The Internet abhors the absence of information, and nowhere is that more apparent than on Wikipedia, the crowd-sourced repository of facts about, well, everything. But some topics get covered a little more exhaustively than others. Take American Pie, the series of teen comedies kicked off in 1999. It enjoyed two theatrical sequels (American Pie 2 and American Wedding) followed by four direct-to-DVD follow-ups that were then followed by another theatrical film (this year’s American Reunion). The possibility of yet another American Pie movie looms on the horizon, but until then, the authors of the many Wikipedia entries on the series can pat themselves on the back for the comprehensive work they’ve done in covering every detail of every film. There are, of course, entries on each film with detailed plot descriptions. That’s expected. Less expected is a chart on the entry for “American Pie (series),” which shows who appeared in each movie. Can’t remember if Chris Klein was in American Wedding? Look no further. (Eugene Levy, naturally, is at the top of the chart as the only actor to appear in every entry of both the main series and its spin-offs.)
Most impressive of all: the entry for “List of American Pie characters,” a 14,000+ word inventory of anyone who’s anyone in the American Pie-verse, from Jason Biggs’ Jim Levenstein to American Pie: The Book Of Love’s Marshall “Lube” Lubetsky as played by Brandon Hardesty. (For the record, the entry for Søren Kierkegaard is only slightly longer.) Who is Marshall “Lube” Lubetsky? The better question, at least as far as Wikipedia is concerned, is what he does: “In class, Lube has a vivid fantasy about a group of cheerleaders, particularly one named Ashley. Lube tells Ashley how he feels about her, giving a speech on how he guarantees sexual satisfaction, but she still turns him down. Ashley's friend is impressed with his promise and tells Lube to meet her upstairs, but when she finds an offensive text on his phone she storms out.” It goes on, providing all the detail anyone could ever possibly want, for some reason.
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