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American Pie 2 (2001)
 Reviewed 2002-02-15: I guess, for me, enjoyment of sophomoric humor is a guilty pleasure -- take South Park (for bad taste) and the rubber-faced Jim Carrey (for juvenile antics), for example. It's Second Look Reviewstrange, really, because I don't feel any obligation to apologize for liking films with sex and female nudity in them. I'm a guy, after all, and if you can't deal with my male tastes, then you can kiss my derrière -- or read another reviewer. But for some reason I feel I have to apologize for liking American Pie, the original, and American Pie 2, the sequel. Sexual backwardness and sexual misadventures really are funny, after all, and at one time or another in life we all -- at least those of us cursed with excess testosterone -- are faced with some of these longings, if not these situations.

And I guess "sophomoric" is literally true in the case of American Pie 2: our heroes -- Jason (Jim Levinstein), Oz (Chris Klein), Kevin (Thomas Ian Nicholas), Stifler (Seann William Scott), and Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas) -- have finished up their first year of college and want to make this summer together an experience to remember. The summer house they rent promises to be a babe magnet. This is primarily a "boy picture," of course, and it helps to have tasted the pastry before. Most sequels contain few surprises (indeed, most sequels should be strangled at birth). I was expecting to get some yucks from American Pie 2 and I did. But what surprised me was that I found myself appreciating the characters on a deeper level, and that my favorite character turned out to be a female one. Michelle (Alyson Hannigan) made me want to enroll in Band Camp!

Agree? Disagree? Tell me!

Ronald Bruce Meyer is a freelance reviewer.