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American Pie 2
Review written by: Alex Sandell


"Well, this one time?  At band camp? . . ."

What's the story?:

Those randy teens from American Pie are back from their freshman year at college, and are looking to party like it's 1999.

So, how is it? (Get to the point, already.)

The American Pie series is best equated to sex (imagine that); there's something fresh and new about the first time, but the second time around things are more comfortable, the performers have gotten better, and everyone involved is far more confident, making the first time inferior, in almost every way.  American Pie 2 is hysterical fun.  I began laughing at the start, and, for the next 110 minutes, I didn't really get a chance to catch my breath.  By the time the movie was finished, I felt a sense of peace with the world that people usually only achieve after having a big, sloppy orgasm, or going to church.  

Screenwriter, Adam Herz has really outshone himself with this sequel.  His writing in the first American Pie was definitely passable, for a sex comedy, and far superior to Porky's, which inspired it, but the movie became tired before it was over, due to the fact that there wasn't really much to grab onto in-between the cumming in cups and screwing warm pies.  In American Pie 2, Herz doesn't fail to deliver the dirty jokes, and setup some uproarious sexual scenarios, but he also gives us some nice moments to enjoy between the super-glued dicks and lesbian tricks.  He even goes so far as to venture outside of the world of sex, to give us some genuinely funny moments, that have nothing to do with any body part, or bodily function.  

I really enjoyed the "Petey" scene featuring Jim (Jason Biggs) stuck in a "horny" situation at band camp, as Michelle (Alyson Hannigan), and an entire audience, look on.  The situation had nothing to do with sex, but it had you laughing, all the same.  The entire relationship between Jim and Michelle, and all of their moments together, surpassed anything in the original film.  

Michelle was my favorite character in the first American Pie, and I was pleasantly surprised that her role was greatly expanded for the second film.  In the first one, she had what amounted to a glorified cameo.  In the second, she's the only girl whose role wasn't reduced to a glorified cameo.  I thought she held up the female end of the film extremely well, and her character rang especially true to me.  The unease,  growing tension, and potential romance, between Michelle and Jim superceded the boundaries of where a movie like American Pie or American Pie 2 should be allowed to go, and actually fleshed the film out (pardon the expression), making it more than just another cheap gross-out comedy, and turning it into something which is, albeit briefly, real.   

But, before you sexual humor/gross-out purists get your sopping wet boxers in a bunch, rest-assured that there is an abundance of all that you came to see.  Nudity, pornography, vulgarity, lesbians, sticky situations, and people washing their hair in a big splash of urine.  The film is just as raunchy as the first one, it's just that, like the characters (outside of Stifler, who is stuck in perpetual perversity), it has grown up a little bit.  

American Pie 2, more than anything else, is just there to make you laugh, and let you have a good time; everything else is simply a nice bonus.  The entire theater laughed to the point where the chuckles turned into a gigantic group roar.  Everyone walked out satisfied, dorky smiles firmly in place, knowing they got just what they came for.  American Pie 2, as the last big "event" film of summer 2001, put an enthusiastic exclamation point at the end of a summer of disappointments, and I can, without reservation, say that it was the best movie of the season.

What does it make you feel like eating?

Lesbians.  Luscious, luscious lesbians.  Kissing each other in hottubs.  Mmmm . . . hooooottuuuuuuubs.

What are you selling us here???

There is no way I could remember all of the product placements.  Like the original, the film is full of them, and it's the one weak point of the movie.  There are Lifestyle Condoms, Mountain Dew, Pepsi, and a ton of others that I can't think of. 

If it won an Oscar, what would it be?

"Best 'kick back and take a load off' movie of 2001 ('take a load off' having more than one meaning)" - American Pie 2

On a scale of 1-10?

9

Agree? Disagree? Email me at alex@juicycerebellum.com 

Text (Copyright) 2001 Alex Sandell [All Rights Reserved].  If you copy this, without my permission, I'll have you enthusiastically washing your hair in my urine.

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