Movie Name: American Pie 2
Studio: Zide/Perry Productions
Release Date(s): August 10, 2001
MPAA Rating: R
The future continues to look bright for Jim (Jason Biggs), Oz (Chris Klein), Kevin (Thomas Ian Nicholas), and Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas). It is the summer after their first year of college and they are looking for more fun…and experience. Forced to take Stifler (Seann William Scott), the group heads to the lake. Oz tries to deal with Heather (Mena Suvari) being overseas, Finch tries to abstain while waiting for Stifler’s mom (Jennifer Coolidge), Kevin is questioning what Vicky (Tara Reid) did at college, and Jim learns that he’s getting another chance at Nadia (Shannon Elizabeth). When Jim realizes he needs help, it could be Michelle (Alyson Hannigan) that teaches him the ways of love.
Directed by James B. Rogers, American Pie 2 is the follow-up to the immensely popular American Pie of 1999. Like the previous film, the movie was a massive financial success.
American Pie was average at best. American Pie 2 felt like more of the same. The sex-romp movie is too raunchy to be sentimental but too sentimental to be an all-out sex-fest. Even in the second outing, it feels like I’ve had enough Pie.
The movie feels it has to top American Pie. The sex acts and the gross-outs are supposed to make you laugh even harder, but you can see them coming a mile away. If you hadn’t been familiar with movies like Porky’s, you could argue that American Pie was kind of a surprise in its raunchy humor…but this summer escape film feels just the jokes that didn’t fit in American Pie.
The cast at least gels in this movie. The characters feel a little more like friends since they’ve worked together before. The movie is forced to put a lot of characters into it. Characters like the Sherminator (Chris Owen) and Jessica (Natasha Lyonne) might be fun, but they water down an already bloated movie (on the flipside, the sequel American Wedding parred the cast down too far…and it suffered).
The movie tries to give a summer film feel by having the characters go to a lake house. This is a great idea, but the movie didn’t utilize it enough. It could have had a Summer of ’42 type feel, but instead, it just feels like a regular American Pie movie that just happens to have a lake next to it.
American Pie 2 would be a complete letdown if I had loved American Pie. Since American Pie was just ho-hum, American Pie 2 was just slightly worse. The franchise already feels uninspired and tired and with the financial success of the name, tons of sequels are still set to be made after this film’s release. American Pie 2 is followed by American Wedding in 2003.