Thursday, February 23, 2012

American Pie 2 (2001)

Theatrical Poster
Source: Wikipedia
The friends from East Great Falls reunite for summer.

Jim (Jason Biggs), Kevin (Thomas Ian Nicholas), Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas) and Oz (Chris Klein) have all just finished their first year at college - with similar experiences to high school in the bedroom.

With the impending visit of Nadia (Shannon Elizabeth), Jim realises he must quickly get better in bed if he is to impress her. When Kevin's brother suggests the friends head out to the lakes for a wild summer of partying they head off with Stifler (Seann William-Scott) to the idyllic location.

Along the way Jim seeks advice from his first - and only - "experience", Michelle (Alyson Hannigan), and has educational pointers thrust upon him by his Dad (Eugene Levy).

After its predecessor made people realise that not all teen movies (since the Porky's franchise ended in the 1980s) were appalling, the American Pie franchise had one more hurdle to overcome; sequels are usually pants. So, rather than attempting something different, director J. B. Roberts wisely stuck with the formula from the first film.

Sure, many people will draw comparisons to the first film for how similar it is - Jim's still unlucky in love, Kevin's still having problems with Vicky, Jim's Dad is still as cringe worthy as ever and Stifler is just as hilariously vile as before. But, what's the point in changing a bluepint that's worked before?

The characters are equally relatable - everyone will know a geeky but loveable Michelle, a cool but irritating Stifler or remember someone from school with Jim's Dad. That's really where the beauty of American Pie lands. That and laughing at the guy with the trumpet in his bum.

Even my Dad loves this film, but probably because he is going into competition with Eugene Levy over who can offer the most inappropriate advice... cheers.

Not quite as original as the first, but endearingly funny nonetheless.


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