American Pie 2
|American Pie 2|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||James B. Rogers|
|Screenplay by||Adam Herz|
David H. Steinberg
by Adam Herz
Thomas Ian Nicholas
Seann William Scott
Eddie Kaye Thomas
|Music by||David Lawrence|
Stuart H. Pappé
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|August 10, 2001|
|Box office||$287.5 million|
American Pie 2 is a 2001 American sex comedy film and the sequel to the 1999 film American Pie and the second film in the American Pie film series. It was written by Adam Herz and David H. Steinberg and directed by James B. Rogers. The film picks up the story of the five friends from the first film as they reunite during the summer after their first year of college. It 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. It was followed by another sequel, American Wedding.
The film tells the story of five friends Jim, Kevin, Steve ("Stifler"), Chris ("Oz") and Paul ("Finch") and their attempts to have the greatest summer party ever. Much of the film takes place at a summer beach house in Grand Haven, Michigan, per Kevin's older brother's suggestion.
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 thanks 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), the star of later films. 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.
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Two versions of the movie have been released: the R-rated and the unrated version. To obtain an R rating the movie had to be cut slightly. Altogether 19 scenes were altered.
- Jason Biggs as James "Jim" Levenstein
- Chris Klein as Chris "Oz" Ostreicher
- Thomas Ian Nicholas as Kevin Myers
- Eddie Kaye Thomas as Paul Finch
- Seann William Scott as Steven "Steve" Stifler
- Alyson Hannigan as Michelle Flaherty
- Tara Reid as Victoria "Vicky" Lathum
- Natasha Lyonne as Jessica
- Mena Suvari as Heather
- Shannon Elizabeth as Nadia
- Eugene Levy as Noah Levenstein
- Chris Owen as Chuck "Sherminator" Sherman
- Molly Cheek as Mrs. Levenstein
- Denise Faye as Danielle
- Lisa Arturo as Amber
- John Cho as John
- Eli Marienthal as Matt Stifler
- Casey Affleck as Tom Myers
- Jennifer Coolidge as Jeanine Stifler
- Joelle Carter as Natalie
- Adam Brody as High School Guy (unrated version only)
- JoAnna Garcia as Christie
- George Wyner as Camp Director
Principal photography took place from February 14 to April 27, 2001.
American Pie 2 has received mixed reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes the film currently has a 52% average rating based on 126 reviews stating "Being a sequel, American Pie 2 doesn't retain the freshness of the original, nor is it as funny."
American Pie 2 was released on VHS and DVD in January 15, 2002. The movie was released in two different versions an R-rated version and an unrated version.
|Soundtrack album by Various Artists|
|Released||August 10, 2001|
|Various Artists chronology|
- Blink-182 – "Every Time I Look For You"
- Green Day – "Scumbag"
- Left Front Tire – "Bring You Down"
- American Hi-Fi – "Vertigo"
- Uncle Kracker – "(I'm Gonna) Split This Room in Half"
- 3 Doors Down – "Be Like That" (American Pie 2 Edit)
- Alien Ant Farm – "Good For a Woman"
- Angela Ammons – "Always Getting over You"
- Jettingham – "Cheating"
- Flying Blind – "Smokescreen"
- Fenix*TX – "Phoebe Cates"
- The Exit – "Susan"
- Sum 41 – "Fat Lip"
- Lucia Cifarelli – "I Will"
- Oleander – "Halo"
- 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:
- The Afghan Whigs – "Something Hot"
- Lit – "A Place in the Sun"
- The Lemonheads – "Mrs. Robinson" (written and originally performed by Simon & Garfunkel)
- Oleander – "Bruise"
- Lit – "The Last Time Again"
- Libra presents Taylor – "Anomaly (Calling Your Name)"
- American Hi-Fi – "Flavor of the Weak"
- Hoi Polloi – "On My Mind"
- Transmatic – "Blind Spot"
- John Philip Sousa – "Gladiator March"
- Hoagy Carmichael & Stuart Gorrell – "Georgia on My Mind"
- Ali Dee – "In and Out"
- Rafael Hernandez Marin – "El Cumbanchero"
- Michelle Branch – "Everywhere"
- Weezer – "Hash Pipe"
- Julius Wechter – "Spanish Flea"
- Alien Ant Farm – "Smooth Criminal"
- Toilet Böys – "Another Day in the Life"
- The Offspring – "Want You Bad"
- Sum 41 – "In Too Deep"
- New Found Glory – "Hit or Miss"
- Witness – "Here's One For You" (uncredited) (is on some soundtrack versions)
- Larry Marciano – "The Way it Used to Be"
- Third Eye Blind – "Semi Charmed Life"
- Zed – "Renegade Fighter"