American Pie 2

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American Pie 2
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byJames B. Rogers
Screenplay byAdam Herz
Story byAdam Herz
David H. Steinberg
Based onCharacters
by Adam Herz
Produced byChris Moore
Warren Zide
Craig Perry
Starring
CinematographyMark Irwin
Edited byLarry Madaras
Stuart H. Pappé
Music byDavid Lawrence
Production
companies
LivePlanet
Zide/Perry Productions
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
August 10, 2001 (2001-08-10)
Running time
100 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
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 is 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, Kevin, Stifler, Oz, and Finch–and their attempts to have the greatest summer party ever at a summer beach house in 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.

Plot[edit]

Home for the summer after college, Jim Levenstein, Kevin Meyers, Chris "Oz" Ostreicher, and Paul Finch attend Steve Stifler's party until the police shut it down. Kevin is inspired by his brother to rent a Lake Michigan beach house and throw a massive party to close out the summer.

The group obtains jobs painting houses in order to afford the rent. Jim receives a call from former love interest Nadia who informs him that she plans to visit him. To gain sexual experience, Jim seeks out his prom date, Michelle, who agrees to help him after he is mistaken for a mentally disabled trombone prodigy and makes a fool of himself in front of a band camp concert audience.

The group hosts a small party where Kevin and his ex-girlfriend Vicky awkwardly lie to one another regarding the number of sexual partners they have had at college. Oz attempts to have phone sex with his girlfriend Heather while she is studying abroad in Spain but they are interrupted by Stifler.

While painting a house, the group observes the two female occupants Stifler assumes are lesbians and he enters their home while they are away in order to find proof. Jim and Finch pursue him inside in an attempt to stop him when the women return home and find the trio inside. They tempt the boys with some quid pro quo sex acts. However, when Stifler exposes his genitals after the women request watching the boys give each other handjobs, Finch and Jim leave in disgust.

Jim visits Michelle again to obtain sexual tips and they are nearly caught by a camp director. Stifler brings the group pornography and Jim later accidentally mistakes super glue for lubricant and learns his penis will be "unusable" for a short period of time. Meanwhile, Finch has become involved in the art of Tantra and waits to use his new skills with Stifler's mom, who he mistakenly believes has arrived but is disappointed when he learns it is Stifler's younger brother.

Nadia unexpectedly arrives early, much to the dismay of Jim as his penis has not fully healed. He and Michelle pretend to be in a relationship. However, she realizes that she has fallen in love with him but stages a mock breakup the night of the party so that Jim is free to hook up with Nadia. As the party begins, Jim realizes that he loves Michelle. Jim interrupts her concert performance and they return to the party together.

Meanwhile, Sherman is seduced by Nadia who is attracted to his geeky persona. Kevin is disappointed to learn Vicky has brought a date and storms off onto the beach. Oz is happy when Heather unexpectedly arrives early. Jim, Oz, and Finch speak to Kevin, who admits he is struggling to move on after high school; but they reassure and convince him to return to the party. The group returns, Kevin apologizes to Vicky, and they all enjoy an evening of partying together. The two "lesbians" arrive to the party and later have a threesome with Stifler.

The next day, the group prepares to leave when a car pulls up; Finch approaches and finds Stifler's mom inside. They drive off together and have sex again.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

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. Two versions of the film were released: the theatrical version and the unrated version. For the theatrical version, the film was cut slightly with a total of 19 scenes being altered. As a result, American Pie 2 achieved an R rating from the Motion Picture Association of America due to "strong sexual content, crude humor, language and drinking."[3]

Reception[edit]

Box office[edit]

During the opening weekend, American Pie 2 grossed $45.1 million from 3,063 theaters in the United States and Canada, ranking at number one at the box office ahead of Rush Hour 2, a record for an R-rated comedy, surpassing Scary Movie.[4] This record would be held until 2008 when it was surpassed by Sex and the City.[5] Overall, it had the second-highest opening weekend for any R-rated film, behind Hannibal.[6] For 14 years, the film would hold the record for having the highest August opening weekend for an R-rated film until Straight Outta Compton took it in 2015.[7] It was the fourth consecutive Universal film of the year to reach $40 million in a single weekend, after The Mummy Returns, The Fast and the Furious and Jurassic Park III.[8] American Pie 2 became the first film to top the box office for multiple weeks since Pearl Harbor.[9] The film's theatrical run wrapped up on December 20, 2001, with a final domestic gross of $145,103,595 and $142,450,000 overseas, adding to a total worldwide gross of $287,553,595.[2] It grossed $8.4 million in its opening weekend in Germany, a record for a comedy and for United International Pictures in the country, beating UIP's previous record set by Jurassic Park.[10][11]

Critical response[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 52% 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."[12] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 43 out of 100 based on reviews from 28 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[13] Audiences surveyed by CinemaScore gave the film an average rating of "B+" on an A+ to F scale.[14]

Roger Ebert gave the film 3 out of 4 stars. In At the Movies, Ebert and Richard Roeper both gave the film "two thumbs up", with Roeper stating that the film had "more laughs than the original".[15]

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.

Soundtrack[edit]

  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 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" (only on some soundtrack versions)

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

Year-end charts[edit]

Year-end chart performance for American Pie 2
Chart (2001) Peak
position
Canadian Albums (Nielsen SoundScan)[16] 121
Chart (2002) Position
Canadian Alternative Albums (Nielsen SoundScan)[17] 134

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[18] Gold 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[19] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[20] Gold 500,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "AMERICAN PIE 2 - British Board of Film Classification". www.bbfc.co.uk.
  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) - Movie-Censorship.com". www.movie-censorship.com.
  4. ^ "Weekend Box Office Report:American Pie 2' Takes No. 1 With $45.1 Million Slice". Hive4media.com. August 13, 2001. Archived from the original on September 10, 2001. Retrieved September 21, 2019 – via The Hollywood Reporter.
  5. ^ ""Sex and the City" Tops "Indiana Jones" at Box Office".
  6. ^ "'American Pie 2' dominates US box office". United Press International. 12 August 2001. Archived from the original on March 2, 2022. Retrieved 2 March 2022.
  7. ^ Lang, Brent (17 August 2015). "'Straight Outta Compton' Final Box Office Soars to $60.2 Million". Variety.
  8. ^ "Box Office: Audiences Eat Up American Pie 2". ABC News.
  9. ^ Linder, Brian (August 21, 2001). "Weekend Box Office: Pie in the Face for Race". IGN. Retrieved July 13, 2022.
  10. ^ Groves, Don (October 8, 2001). "'Pie' flies as sequels socre o'seas". Variety. p. 14.
  11. ^ "'Pie' flies high in Germany". Variety. October 15, 2001. p. 9.
  12. ^ "American Pie 2 (2001)" – via www.rottentomatoes.com.
  13. ^ "American Pie 2" – via www.metacritic.com.
  14. ^ "Cinemascore :: Movie Title Search". www.cinemascore.com. Archived from the original on 2018-02-06. Retrieved 2018-12-17.
  15. ^ "Osmosis Jones/American Pie 2/The Others". At the Movies. Season 16. Episode 10. August 11, 2001. Buena Vista Television.
  16. ^ "Top 200 Albums of 2001 (based on sales)". Jam!. Archived from the original on November 6, 2003. Retrieved March 26, 2022.
  17. ^ "Canada's Top 200 Alternative albums of 2002". Jam!. Archived from the original on September 2, 2004. Retrieved March 28, 2022.
  18. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Various Artists – American Pie 2". Music Canada. Retrieved July 7, 2022.
  19. ^ "British album certifications – Original Soundtrack – American Pie 2". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved July 7, 2022.
  20. ^ "American album certifications – Soundtrack – American Pie 2". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved April 28, 2022.

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