The first American Pie was a teen classic about 4 guys who are determined to lose their virginity before the end of high school. It was original, yet easy to relate to. Everyone cringed when Jim was caught in a compromising position with a pie, and when his botched attempt at sex with the super model-esque Nadia was broadcast on the internet.
In the sequel, the boys have gone through a year of college, but are still in high school mode. In the one semi-poignent moment of the film, the boys are discussing whether or not the party they are attending with high school students means that the high school students are at a college party or if they are the creepy kind of college boys who hang out with high school students. It seems to be the latter. The boys are almost exactly the same as they were in high school. Chris Klein has kept up with his high school girlfriend (Mena Suvari) so perfectly that it is nauseating; Kevin has not moved on from Tara Reid; Jim is still embarrassingly awkward; and the kid who slept with the Mrs. Robinson-esque "Stiffler's Mom" is still obsessed with her and is studying Tantra.
The movie is cute, but predictable and very male-centric. It includes the ever-present male fantasy of lesbian sex/sleeping with two women at once. But it was forgivable since the guy involved was the over-the-top character Stiffler, who was the highlight of the movie. Another typical male fantasy that was in this film was that of the super-gorgeous foreign girl who wants to have sex with the dorky boy. As if this ever happens in real life! Puh-lease!! And the third generic fantasy portrayed in this movie is sex with the older woman ("Stiffler's mom"). The foreign girl and older woman fantasies were also in the first American Pie which made them even staler in the sequel.
In this movie, the boys rent a house on the beach of one of the Great Lakes and get jobs as house painters. Of course, their house is ridiculously gorgeous and clearly way too expensive for them to be able to afford. But, hey, this movie is not exactly realistic, so it's forgivable.
Another thing I didn't like about this movie is that some of the humor centers around people getting hurt or humiliated, which I don't tend to think is funny. Jim super-gluing his hand to his genitalia was too similar to Ben Stiller's painful zipper injury in There's Something About Mary.
But despite my criticisms, I thought this movie was enjoyable and I'm glad that I went to see it. If you can, watch it in a crowded theater and/or with a large group of friends. This is definitely the type of movie that will be enhanced by hearing other people laugh and groan.
Suitability For Children: Not suitable for Children of any age
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