American Pie 2 (2001)

American Pie 2 (2001)
American Pie 2 (2001) DVD/Blu-Ray

By: Shaun Wren (Two Beers)
How many beers do you recommend for this movie?
1 Beer! A Toast! Great Movie!2 Beers! Good Movie!3 Beers! Okay Movie!4 Beers! Mediocre Movie!5 Beers! Awful Movie!6-Pack! Bad movie! Do not be Sober!

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Finishing their first year as freshman, Jim (Jason Briggs), Oz (Chris Klein), Kevin (Thomas Ian Nicholas) and Finch (Eddie Thomas) return home and find life back a bit boring. So the gang decides to spend the summer together at a beach house and hold the biggest party ever seen. However, preparation doesn’t go to plan with Stifler (Seann William Scott), Finch, and Jim become more close to one another then they wish.

A Toast

After the huge success of the first instalment this sequel had to show the boys growing up and seeing if things have changed, which I think is a good subject matter to cover.

You see Jim still unlucky to score with girls and wishing for a relationship with Nadia, (Shannon Elizabeth) but throughout the film you see him on some sort of quest to find Michelle (Alyson Hannigan) and learn to be the perfect lover for his overseas goddess. By the end of the film Jim finally finds out who he is and sees the girl of his dreams is the nerdy band geek, not the foreign girl.

With Oz you see the struggles of a young couple being apart when Heather (Mena Suvari) goes to study abroad and we watch a couple coping with a long distance relationship. Kevin is more of a different story as you see him return as the leader of the pack, but throughout the film he reveals how much he’s struggling at college and being a nobody.

With Finch it’s more of a sexual journey where he’s looking for that perfect someone for fill him after shagging Stifler’s mom (Jennifer Coolidge). Speaking of Stifler, he becomes more of a main character and he hasn’t changed.

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Again, this film has some funny moments and one liners, but it also has the same nostalgia as the first film and a great soundtrack.

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Saying that, though, it struggles to compare to its bigger brother and it may be because the characters have got older.

Jim’s dad features less in this movie, which is a good thing because the film’s not really about him, but when gives advice to Jim halfway through its seems pointless and would have made more sense to have the father – son chat just before Jim leaves for the summer.

Another unnecessary part of the film is right at the end when Nadia hooks up with Sherman just because he’s a geek.  Also, Shannon Elizabeth’s Eastern European English is just dreadful.

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Verdict

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It’s a good follow up, but it has something missing that made the first American Pie a classic.

 

Drinking Game

Take a Drink: when Stifler insults someone.

Take a Drink: when Nadia is mentioned.

Do a Shot: when Jim’s dad pops up.

Take a Drink: when someone mentions Tantra

Do a Shot: when someone says “The Sherminator”.

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