Movie Review: American Pie Presents: Beta House (2007)


Can you believe American Pie was released nearly ten years ago? Since then the franchise has seen two theatrical sequels and two direct-to-DVD offerings. Later this month, a third Blockbuster special is slated to hit the shelves – American Pie Presents: Beta House. Read on to determine if this movie even remotely holds a candle to its namesake . . .

It should be rather obvious, Universal Pictures is simply milking the American Pie name at this point. None of the original cast, except for Eugene Levy, would touch any of these latest movies with a ten-foot pole. Hell, the only link between American Pie Presents: Beta House and its’ forefather is the Stifler character. You may remember a sex crazed, vulgar douche bag by the name of Steve Stifler (Seann William Scott) from the original movies. It turns out he’s got a lot of relatives – namely cousins Erik (John White) and Dwight (Steve Talley). Dwight it turns out is the cool kid on campus and the defacto head of the craziest fraternity, Beta Delta Xi. They’re all about wreaking havoc and partying into the wee hours of the morning. Erik and his buddies, Bobby (Nic Nac) and Cooze (Jake Siegel), want nothing more than to become a part of the brotherhood of partiers. But aside from the 50 pledge tasks to be completed before semesters end, there is another bump in the road: Epsilon Sigma Kappa, also known as Geek House, want the Beta boys uncharted and off campus. Enter the Greek Games, a discontinued fraternity battle, to determine who stays and who goes.

Here’s the problem, even though American Pie Presents: Beta House is meant to be blatantly stupid and fun, writers Adam Herz and Erik Lindsay could have at least tried to be original. From that short synopsis you should be able to see the parallels with two of the biggest college comedies ever made – Revenge of the Nerds and Animal House. These two movies have no peers, and no one in their right mind should be trying to develop one.

On the other hand, American Pie Presents: Beta House does something so many other straight to DVD releases have failed to do recently (see Cougar Club as an example) – pile on the gratuitous nudity, all while reducing humor to the lowest possible common denominator. Bra unsnapping as one of the events in the Greek Games is brilliant. So is co-ed showers – in place just so girls can prance around in their birthday suits. On the sick humor end of things, watching a girl squirt ejaculation in a guys face is pretty low-brow (Megan if you’re reading this, call me), but seeing aged horse semen explode in someone’s mouth is even lower.

So what you get is singlehandedly one of the dumbest movies ever made. The plot has been done 1000x better before and the acting sucks (assuming you can call it that). But trumping it all is the multitude of tits and ass. And hey, isn’t that the only reason anyone would watch this? After all, ½ the cast is simply labeled “hot girl”! So take my rating of American Pie Presents: Beta House with a grain of salt – it was graded by my whimsical adolescent half and it doesn’t take much to please that part of me.

Critical Movie Critic Rating:
4 Star Rating: Good

4

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I'm an old, miserable fart set in his ways. Some of the things that bring a smile to my face are (in no particular order): Teenage back acne, the rain on my face, long walks on the beach and redneck women named Francis. Oh yeah, I like to watch and criticize movies.


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    December 12, 2007 @ 10:31 am AnAngryPerson's other personality

    To expand on what you said I would agree with what you said about the movie I also have seen the movie and its previous prequel(American pie 5, they seem to tie in with the characters and setting). It is an ok movie I don’t think, like some recent movies that I have seen that it is one of those movies such as snakes on a plane that I call tax payers(the actor is only staring in it to pay taxes, basically make money off it, although it seemed like one of those movies never seem it though). It genuinely seems to have a pretty ok plot but watching the movie it kinda seems basic and the start of the movie where the guys are doing tasks to get in seems to be a filler which leads into the very little substance of the desert of the main part of the movie, the actual part of trying to beat the geek house they could have expanded it further I think with the whole geek thing.

    If I had to rate it personally I’d go one bar lower and give it 3 Sh*ts and leave readers with these words if you’ve seen the fifth one, this one has a good story but it doesn’t meet the level the fifth brought(not that it was all that I’d give that 2), I would say its a one use only movie watch on a rainy day or when you’re bored thats it. Other wise I’d recommend AP4 if you want to watch a better spin off from the series that is by far the best out of the 3 so far.

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    December 14, 2007 @ 9:05 pm Vic

    I love mindless movies filled with an adundance of naked girls too. I’ll keep an eye out for this at the local video store.

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    December 21, 2007 @ 6:10 pm azzman

    I saw a commercial for this ten minutes ago did a Google search and found myself here. Based off of what I saw and what I just read I’ll definately be checking this out. Thankks. Nice site.

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    December 22, 2007 @ 11:05 pm General Disdain

    It genuinely seems to have a pretty ok plot…

    The plot is about as mindless as all the “hot girls” that were cast. It’s all about the T&A. Thankfully! :P

    I love mindless movies filled with an adundance of naked girls too.

    Me too! I’m so simple.

    Based off of what I saw and what I just read I’ll definately be checking this out. Thankks. Nice site.

    Thanks, and come back real soon!

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    January 1, 2008 @ 6:13 pm Tom H

    As a member of a Greek organization, I am SO SICK OF GREEK STEREOTYPES. This movie has them all. College is great. I love parties and women as much as the next guy, but no fraternity has a fully functioning night club complete with strippers and tons of free alcohol. This is quite possibly the worst college film ever made.

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    July 22, 2010 @ 6:54 pm Sam

    Beta house has to be the BEST movie in the non-original series!! The exaggeration of promiscuity of girls at uni (tits n ass) and the excessive but true drinking culture! Its what every young guy wants to see

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    July 13, 2012 @ 1:25 am Math

    A stupid movie for virgin…

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