If you grew up watching movies on cable channels, you must have surely watched American Pie. American Pie is a highly celebrated movie franchise that is a cult classic. The movie deals with the commonly used trope back in those days; high school teenagers, frat parties, obsession with sex, and harmless debauchery. With the release of American Pie, the genre of high school movies was established in Hollywood. They were enjoyed for many years after that.
Since American Pie was released, there have been a lot of other movies which are similar in nature. They also focus on a high school/college audience and have characters made up of adolescent children. These coming-of-age comedies are well-loved by everyone, and aside from the comedy, there is a lot to learn about life as well. So, let’s take a look at 10 movies like these which will make for an entertaining watch!
10 Movies like American Pie
Superbad is a 2007 comedy movie directed by Greg Mottola. The movie starts with A list of Hollywood actors such as Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Seth Rogen, and Bill Hader. This movie is a cult classic like American Pie and is one of the best coming-of-age comedies of the early 2000s.
The movie is a typical high school movie as well. It revolves around two best friends; Seth and Evan who are in their last year of high school. Both of them are awkward, dorky teenagers who are still a virgin. But they both plan to lose their virginity and party hard before they go off to college. But their plan comes to a halt when one of them gets into a different college than the other. With a quiet tension hanging between the two friends about this fact, both of them go out to party, and one after the other, things go hilariously wrong for both of them, as nothing goes exactly the way they wanted it to.
Booksmart is a 2019 coming-of-age movie directed by Olivia Wilde. The film received critical acclaim on its release and is considered one of the best high school comedies of modern times.
The plot revolves around two high school best friends; Amy and Molly, who have been good students their entire high school lives. But before leaving for college, they want to break the rules and do all the things they didn’t do during their high school lives. Here, Molly and Amy have different personalities.
Molly is unpopular and disliked, but she is quite proud of the fact that she got into an Ivy League college. And that makes her boast about this to her other peers. But her peers in turn tease her about not enjoying her school life at all, even though she is in a great college. This fuels Molly’s fixation on breaking the rules just like what her peers have done all the years! Finally, on the last day, she is determined to enjoy her high school life to the fullest and also do things that she hasn’t done over the years. She somehow convinces Amy and the both of them go around partying, having the craziest night of their lives.
3. 21 Jump Street
21 Jump Street is a 2012 cop comedy movie directed by Chris Miller and Phil Lord. The cast consists of Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Brie Larson, James Franco, and Ice Cube.
The movie revolves around two high school failures; Morton Schmidt and Greg Jenko. Both of them have the same high school ending of missing their senior prom, but because of different reasons. Greg was a popular guy but was barred from attending the prom because he was failing his classes. Schmidt didn’t go because he was rejected by his crush.
But both of them become unlikely pals when they meet years later at the police academy. However, when they are given an assignment that involves them infiltrating a high school, they are given fake high school identities so that they can blend in. But Greg and Schmidt confuse the alliances given to them, and it all goes sideways from there.
4. Pitch Perfect
Pitch Perfect is a 2012 musical comedy directed by Jason Moore. The movie stars Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Adam Devine, Brittany Snow, and Elizabeth Banks.
The movie revolves around Barden University’s all-female Acapella group, which doesn’t have a good trajectory in fests and competitions. They are always humiliated and competing with the boys’ group. In a new semester, the two heads of the group Aubrey and Chloe start auditing for a fresh team. That’s when the new student Beca comes in. Beca is a talented singer and music producer, and she sees things differently from her other Acapella group members.
She has different visions for the group’s music than Aubrey, whose ideas are outdated and overdone. But with Beca as a group member, the team reaches new heights, and wins hearts, which they haven’t been able to do before. However, Beca’s personality comes in between the group members and her relationships, threatening to destroy them. She has to learn how to be a team player before she can dream of continuing with her musical aspirations.
5. The Girl Next Door
The Girl Next Door is a 2004 raunchy American comedy film directed by Like Greenfield. The movie stars Emile Hirsch, Timothy Oliphant, Elisha Cuthbert, and Paul Dano.
The film revolves around a very simple high school guy Matthew Kidman, whose life in high school has been very boring and uneventful. His friends know about this fact but it doesn’t bother Matthew at all. However, his life changes when Danielle, a beautiful girl way out of his league moves next door.
Matthew and Danielle start to like each other, but Danielle’s past as a porn star comes back to haunt her and she leaves town. After Matthew hunts down Danielle after she leaves, he has a run-in with Danielle’s pimp, who makes life for Matthew a living hell. But after everything is said and done, Matthew and Danielle end up together happily.
6. Easy A
Easy A is a 2010 comedy movie directed by Will Gluck. The movie stars Emma Stone, Penn Badgley, Amanda Bynes, and Stanley Tucci. This movie received critical acclaim and Emma Stone received a Golden Globe nomination as well.
The movie revolves around Olive, a stay-at-home girl who lies to get out of social gatherings. She lies to her best friend about going out with someone so that she can get out of a social situation. But when her best friend keeps pestering her about it, Olive lies about losing her virginity to a college boy.
However, this piece of information is overheard by the prudish church girl; Marianne, and she spreads the information. Now Olive is labeled as a “skank” by the entire school. However, instead of trying to debunk these allegations about her personal life, she embraces it. She dresses like a hooker and brands herself with the letter “A” to show that other people’s words have no impact on how she will live her life.
7. No Hard Feelings
No Hard Feelings is a 2023 sex comedy film directed by Gene Stupnitsky. The movie stars Jennifer Lawrence and Andrew Barth Feldman as the main characters.
The movie revolves around a thirty-something woman named Maddie who is trying to make ends meet by doing menial jobs. She drives Uber and does other odd jobs. But nothing seems to be enough. However, she sees a post on Craigslist which gets her attention. The job description is to date a 19-year-old who is going off to college.
The boy lacks experience with girls and his parents don’t want him to be the odd one out at college, so they want a girl to date him. For dating their son, they will give the woman a brand new car. This offer was perfect for Maddie, as her car was broken and she needed a new one for her work. She starts dating the guy thinking it’s easy to crack a 19-year-old, but she is faced with the hardest task of her life as the guy is the most shy and awkward 19-year-old. However, Maddie doesn’t give up. And in the process, she starts to like him.
8. The House Bunny
The House Bunny is a 2008 comedy movie directed by Fred Wolf and produced by Adam Sandler. The movie stars Anna Faris, Emma Stone, and Colin Hanks.
The story revolves around Shelley, a Playboy mate living with High Hefner as a partner. However, she is deceived by jealous rivals and kicked out of Hugh’s house. With nowhere to go, she finds herself stranded. But when she sees a group of lively young girls having fun, she sees herself in them. Desperate to join those girls, she does everything that she can. She finds out that those girls are a part of a sorority. Since she can’t join the sorority, she decides to become the den mother or the house mother of the sorority. Instead, she becomes the residential House Bunny.
9. Not Another Teen Movie
Not Another Teen Movie is a 2001 parody movie directed by Joel Gallen. The movie stars Jaimy Pressly, Mia Kirshner Randy Quaid, Chris Evans, and Lacey Chabert.
The movie attempts to make fun of all the well-known chick flicks, and high school comedies which are famous. The plot is based on the story of “She’s All That” with references to movies like Ten Things I Hate About You, Pretty in Pink, American Pie, American Beauty, Cruel Intentions, Dazed and Confused, The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Grease, and Jawbreaker. The movie has no specific plot except for making fun of these movies and parodying the characters and events.
Ted is a 2012 comedy film directed by Seth McFarlane. The movie stars Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Seth McFarlane, and Joel McHale.
The movie revolves around John and his childhood soft toy; Ted. One day, John wishes that Ted would come back to life, and somehow, his wish is granted. After that, Ted and John continue living as the two brothers would. But when Ted’s lifestyle starts to come between John and his girlfriend, John decides that it’s time to ask Ted to move out.
Ted reluctantly accepts this and moves out, but harbors resentment in his heart. However, John and Ted have an inseparable bond, and even after kicking Ted out of their apartment, John has been missing work to hang out with Red secretly. However, John doesn’t know how to balance his relationship with his girlfriend and with Ted and ends up hurting both. After a violent encounter between Ted and John, they both mend their relationship, but there is no guarantee that Ted will ever mend his depraved ways.
We have come to the end of this blog. I hope that the list of movies is enjoyable and you have fun watching them with your friends. A little tip is to not watch these films when your family is around! Other than that, these movies are perfect for a friend’s sleepover or a house party.
Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.s Section)
1. What is the order of American Pie movies?
The American Pie movie series has four films. The order is American Pie (1999), American Pie 2, American Wedding (2003), and American Reunion (2012).
2. What is the plot of the American Pie movie?
The movie is a typical high school comedy where four friends make a bet within themselves to lose their virginity at a high school party. Inexperienced and awkward, all of them find out that “scoring” sex is not that easy, and as they keep trying to lose their virginity before going to college, hilarity ensues.