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San Jose Mercury News:
It has all the essential ingredients -- same writer, same cast, same suburban Michigan setting -- but it's sour now, with the texture of soggy cardboard.
It has a cheap, slapdash look that indicates no one behind the camera was interested in anything other than another fat payday.
Just another by-the-numbers, money-hungry sequel with a lot of recycled shaggy-sex jokes and gross-out gags.
New York Times:
To fill its depleted reservoir of jokes, Adam Herz's new script frequently tries to generate laughs simply by mentioning something from his old one.
The American Pie take on teenage sexuality is far more leering and prurient in its banana-peel fashion than the in-your-face voyeurism of Larry Clark's Bully.
No real premise, no new jokes, no new characters and still no plot line for poor Natasha Lyonne.
Still seems fresh, despite using the same ingredients of the first one.
Los Angeles Times:
A copy all the way, a disheartening attempt to capitalize on the success of the original.
Unlike most such sex comedies, it's not mean-spirited. Instead, like the original, it's an odd mix of ribaldry and innocence, titillation and tenderness, lasciviousness and love.
The entire movie plays like a fifth-rate burlesque show sprinkled with indiscreet product placement.
The main characters are further developed ... and just as endearing as the first incarnation.
All the family values remain intact, held fast with a substance even stronger than superglue: Nostalgia for sexual innocence past.
Globe and Mail:
Hollywood may treat us comedy fans like we're idiots, but we know a good super-glue joke when we see it.
Had director J.B. Rogers simply stuck to the sex jokes and not tried to redeem them, he'd have made a more honest film.
Exists exclusively because its forerunner made a lot of money -- and the lack of inspiration behind the movie shows in every frame.
I had a good time at American Pie 2, maybe because the characters are broad comic types, well played; the movie feels some sympathy for their dilemmas, and because it's obsessed with sex.
Here, the jokes are their own feeble reason for being; some are mildly funny, but most just fall flat with a dull clunk.
San Francisco Chronicle:
With its mix of lewd jokes, sentimentalized characters and fake emotion, American Pie 2 has less in common with its predecessor and everything in common with every other bad comedy ever made about randy young men.
This second slice just isn't as deliciously naughty as the original piece.
Less a movie than another efficient moneymaking machine for Universal Pictures, American Pie 2 is a remarkably boring comedy.
Rogers's feeble attempt to ape the Farrellys' gross/sad/funny dialectic falls flat.