Movie Review #686
NOTE: This review regards the unrated version.
Studio: LivePlanet — Universal Pictures — Zide-Perry Productions
Distributor: Universal Pictures
Spoken Language: English
Directed by J.B. Rogers. Produced by Chris Moore, Craig Perry, and Warren Zide. Characters by Adam Herz. Story by David H. Steinberg and Adam Herz. Screenplay by Adam Herz.
Unrated, from a theatrical cut rated R by the MPAA — strong sexual content, profanity, alcohol use. Runs 1 hour, 52 minutes. Theatrical cut runs 1 hour, 48 minutes (UK cut runs 1 hour, 45 minutes). Premiered in the USA on August 6, 2001. Wide release on August 10, 2001.
Starring Jason Biggs, Shannon Elizabeth, Alyson Hannigan, Chris Klein, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Natasha Lyonne, Tara Reid, Seann William Scott, Mena Suvari, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Chris Owen, and Eugene Levy. Also starring Molly Cheek, Denise Faye, Lisa Arturo, John Cho, Justin Isfeld, Casey Affleck, Joelle Carter, Tsianina Joelson, Jesse Heiman, and Joanna Garcia. Also featuring an uncredited cameo appearance from Jennifer Coolidge as Stifler’s Mom.
What can I say about “American Pie 2” that I didn’t already say about “American Pie”? Some will think its a classic. Some will think its total garbage. Both which I can understand, and some, like me, will think it’s decent.
(The other 80% has already decided, because between the successes in theaters and on home video, they’ve seen it at least once by now.)
I must warn that “American Pie 2” calls for an unusual recipe: a back-to-back viewing with its predecessor. Constant references are made back to the events in movie one. These guys have just finished up with freshman year off at college, but the most repeated line by any character seems to be, “Remember hat time in high school when…?” Yeah, after straining my memory for a little bit, I guess I do recall that one, actually.
“American Pie 2” does the same as “American Pie” did. On the downside, the first slice is slightly better, but on the upside, I’m much more eager to proceed to the next movie (“American Wedding”). Standouts still come almost helplessly from Seann William Scott, Mena “Kevin Spacey Used to Lust After Me” Suvari, and the Actor Who Will Forever Be Known As Jim’s Dad. Shame that last character didn’t make it into much more than the first fifteen minutes of “American Pie 2”. Though when he “peaces out” to Jim and his friends with a line as lovable as, “Keep it real, homies,” you know the teen sex comedy you’re in for features as much heart and good intentions as raunchiness and nudity.
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