I never looked at apple pie the same again, and now, not surprisingly at all, I'm writing a review for the second serving, which comes packed with a built-in cast, not to mention a built-in audience looking for some more of the same raunchy jokes.
American Pie 2 reunites cast members Jason Biggs, Chris Klein, Seann William Scott, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Eugene Levy, Natasha Lyonne, Mena Suvari, Tara Reid, Alyson Hannigan, Shannon Elizabeth and the rest, this time placing the boys at a summer beach house where they are trying to get some of the many beautiful women surrounding the place. Jim (Biggs) is waiting for the arrival of Nadia (Elizabeth), Oz (Klein) is waiting for the return of his girlfriend Heather (Suvari), Finch (Thomas) is waiting for his 'climax' with Stifler's mom, and Stifler (Scott) just wants to get laid by a couple of lesbians.
Of course, Jim is still insecure about his sexual experiences and unfortunately gets himself into more sticky situations, considering an incident with some crazy glue. The other guys aren't free of incident either, especially Stifler, but either way they still have fun, and the audience will have fun, too. Just like in the original, there are some classic scenes here, like the internet scene in Pie, not to mention the whole pie incident itself. Some scenes are painful to watch (for guys, especially), and others are just outright hilarious.
The great thing about American Pie 2 is that it keeps getting funnier and funnier as the movie goes on. It starts off with the dorm room scene that we have all seen in the previews, and while it is funny, I think seeing it in the previews somewhat ruined it (some other surprises aren't quite as surprising thanks to the previews). Some of the comedy in the beginning seems a little forced, as if the writers are just expecting us to laugh because we already know the characters. However, the movie soon picks up and becomes a great form of entertainment.
American Pie 2 never gets too sentimental, thankfully, but still holds onto the concept of a greater good that won the original good reviews. Even if the characters are just trying to get laid, they aren't disgusting or disturbing to watch, and they do hold a moral code.
The only thing I was sort of bothered by was the lack of strong stories built around the returning female cast. Alyson Hannigan gets a much larger role as her character prepares Jim for Nadia, but Tara Reid, Natasha Lyonne, and Mena Suvari really have small parts. Reid and Lyonne do get one good scene as they discuss 'The Rule of Three.'
American Pie is a classic and its second serving is nearly as good as the first. American Pie 2 is entertaining the whole way through and has several memorable moments, without treading too much on the first film's formula.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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