I was dubious as I plugged American Pie Presents: The Naked Mile into my DVD player. The movie is a direct to DVD entry, which is always a scary and risky move. Most movies go directly to DVD for a reason, and the rare successes are rarely comedies. Surprisingly, The Naked Mile hits the mark just enough times to make it a worthy entry into the franchise.
The Naked Mile follows the adventures of Erik Stifler (I like the spelling!), as he realizes that he is the only Stifler in the family who's a virgin. A high school student, he has a loving girlfriend, but she's a virgin and proud of it. Observing that is frustration is rising, his girlfriend does what any girlfriend would do in said situation - she gives him a "guilt free pass" to do what he wants for one weekend. He takes it literally - she, of course, quickly reconsiders, but not before he and his two friends have rushed off to his brother's college for some frat house fun and participation in The Naked Mile, a streaking parade through campus. Will he stay faithful to his girl, or will hundreds of naked girls lure him out of the "V Club"?
First off, The Naked Mile is a great idea. What better marketing tool can you have than a bunch of college girls (and guys) running naked through campus? That right there makes the movie worth it, and that doesn't include all of the crazy frat parties, football games against little people and more.
The Naked Mile is not the best teen comedy ever conceived, and certainly isn't as good as the three theatrical American Pie movies. That being said, I'm a little surprised this film didn't make it to theaters. It wouldn't have been the best comedy of the year, but compared to most of the garbage that hits theaters, this one is pretty decent. With American Pie attached to the title, this is a potentially big money maker, and with nudity and sexuality in the MPAA rating, that's all the better (although this is an unrated version).
And the features? Crap. There's a "Yoga Guide for Getting Girls," but it's horribly low quality and completely stupid. "The Bare Essentials" is mildly funny as it shows a few of the characters getting their butts waxed, but is just a lame version of the featurette found on the 40 Year Virgin DVD. There are also some deleted scenes, outtakes and a look at the little people in the movie.
American Pie Presents: The Naked Mile is not the greatest movie in the world, and could have certainly been funnier. Nevertheless, the movie is a surprisingly good entry in the direct-to-DVD market, and is well worth watching if you like teen comedies.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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