American Pie Star Shannon Elizabeth Says ‘There’d Be A Problem’ If Movie Came Out Nowadays

American Pie star Shannon Elizabeth says ‘there’d be a problem' if the movie came out nowadays. Find out what else she said here…
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American Pie star Shannon Elizabeth believes that ‘there’d be a problem’ if the movie came out nowadays.

The hit comedy film was released in 1999 and had four successful sequels.

As a franchise, American Pie grossed a total of $990 million worldwide on a combined budget of $147 million.

The cult series is known for its crude, raunchy comedy – but one cast member doesn’t think it would work today.

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Shannon Elizabeth, who played exchange student Nadia in the film, made reference to a specific scene while talking to Page Six.

The scene involves her character unknowingly being watched by Jim (Jason Biggs), Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas) and Kevin (Thomas Ian Nicholas) as she is getting undressed.

Unfortunately for Nadia, the video is then accidentally broadcast to her entire school.

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After the video is shared, Nadia is sent home to the Czech Republic, while the boys who were filming her received no punishment.

Discussing the scene, the actress says: “If this had come out after the #MeToo movement, there would definitely be a problem.

“I think that it would have gone down differently.”

Jason Biggs
Stars of the hit 90s comedy have claimed that it would struggle to be made in today’s environment. Credit: Universal Pictures

She also explains that the scene was awkward for her as she was still new to the film industry.

Elizabeth recalls: “It was a closed set and it was just me in this room and the boom guy above me.

“That’s the main thing I remember, just me and the boom guy, and trying to make jokes with the directors and make light of it because if I wasn’t nervous maybe they wouldn’t be so nervous…

“I just tried to make it no big deal.”

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Elizabeth is not the only actor from American Pie to claim that the movie would struggle to be made if it came out today.

Seann William Scott, who played the iconic character Stifler in the series, said the jokes from that film could get you ‘arrested’ and ‘sent to jail’.

In an interview with Jake’s Takes, he explains: “You know, I was having a conversation with a friend the other day, I was like, ‘You could never make American Pie these days’.”

Jennifer Coolidge
Shannon Elizabeth, who played Nadia, believes that the raunchy comedy would have caused problems if it came out in the midst of the #MeToo movement. Credit: Universal Pictures

He continues: “Some of the stuff in that movie, you would get arrested and probably go to jail for a long time if you did it.

“I think a lot of the broader comedies, a lot of the stuff that gave me a career, I don’t see there ever being an appetite for those sort of movies again.

“I mean, I could be wrong. It feels like people, myself included, appreciate more of a witty, smart humour and good writing as opposed to just something kind of over-the-top.”

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Written by Rosario Monachino

Rosario is a content editor at IGV who specialises in film, TV and entertainment news. He has a degree in English and Film from the University of Salford and a masters in Journalism from Liverpool John Moores University.