American Pie 2

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American Pie 2
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJames B. Rogers
Produced byChris Moore
Warren Zide
Screenplay byAdam Herz
Story byAdam Herz
David H. Steinberg
Based onCharacters
by Adam Herz
Music byDavid Lawrence
CinematographyMark Irwin
Edited byLarry Madaras
Stuart H. Pappé
Zide/Perry Productions
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
August 10, 2001 (2001-08-10)
Running time
100 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
Budget$30 million[2]
Box office$287.6 million[2]

American Pie 2 is a 2001 American sex comedy film directed by James B. Rogers and written by Adam Herz and David H. Steinberg from a story by Herz. A sequel to the 1999 comedy film American Pie, it the second film in the American Pie series and stars Jason Biggs, Shannon Elizabeth, Alyson Hannigan, Chris Klein, Natasha Lyonne, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Tara Reid, Seann William Scott, Mena Suvari, Eddie Kaye Thomas, and Eugene Levy. The film follows the sexual exploits of five friends—Jim Levenstein, Kevin Myers, Steve Stifler, Oz Ostreicher, and Paul Finch—and their attempts to have the greatest summer party ever, at a summer beach house in Grand Haven, Michigan.

American Pie 2 was released in the United States on August 10, 2001, and grossed over $145 million in the US and $142 million overseas on a budget of $30 million, making it highest grossing film in the franchise at just under $288 million worldwide. The film was followed by American Wedding.


After their freshman year at college, the four friends regroup for a party held by Stifler (Seann William Scott), their overtly sex-crazed class clown and good friend. His party is shut down in part to the neighbors calling the police. Kevin (Thomas Ian Nicholas) is inspired by his brother to make his summer with his friends count by renting a beach home. He, Jim, Oz, and Finch plan to take off to a beach house together, where they intend to spend the summer. Kevin realizes a problem and worked out that they can only afford the house if they have a fifth member to work along with them. Stifler takes charge of much of the organizing, often ending up leading the group in their misadventures.

Oz (Chris Klein) is miserable, being away from his girlfriend Heather (Mena Suvari), who is in Spain. During the stay at the beach house, they proceed to start having phone sex to vent some of their loneliness, which ends up being interrupted by Stifler. Heather later shows up early to the party, ending the short storyline that Oz is involved in.

After arriving in Grand Harbor they settle in, they manage to find work painting a house (based on the Tuition Painters franchise) in the area together, mistaking the owners for lesbians. Jim (Jason Biggs), Stifler and Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas) end up performing "like for like" sexual acts on each other in return for being able to watch the girls doing the same thing. Oz and Kevin take turns watching up a ladder and listening on the walkie-talkie also in the room. The conversation is accidentally picked up and heard by many other people in the neighborhood. Finally at the end of the last party, Stifler manages to have a wild threesome with the owners of the house.

After this, many concurrent stories run at the same time, some interacting with each other, others staying mainly separate.

Nadia (Shannon Elizabeth) is coming to visit Jim in August. When she arrives early, Jim asks for help from band geek Michelle (Alyson Hannigan), humiliating himself in front of the audience when he pretends to be Petey, a mentally challenged boy who plays the trombone. They pretend to be in a relationship so that Nadia will not expect Jim to have sex (Jim is involved in an incident involving a tube of super glue he mistook for lube; he accidentally glued his hand to his penis while watching a porno film and injured himself, leaving him wounded and unable to perform). Jim and Michelle break the mock relationship off once he is ready to have sex with Nadia, but by then Michelle has really fallen in love with Jim, and soon Jim realizes that he has found his soul-mate in Michelle. Nadia also realizes this and tells him, "Go, get your band geek, and I will find mine". Jim goes and plays the trombone once more whilst Michelle is playing the flute at a major recital in order to show her that she is the one he wants to be with.

Finch has become involved in the sexual art of Tantra, and claims that through Tantra he can "make an orgasm last for days". He is waiting for Stifler's Mom (Jennifer Coolidge), who he had sex with in the first film, hoping she will show up and be willing to do it again. He thinks she arrives when a vehicle turns up after Stifler is talking on the phone, but it turns out to be his little brother Matt (Eli Marienthal). He spends the night talking with a few girls, but he doesn't sleep with any of them.

The geeky Sherman (Chris Owen) gives up on getting anyone after he is turned down by the experienced and sharp-tongued Jessica (Natasha Lyonne), but the rejected Nadia, who wanted Jim because he was a geek, is turned on by his "Sherminator" gimmick, and they end up in bed together. Kevin doesn't end up "getting off" with anyone, but he does seem to succeed in getting over Vicky (Tara Reid) after making advances on her throughout the film.

The next morning, after the party, a Mercedes-Benz coupe with darkened windows turns up, Finch approaches and it turns out Stifler's Mom has come after all. He jumps at the chance and they drive off together, Stifler not realizing until after the car has driven off that it was Finch and his mother. After being asked, she reveals her name is Jeanine, but also instructs Finch to resume calling her "Stifler's mom" as per usual.

Different versions[edit]

Two versions of the film have been released: the R-rated theatrical version and the unrated version. To ensure an R rating, the film was cut slightly. Altogether 19 scenes were altered.[3]



View of Long Beach, California home where the five character friends worked to paint this house yellow while vacationing at a lake.

Principal photography began on February 14 and wrapped on April 27, 2001.


Box office[edit]

During the opening weekend, the film grossed $45.1 million from 3,063 theaters in the United States, ranking #1 at the box office ahead of Rush Hour 2.[4] The film has grossed $145,103,595 in the United States and $142,450,000 in foreign countries adding to total worldwide gross of $287,553,595.[2]

Critical response[edit]

American Pie 2 has received mixed reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes the film has a 52% rating based on 127 reviews. The website's consensus states: "Being a sequel, American Pie 2 doesn't retain the freshness of the original, nor is it as funny."[5] On Metacritic the film has a score of 43/100 based on reviews from 28 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[6] Audiences surveyed by CinemaScore gave the film a rating of B+, on a scale from A to F.[7]

Roger Ebert gave the film 3 out of 4 stars. Roger Ebert and Richard Roeper both gave the film "Two thumbs up", Richard Roeper stated that there were "More Laughs than the original!"[citation needed]

Home media[edit]

American Pie 2 was released on VHS and DVD on January 15, 2002.[citation needed] The movie was released in two different versions: an R-rated version and an unrated version.


American Pie 2 (Music from the Motion Picture)
Soundtrack album by
Various Artists
ReleasedJuly 31, 2001
Various Artists chronology
American Pie
American Pie 2 (Music from the Motion Picture)
American Wedding
  1. Blink-182 – "Everytime I Look For You"
  2. Green Day – "Scumbag"
  3. Left Front Tire – "Bring You Down"
  4. American Hi-Fi – "Vertigo"
  5. Uncle Kracker – "(I'm Gonna) Split This Room in Half"
  6. 3 Doors Down – "Be Like That" (American Pie 2 Edit)
  7. Alien Ant Farm – "Good For a Woman"
  8. Angela Ammons – "Always Getting over You"
  9. Jettingham – "Cheating"
  10. Flying Blind – "Smokescreen"
  11. Fenix*TX – "Phoebe Cates"
  12. The Exit – "Susan"
  13. Sum 41 – "Fat Lip"
  14. Lucia Cifarelli – "I Will"
  15. Oleander – "Halo"
  16. Witness – "Here's One For You" (is on some soundtrack versions)

The following songs were included in the movie but were not featured on the soundtrack:


  1. ^ "AMERICAN PIE 2 - British Board of Film Classification".
  2. ^ a b c "American Pie 2 (2001)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2018-11-17.
  3. ^ Wurm, Gerald. "American Pie 2 (Comparison: R-Rated - Unrated) -".
  4. ^ "Weekend Box Office Report:American Pie 2' Takes No. 1 With $45.1 Million Slice". August 13, 2001. Archived from the original on September 10, 2001. Retrieved September 21, 2019 – via The Hollywood Reporter.
  5. ^ "American Pie 2 (2001)" – via
  6. ^ "American Pie 2" – via
  7. ^ "Cinemascore :: Movie Title Search". Archived from the original on 2018-02-06. Retrieved 2018-12-17.

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