Posted by: hatzihatzi | April 13, 2012

Confession of sorts

I have never seen an American Pie movie. They just looked beyond stupid to me. And they just keep making them. Though I might be tempted by American Retirement Community in 50 years or so. I find it amusing that every so often people are shocked by outbreaks of STDs at retirement communities. Yes, the elderly have sex lives too. And they don’t have to worry about pregnancies so may be less likely to wear condoms.

My husband loves the American Pie movies. I’m hoping that this is because English is his second language and the plots of the movies don’t require a lot of language skills to follow. Or it could just be his bad taste. He also likes Brittney Spears. He tried to explain this to me by saying that growing up in Israel, the American culture that was imported was only the most popular stuff at the time.

But I realized recently that the American Pie movies, I think they are a remake or Americanization of an Israeli never-ending string of movies first made in 1978 called Eskimo Limon (Lemon Popsicle). They are basically about a couple of greasers living in Tel Aviv in the ’60s trying to have sex with as many people as possible. Unfortunately, when I was living in Israel, my fairly conservative theology major roommate and I wanted to go see an Israeli movie to soak up some local culture. This was just when the eighth sequel was released. We saw a poster for the movie and said thought it looked like the Israeli Grease. No. Holy crap, that was one of the worst movies I have ever seen. You know how porns have no plot and bad acting? Imagine a movie like that but with only slightly more clothes. And because everyone is more open about sex than Americans, this is family entertainment there.

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