Movie Review

American Pie 2

MPAA Rating: R for strong sexual content, crude humor, language and drinking

Reviewed by: Chris Scalise
CONTRIBUTOR

Extremely Offensive
Moviemaking Quality:

Primary Audience:
Adults
Genre:
Comedy
Length:
1 hr. 48 min.
Year of Release:
2001
USA Release:
August 10, 2001
Relevant Issues
Jason Biggs and Eugene Levy in “American Pie 2”
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Featuring: Jason Biggs, Tara Reid, Chris Klein, Seann William Scott, Eddie Kaye Thomas
Director: J.B. Rogers
Producer: Warren Zide, Craig Perry, Chris Moore
Distributor: Universal Pictures

Upon returning home from college for the summer, Jim is reunited with all of his old friends for what is to be the greatest summer of their lives. Jim and his friends Oz, Kevin, Finch and Stiffler rent a house near the beach with the sole purpose of partying, drinking and having as much sex as possible. During the course of the summer, they paint houses to earn money for the rent, come into contact with two suspected lesbians and engage in a number of absolutely detestable misadventures. That’s about all that I can say. Unfortunately, the rest is far too graphic.

I honestly have to say that Hollywood has really outdone themselves this time. This film contains three scenes of graphic nudity (not counting the scenes where Jim is caught with his pants down), literally hundreds of profanities (26 uses of the f word alone) and of course, the constant vulgarities used to describe reproductive body parts and sexual practices. To make matters worse, this movie contains scenes of masturbation, promiscuous sex (including the implication of group sex), phone sex and the attempt at rape by intoxication. All of these things are not only shown, but encouraged, with virtually no consequences whatsoever. Other scenes include the use of a Buddhist meditation practice that promises enhanced sexual satisfaction.

On a lighter note, I was pleased to see the way that Jim learns the importance of emotional attraction through relationship growth over physical attraction through lustful desires. There is also a scene in which Jim’s Dad professes his unconditional love for his son, which is touching, although any father who encourages his teenage son to have sex is certainly in need of some counseling.

With this said, I want it to be clear that although there is a small speck of moral enlightenment represented, I DO NOT recommend this movie. Trust me, the bad outweights the good a hundred-fold. I stand by my word when I say that this is literally the most morally corrupt film I’ve seen in a very long time. Everything unholy is glorified in this film apart from Satanism (and even that is up for debate). When deciding whether or not to see this film, remember the words of Paul in Phillipians 4:8. “Finally, bretheren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virture, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”


Viewer Comments
Like the first movie this film is full of gross out sexual things. Except this one is grosser if you can believe it. This show is totally disgusting. Not a show any Christian should see!
My Ratings: [Extremely Offensive / 1]
—KE, age 14
Disgusting! Where the original was naughty and cute, this movie was a disgustingly bad joke. Not appropriate for anyone who appreciates good movies or doesn’t want to walk out feeling slimy!
My Ratings: [Very Offensive / 1½]
—Jack, age 45
I enjoyed this movie far more than its prequel. I found it was extremely funny, and also has a good message about friends sticking together through thick and thin. Some people will inevitably be offended by the sexual situations, but, outside of one scene with full-frontal nudity, it is all in good humor, and not meant to be taken seriously, and there is no actual sex on the screen.
My Ratings: [1½]
—Alex Sandell, age 29, non-Christian
This movie is funny for teenagers, but all in all, offensive in every sense of the word.
My Ratings: [Extremely Offensive / 3½]
—Amber, age 19
Bill O’Reilly singled out this movie for discussion in the “Extremely Offensive” category on his 8/22/01 show on secular FoxNews.
—Brian Eargle, age 54
Movie Critics
…attempts to replicate the things that made the original successful, and fails…
—James Berardinelli, ReelViews
…A great deal of sexually related dialogue is present… including that related to orgasm, masturbation, lesbianism, etc. with some of the language being explicit…
—ScreenIt!
…DISCUSSION TOPICS—College summers, jealousy, homophobia, celibacy, Buddhism, Tantra, obsessions, friendship vs. romantic relationships, casual sex, humiliation…
—Kids-in-Mind
…at no time does the sequel… approach the guilty thrill of the original…
—Phil Villareal, Arizona Daily Star