Sep 272020
 

American Pie Presents: Girls’ Rules isn’t as bad as one would expect for a DTV film and is probably on par or even slightly better than some of the other American Pie Present films thanks to a likeable enough cast.

 

 

American Pie Presents: Girls’ Rules
(2020)

Genre(s): Comedy
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment | R – 95 min. – $16.98 | October 6, 2020

Date Published: 09/27/2020 | Author: The Movieman


MOVIE INFO:
Directed by: Mike Elliott
Writer(s): Adam Herz (characters), Blayne Weaver and David H. Steinberg (written by)
Cast: Madison Pettis, Lizzie Broadway, Piper Curda, Natasha Behnam, Darren Barnet, Zachary Gordon, Camaron Engels, Christian Valderrama, Barry Bostwick, Ed Quinn, Sara Rue, Danny Trejo


DISC INFO:
Features: None
Slip Cover: Yes
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: DVD
Number of Discs: 1


Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.78
Subtitles: English SDH, Japanese, Spanish, Thai
Region(s): 1


THE MOVIE — 2½/5


Plot Synopsis: It’s senior year! Annie (MADISON PETTIS), Kayla (PIPER CURDA), Michelle (NATASHA BEHNAM), and Stephanie (LIZZIE BROADWAY) decide to finally harness their girl power and band together to get what they want. 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 new slice of American Pie.

Quick Hit Review: It’s been 8 years since the last Pie movie (American Reunion) and 11 when the last of these direct-to-video films came out (American Pie Presents: The Book of Love), so in these semi-quarantine times, guess now’s a good  enough time to resurrect this mostly forgotten franchise with American Pie Presents: Girls’ Rules which is in the same vein as Rough Night and Girls Trip, just with teen girls with foul mouths and the obligatory apple pie making a cameo appearance early on.

I will say up front, at the very least Girls’ Rules isn’t terrible, it’s probably on par or even a tad better than the others in the “American Pie Presents” line of direct-to-video movies. The main cast with Madison Pettis, Piper Curda, Natasha Behnam and Lizzie Broadway, who represents the obligatory Stifler in the franchise, shared some nice camaraderie with one another even when the material or comedy falls completely flat.

American Pie Presents: Girls’ Rules was directed by Mike Elliott who previously has been known for producing several direct-to-video sequels (Turbulence 2: Fear of Flying, Kindergarten Cop 2, Honey: Rise Up and Dance, The Scorpion King: Book of Souls and more recently, Bulletproof 2) as well as several of Rob Zombie’s movies and a producing career dating back to 1989. The script was written by Blayne Weaver (Honey 2) and David H. Steinberg (story writer of American Pie 2, Kindergarten Cop 2).

 

SPECIAL FEATURES – 0/5


This release comes with a title embossed slip cover but nothing else. No bonus material whatsoever.

 

VIDEO – 3¾/5, AUDIO – 3/5


Universal Pictures Home Entertainment releases the film presented with an anamorphic widescreen 1.78 aspect ratio and although it is standard def, still looks pretty good, showing off some of the cheap sets and is bright in keeping with the light-hearted, if not raunchy, nature of this comedy.

The disc comes with a basic but really underwhelming Dolby Digital 5.1 track. Dialogue comes across okay enough but everything else is really bland if not a bit too quiet, even the soundtrack which usually gets a boost to the rear speakers is really soft as well.

OVERALL – 2¼/5


Overall, American Pie Presents: Girls’ Rules isn’t as bad as one would expect for a DTV film and is probably on par or even slightly better than some of the other American Pie Present films thanks to a likeable enough cast even though they don’t get a whole lot to work with. Probably worthy of a rental or, if you have it, watching on Netflix in a few weeks.

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