I always wondered why a sexual comedy film would be called American Pie. I mean what is the significance of "Pie" in the title?

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    Did you watch the original movie there is a significant moment with an actual american pie. And hence the name.
    – minusSeven
    Sep 6, 2013 at 18:52
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    I always wonder... Have you ever watched the film? There are numerous references to an actual pie there. Sep 6, 2013 at 18:52
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    @AnkitSharma - I beg to differ. If you had to choose one scene that describes the whole movie that would be it. It's the most famous scene in the movie for a reason. Sep 6, 2013 at 19:43
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    @Ankit Sharma, I wouldn't say the first movie is all about the pie scene. What I would say is that the first movie is all about losing your virginity, which is a very American norm to want to do as soon as you can. The writer uses "American Pie" as sort of a metaphor, relating "pie" to your first sexual experience. When you read the title don't think about a delicious desert. Think sexual innuendo. Sep 6, 2013 at 22:44
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    The word "pie" has been used as a euphemism for that part of the female anatomy, if you get my drift. Sep 7, 2013 at 1:11

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This is answered pretty well on the Wikipedia article. Specifically, the last sentence in the quote below.

The title is borrowed from the folk song of the same name and refers to a scene in the film, in which the lead character is caught masturbating with a pie after being told that third base feels like "warm apple pie". It's also been stated by writer Adam Herz that the title also refers to the quest of losing your virginity in high school, which is as "American as apple pie."

The writer is using "pie" as a metaphor for your first sexual experience. When you read the title "American Pie," don't think of it as a delicious desert, but rather as a sexual innuendo.

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