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‘American Pie Presents: Girls’ Rules’ reviews: The sleeper comedy that packs a lot of jokes into a short story

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Americans believe in lying about their sexual history. In the context of an American Pie series, the liar is often a boy. But in “American Pie Presents: Girls’ Rules,” the single most unanticipated news in this sexually-charged comedy is that, like, 20 years ago, there was a single guy who had no sex before dating.

Maybe that’s what’s surprising, about a movie about teen boys. After all, this is a comedy that, some of the kids have sex at least twice in the span of minutes. So there’s no reason for Mr. Stifler to fear for his elective heart and head. But that’s not to say that he hasn’t earned it.

Young people these days have all sorts of deep and urgent experiences: social isolation; the gap between rich and poor; political conflict; each generation’s talk about the other generation’s generation’s ideology, its crackpot notions about war and gender roles, etc. Some moviegoers might just prefer a film whose sole focus is on unspoken ideas about sex and what making adults with the label “adult” looks like.

So: Why make a movie about high school and what friends look like at 18? (Mr. Stifler already has multiple friends and lots of sex.) Perhaps “Girls’ Rules” is simply a reaction to Netflix’s “13 Reasons Why,” a much worse show with an even more irresponsible teenage male lead. However, the girls here who are kissing are both an aggressive breed and very physically attractive. Ooo la la.

Read the full review here

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