American Pie 2

Movie Review by EDF

Starring: Jason Biggs, Jennifer Coolidge, Shannon Elizabeth, Chris Klein
Director: James B Rogers

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Sometime in the future, filmmakers will refuse to touch sequels and some people will applaud the decision and others will mourn the loss. Judging by this follow-up, hopefully that day will be a long way off. AMERICAN PIE 2 is one of those rare cases where the sequel is funnier and better than the original and there are not a lot of comedies that you can attach that label to.

The movie starts with Jim (Jason Biggs) saying goodbye, in his own way, to his latest girlfriend on the last day at college before the summer vacation, but ends up embarrassing himself in front of his Dad (Eugene Levy). Jim goes back home to his parent’s house and realises that over the space of a year, just like his bedroom, he has changed little. He compares notes with the others and all of them realise that they have not bettered themselves since prom night. Ending up at a party organized by Stifler (Seann William Scott) and probably wishing he hadn’t, the gang rents a house by the lake and do what they do best, summer work and of course, partying.

Jim is panicking about Nadia’s (Shannon Elizabeth) planned visit. Thinking that he is not confident enough to perform for Nadia, Jim approaches sex-crazed geek Michelle (Alyson Hanniagan) for some advice. Stifler, in the meantime, gets angry every time Finch (Eddie Kaye) talks about Stifler’s Mom (Jennifer Coolidge) and things do not get any better as Finch is practicing the art of Tantric Sex in anticipation of their big reunion. Kevin (Thomas Ian Nicholas) is looking for more than just friendship with Vicky (Tara Reid) and seems not to know half the time how to feel.

While the characters seem to want their lives to move forward, they end up trying too hard and are at the receiving end of embarrassing situations with hilarious consequences. There are some scenes that are just sidesplitting funny and you end up missing some of the follow up jokes from it. When the quieter moments arrive, you end up being thankful for the break. The funniest scenes here are the lesbian scene closely followed by Jim’s porno tape scene and Stifler’s party at the start of the movie. Yes, some of the humour is crude and tasteless and to be honest, anything less would have been a disappointment from this lot.

Is it better than the first? Yes it is. Is it the funniest movie this year? Quite possibly. Will they make a third one? We’ll have to wait and see.

5 out of 6 stars

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