American Pie 2


Directed by: James B. Rogers
Written by:Adam Herz
Starring: Jason Biggs, Eugene Levy, Alyson Hannigan, Chris Klein, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Natasha Lyonne, Mena Suvari, Tara Reid, Sean, William Scott, Eddie Kaye Thomas
Released: December 6, 2001
Grade: B+

Ok, I know you’ve seen the ads.  In key scene in this second instalment of this series is one where Jimbo manages to get his hand super glued to his you-know-what.  In a similar vein to the famous pie scene in the original, the using of the film’s funniest gag in the trailer attracts the audience.  Based on box-office numbers, that goal has been achieved and I’m proud to add that the film is surprisingly good - anything but a one scene flick.

A year has passed and our cast have just finished their first year at college.  It’s the summer holidays and time to reunite and relive memories from yesteryear.  Kev (Nicholas) is given the idea to rent a beach house over the break as a way of getting everyone together.  Jim (Biggs), Oz (Klein), Finch (Thomas) and Stifler (Scott) help put in the cash and the fun is about to begin.

Jim’s still thinking of the one that got away but when Nadia (Elizabeth) calls and says she’ll be in town soon, things start looking up.  Oz and Heather (Suvari) are still a sizzling couple but with Heather in France for the holidays, the two spend the time apart longing for each other.  Kev and Vicky (Reid) now have an uncomfortable friendship having parted company after school broke up – are they just friends or is there something more between them?  Finally, Finch still dreams of “Stiffler’s mum” and the indication that she’ll be paying a visit is all he needs to make this summer a great one.

There are loads of great gags.  They can be seen coming from a mile away but it suits the film’s style.  Like There’s Something About Mary, each joke is drawn out to its full potential.  Just when you think a scene couldn’t be any crazier, it’s taken to an even higher level.

A visible aspect of the second film is the increase in the rudeness and crudeness of the subject material.  Some borderlines an R-rating but as the movie is seen as a light-hearted teen comedy, the censors have gone a little easier.

In contrast to the original, there’s a clear discrepancy in the screen time each character is awarded.  Oz, Heather, Kev and Vicky are largely in the background.  Sean William Scott as Stifler is the clear winner with his hormonally charged persona attracted the most laughs and attention.  It’s nice to see Eugene Levy as Jim’s dad get more lines also - he’s a very funny guy.  Jason Biggs as Jim obviously has the “big balls” he suggests in taking on this sequel.  In this film alone - he kisses another guy, has a trumpet stuck up his ass, feels another girl’s breasts, wears a revealing diaper, and let’s not forget the aforementioned scene.

Aside from the jokes, it’s the heart and spirit of the story that makes it a winner in my book.  It talks about friendship and how people change over time.  We always wish we could go back to the way it was but often we are blind sighted by just how good we have it now.  Most teen films don’t purport to teach us such lessons and it’s why American Pie is already a classic and American Pie 2 is destined to be.