Plot: As his first year of college has come to an end, Jim (Jason Biggs) is celebrating with some sexual hijinks, only to have not only his parents, but his partner’s parents walk in mid-coitus, creating quite an audience. But Jim is used to embarrassment, so he pushes on and when he learns that Nadia (Shannon Elizabeth) is returning to visit, he decides he needs to make up for his previous sexual misadventures. But he needs to sharpen his skills so that he can impress Nadia, so he enlists Michelle (Alyson Hannigan) to teach him some tricks of the trade. Meanwhile, Jim’s friends cope with their own issues, from long distance relationships to tantric build-up, while Stifler (Seann William Scott) eggs on as much trouble as possible. Can Jim manage to go from dud to stud in time to please Nadia, or will he find up in another humiliating situation?
Entertainment Value: This sequel delivers more of the sex jokes and awkward humor of the original American Pie, but feels like a retread, so while there’s some fun here, it isn’t on par with the first movie. The narrative is similar to the original, as our hapless fellows push to find sexual bliss and run into various obstacles. While some twists are thrown in and there’s more of a focus on relationships over hookups, this feels slightly different at most. But I can’t imagine most viewers will come here for fresh narrative elements, as the real draw is whatever sexual mishaps Jim finds himself in and the awkwardness that unfolds for the males here. The movie delivers on those fronts, with Jim in one ridiculous scenario after another and of course, his father is always close at hand to send the shame into overdrive. So this trip back to the well might not break new ground, but for fans of the original, this sequel provides some laughs.
As with the original American Pie, this sequel talks a big game when it comes to sex, but has minimal nudity to back it up. One scene reveals a couple topless women, but that’s all the nakedness here. There are scantily clad moments and some sex scenes, but they’re all tame and often played for laughs. I do love the scene where Michelle sticks a trumpet up Jim’s ass, however. No blood. This one has some pratfalls and genital trauma, but no red stuff or graphic violence. The dialogue is passable here, saved by Seann William Scott and Eugene Levy, who between them have most, if not all of the best lines. Stifler is used a lot more this time around and starts to wear thin, but Levy is excellent as Jim’s dad and really delivers the laughs. As for craziness, a couple scenes get a little wild, but overall this is a standard comedy that keeps things reeled in.
Overall Insanity: 1/10