping and pumping the pie on the kitchen counter or holding the pie against, uh, himself.
It’s a lot of pie-porking but the truth is that there was a lot more boning than what we saw and it’s enough to make you feel sorry for both Jim and what’s left of the pie.
The New York Times (of all places) did a deep dive into the making of the pie-boning scene with the filmmakers and Biggs revealed that he wasn’t aroused. Not only that, he didn’t even stick his dick in the (fake) pie and sort of just had his junk “against” the (fake) pie.
Talk about not taking one for the team. Daniel Day-Lewis would’ve done it for real and he would’ve won an Oscar for it.
Anyway, while Biggs didn’t actually bone a pie for real, he did have to fake-bone the pie a lot. Like a lot. He not only filmed those two versions of the scene above, the director would make him do multiple takes from various angles with his bits at various levels of exposure.
All in all, he said it took six hours to film the scene, which is heaps of pie-boning no matter how you swing it.
“Like, ‘O.K., you’re showing too much crack. Oh, you’re showing not enough crack. We can see a little bit of your penis here.’ It was probably like six hours of doing it from all different angles and all different versions of it. “
But all jokes aside, credit must be given to all the work that went into the pie-boning scene and Biggs’ adult-star level of stamina because all that humping resulted in an iconic scene that made American Pie a teenage sex comedy classic and a place in film history as “the dude who porked an apple pie”.