AMERICAN PIE 2
US, 2001, 108 minutes, Colour.
Jason Biggs, Chris Klein, Alyson Hannigan, Shannon Elizabeth, Tara Reid, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Seann William Scott, Eugene Levy, Natasha Lyonne, Mena Suvari, Jennifer Coolidge, Chris Owen.
Directed by J. B. Rogers.
The basic review is: more of the same.
Response to the film will depend on the response to the initial film, the sexual preoccupation of adolescents, wanting to lose virginity, the focus on sex rather than relationships and some of them learning that there is more to sex and possible discovery of love. Many enjoyed the first film and it was a box office success – and so was the second. There was also a third and, 10 years later, a reunion film.
The film opens with all the characters at the end of their first year at college, some reminiscing about relationships, others over-enhancing their sexual prowess during the year. Oz and Heather are seen to be having a phone relationship from their different colleges, wanting some intimacy but people like Stiffler listening in and intruding. Vicki returns, still being advised by Jessica,, encountering Kevin, awkwardness between them, both exaggerating what has happened during the year. Finch still has memories of his encounter with Stiffler’s mother – Stiffler still being hostile – and the combination of the film is Stiffler’s mother turning up again and going of into a tent with Finch.
As regards the central character, Jim, he is still being caught in flagrant a by his mother and father, his father having plenty of advice. He seeks out Michelle again for some advice and gets him into the main comic situation of the film, a tangle with a band and its performance, the conductor thinking he is a guest trumpeter. Nadia also gets in touch with him, trying to set up a rendezvous – but is easily distracted to someone else.
If anyone really dislikes Stiffler, they will be glad that he gets abundantly pissed on.
So, the title is not inaccurate, it is very much American Pie revisited, American Pie 2.