American Pie 2 (2001)

JAMES B. ROGERS

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B

USA, 2001.  LivePlanet, Universal Pictures, Zide-Perry Productions.  Story by , , Screenplay by Adam Herz, based on his characters.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , .  

While the charm and appeal of the original is debatable (some find it brilliant, others too crass), there’s no denying the failure of its sequel to appease. Regardless of the nature of the humour in American Pie, it did have a level of spontaneity that is sorely missing here, instead replaced with prankish humour, awkward direction and incredibly bad writing as we further the adventures of four high school kids who have now graduated and are looking for an endless summer. They’ve gone through a year of college and are now renting a cottage for the season in the hopes of continuing their adolescent plan to score as many chicks as they can; the trouble is, their desire is taken seriously here while as in the original they were slightly aware of the shallow, immature nature of their priorities. The cast is back and ready to give their all again, but the proceedings are hardly enjoyable and the jokes are painfully unfunny. The absence of directors Chris and Paul Weitz is sorely felt.

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