|American Pie Presents: Band Camp
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- This one time, at band camp ... We made a pretty bad movie
When a movie comes out strait to video there is usually a reason, and this was one of those. This was not the fourth instalment in the American Pie series, but more of a spin-off. It's unfortunate that a triology like American Pie has this trying to ride on it's coat tails.
Here we see the younger brother of American Pie's Steve Stiffler, Matt Stiffler, who is following in his older brother's footsteps. His bad behavior at school has resulted in a discipline action: go to band camp this summer or be expelled. Whoa to the innocents at band camp who are there to feel the wrath of Matt's evil nature. Matt plots to make the best of his band camp experience by filming a Girls Gone Wild type video to sell and make him rich. Naturally, Stiffler meets a wonderful girl amidst the quirky, somewhat awkward characters who he tries to clean up his act to have her actually like him. But he gives into his wants by pulling pranks (the ipecac syrip on the band instruments), is discovered, and emerges from band camp having learned his lessons.
This started off with an alright premiss, but it quickly fell flat. The American Pie movies set the bar, but we already knew what was going to happen thanks to the other three movies. The lead, Matt, was actually a dead ringer for the guy who played Stiffler in the original Pie movies, even though he has darker hair and features. But, the first Stiffler did it before. And where are the sex games that Michelle kept talking about that all the band camp geeks do!?! That's why we rented this movie to begin with!
Meh, it's alright, but don't take it too seriously....more info
- My Philosophy of Sequels
Im 10 years old and i like sequels that have numbers in them. As far as im consurned if it doesnt have a number its not a sequel to me! Cheaper By the Dozen 2 was a sequel because it had the number 2 in it. American Wedding should have been called American Pie 3: The Wedding and this peice of junk should have been called American Pie 4: BAND CAMP. I thought this movie was ok but i asked my brother to bring it back to the store because i felt it wasnt a sequel because it didt have a number on it it sayed the word Presents!!!! SO PEOPLE LISTEN TO ME!!! ITS NOT A SEQUEL WITHOUT A NUMBER
American Pie 2
Cheaper by the Dozen 2
Star Wars 4
NOT SEQUELS BECAUSE NO NUMBERS
Meet the Fockers
American Pie Band Camp
NO NUMBA NO SEQUEL...more info
- Come on guys...4 stars? 5 stars? Are you for real?
I was very surprised to see that this movie was averaging 3 stars here on Amazon. On IMDB, with 2,770 votes cast, it has a 4.9 out of 10 rating. THAT is the rating I feel is most appropriate.
And some people here gave this movie five stars? Are you serious? Are you high? Were you high when watching?
I rented this for one reason: to see how bad it was. It came perilously close to a one star rating, but it had a few redeeming qualities, such as Arielle Kebbel as Elyse, and Tad Hilgenbrink's uncanny resemblance to the older Stifler. Amazon says he doesn't have the same impish charm; perhaps they're right. But he showed a softer side than his older brother ever did, and that was what saved this movie from one star. Elyse said something early in the film about Stifler from his younger days - she said that when he was around her, he was Matt, but when he was around his older brother, he was a jerk. Sure, his metamorphosis into a caring person comes too quickly, and sure, Elyse should never have forgiven him for his many, many stupid things (could anyone date a guy who tried to have sex with an oboe and was CAUGHT?) but the metamorphosis does come, and in a rare occurrence for an American Pie movie, someone actually grows up. (The Shermanator does not count. He's a guidance counselor? Give me a break. He could hardly guide himself through a maze.)
The movie's premise was profoundly ridiculous. A guidance counselor sends a bratty teenager to Band Camp when he doesn't play an instrument? And Band Camp is a serious event? The good ol' Shermanator proves he's still a little geeky boy with no ability to make real-life decisions.
The plot, and most of the events surrounding the plot (Stifler ordered how many thousands of dollars worth of spying equipment...when did he become rich?) are incomprehensible, but I have to admit that I did laugh a few times.
Oh, and if you like Tad - that is, if you think he's cute - there are some bonuses in the film for you. There are plenty of scenes where he's in the buff. Party on.
- Entertaining Enough, But....
The most important thing people need to know about this film is that it is a spinoff of the other American Pie films. Only two characters return from the first three movies. Jim's dad and Sherman ("The Shermanator") return as counselors. Oddly enough, both flop and have no where near the appeal they had in the previous installments. Fortunately, they don't have enough airtime to really hurt the film either.
This movie focuses on the character Matt Stifler, younger brother of Steve Stifler (from the previous American Pie films). He is sent to band camp as punishment for a practical joke he committed. He purchases a bunch of spy equipment in an effort to film a "Girls Gone Wild" style video of the band geeks (we find out his older brother has become famous doing this). He ends up falling in love with one of the band girls and ultimately becomes a good guy.
Not surprisingly, the plot has worn rather thin. This was already evident in American Wedding and only got worse this time around. However, that said, I found the movie to be rather entertaining and charming. It has enough gags to entertain us guys and has a genuine love story to appeal to girls. Personally, I enjoyed both aspects. However, I truly hope this is the end of the series. ...more info
- American Band Camp Unrated
Not as good as the American Pie movies but a pretty good movie. It's a nice addition to collection. Matt Stiffler is a good character in this movie and the movie centers around him while he leans an important lesson in both life and love. ...more info
- A great movie for Middle Schoolers
If you are between the ages of 12 and 16,lack intelligence and laugh at the most pathetic of things then this is just the flick for you. Band Camp is the epitome of a bad, cheesey teen movie. Couldnt sit through more than 20 minutes of it....more info
- MY 666th REVIEW? AAAAAA!!!
Unlike a lot of people, I actually liked American Pie 2 more than the original American Pie (although the original is what brought the word "milf" into the American lexicon). But American Wedding was pretty okay; not only had most of the jokes already run their course (especially the scenes with Stifler's mom or ANYthing Stifler-related), but most of the main cast weren't even in the movie. The latter aspect is also evident in the straight-to-video release Band Camp.
I see where other reviewers are coming from when they say that this movie feels more like a spin-off (or maybe a crossover) than a sequel, and I also think that Sarah Borkowski's review is pretty on-point. This movie introduces Tad Hilgenbrinck as Steve Stifler's younger brother Matt Stifler, and that alone shows a continuity errors: in the first two movies, Steve's brother's name was never mentioned; plus, he was played by Eli Marienthal. I think Tad only got the job because he looks so much like Seann William Scott. Before I forget, though, here's a forewarning to the guys: if all you're looking for in this movie is gratuitous nudity, you won't find it here. In fact, you see more of Tad's a** than anything else.
Anyway, on to the movie. Matt and his pals are planning to prank the band geeks at his high school because Matt wants badly to follow in his brother's footsteps. The latest prank has him sent to see the guidance counselor, who turns out to be Chuck "The Shermanator" Sherman (Chris Owen). You can tell that that role was meant to give a "my, how the tables have turned" appeal, but I don't know; it just didn't do anything for me. Anyway, Sherman sends Matt to band camp for the summer.
Upon arriving at band camp, we meet the only real saving grace to this movie: Jim's dad, Mr. Levinstein, as the head counselor (Eugene Levy is ALWAYS funny, so that's no surprise). Matt also meets his childhood crush, Elyse Houston (played by Arielle Kebbel -- quite a step up from Soul Plane, isn't it?), and she reminds him that he was a sweet guy until he started trying to be like his brother.
After, say, halfway into the movie, it seems like things will get better, but then everything plays out almost exactly like what happened in American Wedding. Stifler's annoying pranks are good for a few laughs, but then he screws up so bad that even the audience at home thinks he's a jerk; then he finally realizes the error of his ways and fixes things up for the girl of his dreams just before the credits roll.
Even a veteran porn star (Ginger Lynn Allen) and a pair of Playboy Playmates (Rachel Veltri and Angela Little) do little to add interest to this movie. Like the case with American Wedding, Band Camp is only worth buying to complete your American Pie collection.
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- Not worth your time
though it may seem funny in the ads, it wasnt, didnot have the same humor as before...It was too slapstick, and not natural like the trilogy......more info
- Jessus Chriist
Come on. Why do they produce these movie sequels with none of the characters from the previous films? This is bad as Caddyshack 2 and Blues Brothers 2000. Please shoot me if you catch me watching this....more info
- made for 14 year olds
When I was a kid, they made stupid movies too, but not this stupid! Every generation is supossed to advance. Life doesn't go backwards. The kids today are so deviod of anything to shock them into adulthood. Even a war that they might have to join in with sooner than they'd like hasn't made them aware that there are things in life that need to be serious about , DEAD SERIOUS!
Maybe a draft activation will shock these kids into growing up. The movie is made for 16-20 year olds with 10-13 year old mentality. My father used to say"..it's nice to be a kid. When you're a kid you've got a clear head"
I guess they may as well injoy this mindless nonsense as long as they can. In time they too will grow up and have to "carry that weight a long time" as the Beatles said. ...more info
okay band camp was a little better than ap 3, but still not as good as one. this movie was okay. it was funny to a point but thats all....more info
- This was the worse one
All the American Pie movies have their plus side. This one basically sucked. It was a chore to watch the whole movie. The others I have watched 3 or 4 times, I will not watch this one again....more info
- Great, funny movie
I really don't understand why this movie got such harsh reviews... I honestly thought it was the best american pie!!! It's so hilarious and Stiffy junior is amazing, maybe even better than the infamous Stiffler!! I think that if you like those kinds of movies (like american pie, eurotrip, 100 girls, etc.), you will definitely enjoy this flick!!...more info
- Stale pie
IF you like the previous AMERICAN PIE movies, you will probably like this one. However, you will likely not enjoy it as much as the previous ones. For what it is, it's OK. Not fantastic, just OK.
What the movie lacks is the dynamic of the previous AP flicks. This next generation of AP does not feature the calibre of actors such as Tara Reid, Alyson Hannigan and Seann William Scott. There are a few tie-in actors from the previous AP, but only in bit parts.
The worst idea was to have some actor (not Seann William Scott) stand-in for Stiffler. This scene was totally unnecessary and superfluous. Not sure whose idea it was, but you can't fool people into thinking that someone else is capable of playing Stiffler. Scott has shown himself to have a screen presence that is out of the league of everyone in this farce.
Of course, the whole premise of the movie does not help matters. To say that the plot is silly would be an understatement. That's not to say that the plot of the previous 3 could rival Shakespeare, but this one was the weakest of the 4.
The biggest saving grace of the film is the eye-candy drum-major, Arielle Kebbel. She is beautiful as the wholesome midwestern girl-next door (complete with integrity!). I fell in love with her about 10 minutes into the movie! She also has a genuine acting talent and I hope to see much more of her. Sadly, she's one of the few girls in the film who doesn't take her shirt off (hate it when that happens!).
If you're a die-hard AP fan, you may as well see this one. Some of the pranks are recycled or @ least variations of the predecessors. Also, the special features on this one are LAME. Still, it's just barely watchable if the party movie genre is your thing....more info
- Pretty good; should have had more people from the other movies though.
Overall it was a decent movie. I dont think it was as good as any of the others, but it still held its own. They tried to make something different from the rest of the films so people dont get bored. Anyway, does anybody know the name of the band and song that is playing during the scene where Ernie (Matt Stifler's roommate) is controlling the robot and makes it give the soda to Chloe; and when hes walking over the bridge with the robot right after the Chloe scene. Thanks for the help....more info
- Pretty Lame
Well, this came out here in New Zealand about half way through October, I don't know why its taking so long to be realeased here. But don't worry its not worth the wait. I has maybe 2 American Pie standard funny parts, the rest is really average. The guy that plays Stifflers brother is quite good, maybe a bit to good, instead of playing his brother he comes across as trying to act EXACTLY like Stiffler. Theres also a lot of near nudity parts, this usually doesn't bother me but its really obvious they used bad editing to basically cut everthing, which as you isn't like and American Pie movie. Rent if you must, but don't buy....more info
- If band camp was really like this... I'd be there in a second. (3.5 stars really)
The gang we've all come to know from the American Pie trilogy has left to pursue their lives. With one door closing, another opens. Stifler is still at it in the 4th installment, though it aint the Stifler you think it is. Instead of Steve, we have Matt Stifler, the younger brother who is all grown up now and heading into his summer break of his junior year of high school. The school is having is having a ceremony for the seniors as a last goodbye. The school band is there to play, but Stifler has other ideas. Stifler's little prank goes a little haywire which causes him to get into some trouble. His penalty?... To go to band camp and learn to be a team player. Trying to turn a negative into a positive, Matt decides to buy spy gear and spy on his new found camp goers to catch them doing some dirty acts with one another. Just Stifler being a Stifler.
I really liked Band Camp and think it was a decent installment to the series. Sure it's got a lower budget and a no name cast, but it does feel like a Pie movie. Actually, it could've been called Band Camp without the American Pie name and it probably wouldn't get nearly the heat it gets. While American Wedding tried and failed (in my opinion) to make Steve seem kind of likeable in the end, Band Camp does give you hope for Matt. In the beginning, Matt is a total jerk who doesn't want nothing more than to be like his older brother Steve. Through the movie though, you can see him beginning to become less of a jerk and more of an okay friend to hopefully one day an ok guy. It was nice to see him begin to stick up to his friends, while at the same time still being `himself'. He still liked to play the pranks and he still liked to get the girls, but he stopped with worrying about what some people thought about him.
As for the jokes and nudity, there is an abundance. I laughed at a lot of the scenes, even the dumb ones. I couldn't help it. Maybe it's cause I didn't take the movie serious when going into it. I actually thought it was going to be really bad, but was definitely surprised. Everything from the oboe scene to the special sunscreen I liked. And there were plenty of boob shots thanks to the spy cams. And for you girls, Matt loves to show off his butt.
Also there are even some nice scenes for you love doves out there. It was kind a funny to see one of the nerdy guys who became Matt's first friend at camp trying to get with the bad girl of the group. And there was one scene that I liked that had two people on a dock. It was sweet. Yeah I said it. Do something.
In the end I would say it's a worthy addition to the Pie family. It's American Pie guys, it's not supposed to be real. Even the first three movies were fake as heck also. Give it a try if you haven't.
P.S. - Arielle Kebbel is so so so yummy.
- Band Camp
Alright, well I see the people giving this 1 and 2 stars and I totally understand. But I love watching any type of comedy movies and this one made me laugh quite alot. Wasnt better than the other American Pie movie but this one is definately worth the watch. I didnt buy this movie, a friend did I just watched it there. But its pretty funny. The main guy, is a straight idiot so it makes it even more funny. If your not all critical on movies and just want to watch a quick comedy check this movie out. ...more info
- Not Quite a Sequel... But Still Funny!
I rented this movie w/ an open mind thinking that it wouldent compare to the original 3. well, i was wrong! this movie has 2 remaining Characters from the original 2 (not Wedding) Sheminater, Jims Dad, and Stiflers Mom( Very breif, one of those things if you blink you miss it)Well I liked it so much I purchased it! What happens is that stifflers bro Matt gets sentenced to band camp! The Rest find out Yourself people who love nudie parts get the Unrated Extended Cut...more info
- dumb, overdone, unoriginal
They just try to hard, the whole story with Stifler's brother being and acting exactly like original Stifler is just dumb, save yourself some money and time and don't bother watching this one......more info
- Surprisingly good!
The fourth entry in the American Pie series "American Pie Presents Bandcamp" is surprisingly good. When it comes to straight to video releases I don't have very high expectations, but much to my suprise, I enjoyed the fourth movie of the American Pie series. The only cast members left from the original movies are Sherman, and Jim's dad.
In American Pie presents Bandcamp. Matt Stiffler is sentenced to a summer of bandcamp, after he gets caught pulling a prank during on the band during graduation. Hearing of all the sexual escapes of band camp, Matt orders a bunch of video gear, to make Bandies Gone Wild. After awhile he begins to bond with the band geeks. Eventually learning, that if he continues to act like his older brother Steve no one will like him. So, Matt begins to change his ways and becomes friends with the bandies in the end.
Fans of the previous American Pie films will enjoy this one as well....more info
- oh come on!
This movie isn't just bad. Its really, REALLY bad. Horrible, in fact.
When I first saw this movie on the shelf at the movie store, I couldn't help but laugh. And to those of you who were giving crap to the people that reviewed this movie without even bothering to watch it first, well....can you blame them? I mean honestly. There is a reason why some movies don't make it to the theatre, and go straight to DVD. And this movie would be a great example of why that happens.
Now, ill agree with some of you who say that "American Wedding" wasn't very good. In fact, it was a pretty big disappointment. I feel that they should have stopped making these movies after "american pie 2" but I definitely wouldn't go so far as to say that it was worse than this movie. Because there is no comparison whatsoever. Atleast "american wedding" still had a few good laughs, and there was an actual point to that movie, not to mention that it still had most of the original cast in it.
Anyway, I happened to come across this movie a few nights ago when they showed it on TBS after Sex and the City. I decided to watch it, just to see if it was as bad as I figured it would be. But I was wrong. Because it was WORSE than I thought. Its not even funny in a stupid way. Its just plain stupid. The guy who plays Stiflers younger brother is a really bad actor. I thought he resembled the actual Stifler....for about two seconds. He tries waaaaay too hard to impersonate him, especially when he tries to annoyingly imitate Stiflers facial expressions. Its painful to see. And come on....his punishment after the prank he played on his high school's band is to be sent to band camp? Right.
Seriously. I advise you, do NOT waste your money on this movie. At the very least, if your curiousity gets the best of you, wait until it shows on TV, otherwise, just pass it up entirely....more info
- Worth watching
I saw an advanced screening of this movie and it was just amazing. The whole plot being based on Stiflers little brother was a great idea. This movie is definatley worth buying....more info
- Not as "smart" as its predecessors
American Pie Band Camp is a spin-off (not a sequel) to the previous American Pie movies. It mentions some of the characters and events from previous movies, but it NOT otherwise related except through Stifler's younger brother. His brother pulls a prank on the band and is forced to go to band camp with them over the summer. It's the typical cool kid finding out that the dorks aren't all that bad.
While the previous American Pie movies were slapstick comedy and full of tasteless, yet hilarious humor, there were elements of wittiness and impeccable timing to the jokes. American Pie Band Camp was just some random breasts and overdone acting. Yeah, the characters in the other American Pie movies were over-the-top, but they were well-acted over-the-top. I liked the kid who played Stifler's brother because you could really believe he was related to Stifler, but he was just too much. Everyone was just a little too much of whatever stereotype they were supposed to be playing. It's like it was Not Another Team Movie, and it was just a parody of itself. There are some parts that are really funny, where I laughed out loud, but the rest of the movie was pretty much awful...
It's a movie to rent if you want something light-hearted to have in the background while you're doing something else. If you don't expect another American Pie then the movie isn't that bad....more info