American Pie Presents: Girls’ Rules                     review by Bobby Blakey

In 1999 the teen sex comedy made a big comeback with American Pie. The film was a major hit and not only spawned 3 sequels to the main series, but a whole spin-off series as well under the brand American Pie Presents. Now the 5th film in that series Girl’s Rule is here starring Madison Pettis, Piper Curda, Natasha Behnam, and Lizze Broadway, but does it bring any laughs or will it be a pie not worth violatin?

Girls’ Rules follows Annie, Kayla, Michelle and Stephanie who decide to finally harness their girl power and band together to get what they want their last year of high school. The boys won’t know what hit them when these sassy sweethearts are calling the shots. Wild parties, sexy adventures and a Stifler bring the heat in this hot new slice of American Pie!

With these off shoot films in this series and the similar National Lampoon franchise, more often than not they are just unfunny and unwatchable. With that I wasn’t overly excited to dive into this one, but with the females leading the charge I thought I would give it a shot and I was actually surprised by how fun it is. Sure its cliché and predictable, but that is why it kind of works for what it is doing. It’s far from hilarious or a standout comedy but it works well enough to entertain.

I really enjoyed right out of the gate it was putting the woman in the forefront with their silly pact to lose their virginity in a story that has been done a thousand times over, but typically letting the men have all the fun. This is a variety of young ladies with different personalities and sex drives that are doing what they want and standing up for each other to make it feel fresh and fun while being familiar terrain.

The only continued connection to the actual American Pie is having a Stifler in the mix and this one is no different with it just in name alone and then moves on. There are some really funny moments and some heart here as well as just as many that miss the mark altogether. This is one that does feel like the straight to home release it has gotten, but the young cast do a good job carrying the film and making it more enjoyable than it might have been otherwise.

I went into this film with little to no interest totally expecting it to be hard to watch and came out having fun with it. You don’t need to see any other films in the franchise to check this one out so no need to bother unless you are just a franchise purist of some sort. Decide for yourself and check out American Pie Presents: Girls’ Rules available now on DVD and Digital from Universal Home Entertainment.

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