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Force Fed
by Geoffrey D. Roberts

Have you ever been a dinner guest at someone’s home where the hosts would not stop piling food on your plate, thereby forcing you to eat? That’s exactly how I felt after watching American Pie Presents: The Naked Mile.

The film is a direct-to-DVD sequel to the American Pie movies and the fifth slice of pie served up in this series. Erik Stifler (John White) began dating Tracy (Jessy Schram) after she caught his head in her lap when he fainted dissecting a frog in tenth grade biology class. They have been inseparable ever since.

However, Tracy cannot understand why Erik has become distant lately. Erik tells her he’s embarrassed to still be a virgin in his senior year of high school. He does not want to be mocked by his peers, and he is on the way to becoming the only male in his family remaining a virgin at graduation. The big ceremony is only days away, so Erik has grown restless for Tracy to say she’s ready for sex.

Erik doesn’t want to be ridiculed any further by cousins Steve, Matt and Dwight (Steve Talley) because of his situation. These guys are legends at Great Falls High School for hard partying, pranks, and sexual exploits. They have taunted Erik for years because he’s waited for Tracy to be ready for sex rather than being a man and finding someone to fill his immediate sexual needs.

Erik and friends Ryan (Ross Thomas) and Cooze (Jake Siegel) are going to Dwight’s university to attend the annual “Naked Mile” event this weekend. Participants run partially or fully nude for an entire mile on campus. Dwight expects more from Erik than just attending. He expects Erik to run.

Tracy knows Erik is going to attend and possibly enter the “Naked Mile.” She tells Erik that she’s giving him a “guilt free” pass to go absolutely nuts and maybe even lose his virginity to another girl without repercussion. The catch? Erik must never cheat on her again when he arrives home.

Schram stands out in this movie by drawing us in with her eyes, body language and acting skills. She makes us sympathize with Tracy's fears about Erik having sex with someone else.

The biggest problem here involves the script by Erik Lindsay, a writer making his debut. Sadly, he doesn’t seem to know what to do with his characters after they are introduced and the film’s premise is established. The build-up to the climax is long, tedious, and a total chore to endure. Also less than inspiring is director Joe Nussbaum's heavy use of nudity and depictions of sexuality in order to fill in the gaps during scenes that lack laughs. 

Ultimately, the filmmakers should have focused solely on the moral dilemma their protagonists face rather than on finding new ways to shock audiences with their material.

(Released by Universal Studios and rated “R” for pervasive strong sexual content and crude humor, nudity, language, drinking and some drug use -- all involving teens.)

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