American Pie 6: Beta House


by Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)

I suppose there have been many failings in the American Pie sequels, more so in the straight-to-vid extensions than in the two theatrical sequels. American Pie 4: Band Camp has absolutely nothing to do with the first trilogy, and American Pie 5: The Naked Mile has absolutely nothing to do with American Pie 4. The decision to handle the series that way was not a good one on the part of the suits, for many reasons, the first and foremost being that the first trilogy was so popular because of our identification with the characters. The next two promptly dropped that element of instant empathy to introduce two completely new casts (except for cameos by Eugene Levy).

American Pie 5 was better than American Pie 4 in that regard. Although it did not connect to its predecessor, it did establish at least a tentative connection to the characters in the theatrical trilogy. It introduced two new Stifler cousins, one very much like the original Stifler, the other the ... er ... white sheep of the family, the shy nice guy who is required in every coming-of-age comedy. American Pie 6 has the good sense to build on the new Stifler characters and to bring Levy back as a major character rather than to stick his face in for a cameo. In essence, American Pie 5 and 6 are the first two parts of a second trilogy, while American Pie 4 is stranded on its own, with no connection either to its predecessors or its successors.

I thought that American Pie 5: The Naked Mile was a fairly entertaining movie because it combined some raunchy antics and nudity with a fairly good little coming-of-age story that had a tidy and spectacular ending which carried the romantic formula beyond the quotidian and reached for a bit of icon-building in the manner of The Graduate or Jerry Maguire. It didn't reach those heights, but at least it made the effort.

The weakness of American Pie 6 is that the romantic stories (yes, plural - there are two this time), while sweet enough, aren't interesting at all, and they basically just end with kisses in the pool. In general, the scriptwriter ran out of steam at the end, and the film just sort of drifts off into the credits at some random anticlimactic time. Meh.

The strength of American Pie 6 is the raunch. The nudity comes on the screen just about non-stop and the bodily fluids never stop being expelled from any and all orifices. I suppose some people don't consider raunch a positive element, but if you do like lots of breasts and gross-outs in your comedy, this is probably the rowdiest, lewdest, grossest film I've seen this year. It's not all that funny, but it is consistently naughty. There's about as much nudity as in American Pie 5: The Naked Mile, and there may be even more drunken ribaldry. And that's a lot.

In the previous film our heroes were high school seniors checking out the college action. They must have liked it, because this time the same lads are freshmen in that same college, trying to pledge the legendary Beta House. The Betas are the party animals, the Delta House for a new century. The Betas have an enemy who seeks to halt their drunken antics and shut their house down completely. Sound familiar? No, it's not Dean Wormer. In fact, there is no sign of any faculty or administration in this college. Their enemy is the kingpin of the snob fraternity. He's the rich guy in a suit, just as Greg Marmalard was in Animal House, but since this is the new millennium, the rich boys are all sons of computer geniuses and millionaires, so they are all nerds! Life has come full circle since the seventies, when the college movie nerds were the underdogs. Now they rule the roost. They even get the hottest chicks.

One disappointment between The Naked Mile (American Pie 5) and Beta House #6) is that the evil dwarves have been eliminated from the cast. Well, actually they do make a ... I was going to say a short appearance, but let's just call it a cameo.

The bitter rivalry between the Beta Frat and the Geek Frat finally comes down to the Greek Olympics, which they play for each other's charters and domiciles, kind of a "loser leave town" match. The competitions include: beer drinking; bra removal; and holding off on ejaculation as long as possible while being sexually taunted by the girlfriends or ringers provided by the other team. Another event is a riff on The Deer Hunter, a Russian Roulette game in which the two participants mimic the characters in the famous Cimino movie, and take the competition just as seriously as they did in the original. The difference is that instead of firing bullets into their temples, they are using a squirt gun with a revolving chamber to fire equine semen down their throats. And there's no doubt that stallion cum can be tough on the ol' throat. You might say the loser ends up a bit hoarse.

On that note, I think you probably have the general idea of the film. , so let's get to the nudity  except for the fat chick "riding the white whale," who is Christine Barger. I should have been able to identify the sex addict chick, but I couldn't figure it out from the credits. (Stifler goes to sexaholics anonymous to pick up chicks, but ends up regretting it. He has to sneak out after fucking her three times, and the designated house animal has to finish her off when he stumbles in inadvertently.)

American Pie 6 comes to DVD at Christmastime.


* widescreen anamorphic








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5.2 IMDB summary (of 10)

As of publication, the films in the series are rated as follows:

  1. American Pie ... 6.9
  2. American Wedding (#3) ... 6.2
  3. American Pie 2 ... 6.2
  4. Beta House (#6) ... 5.2
  5. The Naked Mile (#5) ... 5.2
  6. Band Camp (#4) ... 5.0


Straight to video





  • Neither of the two female stars got naked, so the girls in the nude scenes are all minor players or extras.
  • Christina Barger showed it all as the chubby guy's equally chubby girlfriend.
  • Angela Besharah, as the queen of the nerds, shows her breasts.
  • Tiffany Hubbard, as a sex addict, shows her breasts and buns
  • Sabine Oliveira and Dawne Furey, as strippers, show their breasts.
  • Several other women showed T&A, and one college co-ed showed it all when she got out of the shower.





Our Grade:

If you are not familiar with our grading system, you need to read the explanation, because the grading is not linear. For example, by our definition, a C is solid and a C+ is a VERY good movie. There are very few Bs and As. Based on our descriptive system, this film is a:


The nudity and raunch are kind of entertaining, but the film has nothing else. The storylines are not very engaging, and the jokes rely entirely on being gross and shocking rather than witty.