When we are children, many of us will say that we have an ambition for this career or that career. But how many of us can say that we achieved that goal before we graduate high school?
In 1993’s Rookie Of The Year, Henry Rowengartner (Thomas Ian Nicholas), has a dream of playing baseball, like his late father. But while he has a dream, his physical abilities don’t exactly live up to his dreams. While playing baseball at school, Henry breaks his arm. When his arm heals, Henry finds out that he has gained an unusual skill for throwing fastballs. Soon Henry goes from the school field to the field of the major leagues. What Henry discovers along the way is not only the truth of what happens when dreams become reality, but also what happens when a young person deals with adult issues.
What I recall about this film is that while it spoke to the young people in the audience, it also spoke to the adults in the audience. That is what makes this film stand out.
Being a teenager is not easy. Looking back, my teenage years were the most confusing, yet defining era of my life. No matter how old we get or what else we experience, the former teenager that we were will always be a part of our lives.
American Pie, the funny, sometimes gross, but poignant film is about four young men who are looking to loose their virginity before their senior prom.
Jim (Jason Biggs), Oz (Chris Klein), Kevin (Thomas Ian Nicholas) and Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas) make a pact to all loose their virginity by the time prom night rolls around. Kevin tries to persuade his girlfriend Vicky (Tara Reid) to go all the way with him, Oz joins the school choir and is matched with Heather (Mena Suvari), Finch spreads rumors about his sexual prowess and Jim fails miserably with Nadia (Shannon Elizabeth) before going to the prom with Michelle (Alyson Hannigan).
American Pie, for my generation is part of our DNA. It’s not just a movie about boys looking for sex, the female characters are just as real and unsure as any teenager is about life and sex. It’s one of those movies that had stayed with me and it still quotable and watchable after 15 years.
To borrow a line from the movie, its like “warm apple pie”.