In the late 70s to early 80s, National Lampoon Magazine had its name on a number of very good, very successful, and very stupid-funny movies including National Lampoons Animal House and National Lampoons Vacation. There has always been a stinker however Over the past 25 years, there has been a steady decrease in the quality of movies associated with the NL moniker and an increase in the stinkers. There have been hits like Christmas Vacation and a couple low budget sorta-kinda funny movies like Van Wilder. Then in the s, a slew of videos started showing up on Blockbusters new release shelves such as Christmas Vacation:2 and Pledge This. Instead of dying an honorable death it seems they have gone into over-drive with a quantity over quality stategy.
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It was the first film to be directed by the Weitz brothers, and the first film in the American Pie series. The film was a box-office hit and spawned two direct sequels: American Pie 2 and American Wedding The film concentrates on four boys who make a pact to lose their virginity before their high school graduation. The title of the film refers to a scene in the film in which the lead character is caught masturbating with a pie after previously being told that third base feels "like warm apple pie. In , readers of Total Film magazine voted American Pie the 6th greatest comedy film of all time and in viewers of Channel 4 in the UK voted it 7th in a list of the 50 Greatest Comedy Films. Since the conclusion of the original American Pie trilogy , featuring the courtship and marriage of the characters Jim Levenstein and Michelle Flaherty, the American Pie name has gone on to be used as an entity similar to the National Lampoon film series.