The 25 Greatest Jewish Characters in Movies

9. Eugene Levy as Jim's Dad (a.k.a. Noah Levenstein) in American Pie (1999)

Notable Jewish Moment: In most of the American Pie movies, the Levenstein's Judaism is mostly implicit, except for American Wedding, in which Jim's grandmother/Noah's mother objects to Jim marrying a girl who isn't Jewish. Typical.
Classic Quote: "I have to admit, you know, I did the fair bit of...masturbating when I was a little younger. I used to call it stroking the salami, yeah, you know, pounding the old pud... I never did it with baked goods, but you know your uncle Mort, he pets the one-eyed snake 5-6 times a day."

Back in 1999, it would've been hard to imagine that the guy from the Christopher Guest movies would turn out to be a teen sex comedy's lasting legacy.

But eight films later (only four of which went to theaters, maybe 1.75 of which are genuinely worthwhile) the American Pie franchise's greatest contribution to cinema isn't Jason Biggs sexing some pastry, nor Sean William Scott's bigger-than-life dickhead Stifler—it's the character genuinely known as "Jim's Dad," who, like so many middle-class Jewish fathers before him, just wants to give his son some solid advice and empathize with whatever weird teenage sex thing he might be into at the time. Levy's execution was flawless. It was also incredibly uncomfortable, awkward, and hilarious.

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