Tuesday, February 6, 2007

movie review monday (a day late): american pie 2

The horny teen heroes of American Pie (1999) return for further raunchy antics in this comedy sequel written by the first film's creator, Adam Herz. Returning home following their freshman year of college, old friends Jim (Jason Biggs), Kevin (Thomas Ian Nicholas), Oz (Chris Klein), Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas), and Stifler (Seann William Scott) rent a summer house on Lake Michigan where they hope to score romantically. However, complications ensue due to Jim's relative lack of experience, requiring an interlude with a fellow student and a visit to his old friend Michelle (Alyson Hanigan), who's now a band camp counselor, all in preparation for the return of Nadia (Shannon Elizabeth). In the meantime, Oz is separated from Heather (Mena Suvari) by a trip abroad, Finch has another encounter with Stifler's mom (Jennifer Coolidge), and Jim's dad (Eugene Levy) is as clueless as ever about his son's love life. Director J.B. Rogers served as first assistant director on the first film and made his directorial debut with Say It Isn't So (2001). ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide

Running Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

K couldn't believe that I'd never seen American Pie so we watched it awhile ago. I don't remember why I hadn't seen it really, but then since I hadn't seen that one I never saw any of the other ones. Obviously. But the first one was actually pretty good and not nearly as raunchy as you might think it is. I'm not necessarily going to tell my mom to see it though.

Sex and the City is way more graphic and inappropriate than either of these movies are when it comes down to it and I love that series, so...

I think I liked the second one better. My favorite part though was when Michelle "breaks up" with Jim and then sits in her car and is all sad for a minute. I said "Oh, she really likes him!" to K and he looked at me and said "Thanks for ruining it for me." Then I said "Um, don't they get married in one of these movies at some point?" And he laughed.

The relationship between Jim and his dad is terrific. It's awkward, but the dad really cares about his son and is a point of support. It's funny, but it's also really cool to see a good relationship like that portrayed in a movie that's supposedly raunchy and whatnot. I also like the dynamic between the guys. Their friendships mean a lot to each other.

So all in all, enjoyable. Obviously not for everyone, but probably not what you expect if you've never seen it.

Rating: 2 of 4 stars.

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