The main thing that goes through a teenage boy's mind is not necessarily sex. No, seriously.What goes on in their minds is to be wanted and accepted. Whether that acceptance is from friends, peers, a sexual conquest or a potential love interest, it's all about acceptance.
Acceptance is almost about being cool, but that's not quite it - Not that you would know from most Hollywood teen films. For those things, it's all about - no. Only about - being cool and getting laid. With a few gags that even the clinically dead will be able to comprehend.
The first American Pie was a surprisingly successful attempt at mixing all the usual high school gross out and lowest common denominator twaddle with a little bit of heart to show us just what might be going on in an all too real teenagers mind. It had charm and a touch of wit and its commercial success was not surprising.
A number of the cast in American Pie have continued to show promise with Biggs, Hannigan, Klien and especially Suvari making an impact. So it is rather extraordinary that all of the cast have reunited for American Pie 2.
It's summer break from the kids' first year at college. Some things have changed while others are depressingly the same. Jim (Biggs) is still trying to get laid in the most awkward and embarrassing manner possible. His friends have rented a house for the summer break and they plan to have the wildest time possible. Yet Jim is still with his problems and excruciating situations.
American Pie 2 plods along without the sharpness of the original. There are far too many moments in the film when you are waiting for something good to happen. Those good things do happen, but you would be unhappy with the wait.
The humour is dutifully low brow, although a laugh is a laugh is a laugh, so viewers will get the occasional chuckle if you like to get your kicks from watching other people in pain or in extreme humiliation. Well, who doesn't? Having said that, the character most responsible for the dead head humour - Stifler (Scott) - is just too annoying for words
Pushing aside the grade 6 humour and you're left with what the film wants to be about and says what it has to say on the acceptance of fate. In short, just accept yourself and your lot. While goals are good, there's no point it torturing yourself in achieving something - like a relationship with a particular person - that can not be achieved. Accept what is going to be, and what is not going to be and get on with it.
Saying the entire cast is reunited is only kinda true. The two actors with the most time demands: Suvari and Hannigan are rarely seen with the majority of the ensemble. For most of the movie, Hannigan is only shown with Biggs and Suvari's character is off by herself in Spain.So this follow-up is another relatively inoffensive forgettable movie from Hollywood. Considering what great things are being done in other films these days, your time would probably be best spent elsewhere.