Dorian's Movie Reviews

Is it worth seeing? Reviews are presented with no cynicism, no comparisons, no biased standards, no pretentiousness - every movie is reviewed on its individual entertainment value including technical presentation.    
Scale 1 - 5
American Pie, II
2001, Universal
Directed by J.B. Rogers
Story, characters, and screenplay by Adam Herz

This movie is about: Sex. Friendship - it doesn't change. Sex. Change - everyone changes. Sex. love. Sex. Every man's wish - plenty of willing women and some experienced women to teach them. Sex. Every woman's wish, someone who will seriously love her, not just want her for sex. Sex. Summer vacation - a time to play, a time to grow up. Sex. Getting comfortable with your sexuality. Sex. Getting comfortable with everyone's brand of sexuality. Sex. Getting confidence. Sex. Finding who you are, and being it. Sex.

All of the laughs are not in the TV advertising. There are plenty more in this genuinely funny movie.

The original cast of the first American Pie returns for summer vacation at a cabin on the lake. Three characters deliver delightful performances. Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas), still obsessed with Stifler's mom, has taken up the oriental love arts to perfect the experience. Stifler (Seann William Scott) is convinced he is the original primordial love prototype. And in Jim's (Jason Biggs) beach baggage is the worry that his one sexual encounter in life will neither present him well for another, nor sustain a relationship. Jim turns to old girlfriend Michelle (Alysan Hannigan) for instruction in the art of lo... uh, sex. It's just about sex.

The story is much more farce than comedy. Although the writing does a good job of drawing humor out of situations, this movie has too many characters to develop a consistent storyline, and it is really about too many things, which saps the power to entertain. This is a story in need of focus. But it is good for a few light-hearted laughs that poke fun at who we are and the amazing but hilarious situations that we somehow get ourselves into.

I give this one three spotlights out of a possible five for the minimal accomplishments in amusing entertainment, acting, cinematography, music selection, and directing. It is rated R for strong sexual content, crude humor, language, and drinking. Enjoy!

- Dorian


  • 5 Spotlights: The best of movie making, well worth seeing
  • 4 Spotlights: Good movie for the genre; may have minor technical or story problems but they hardly harm the enjoyment; clearly worth seeing; (most movies)
  • 3 Spotlights: Not bad, but has problems - worth seeing
  • 2 Spotlights: Caution - a "B" movie, probably will appeal only to some
  • 1 Spotlight: Caution - not recommended for any audience (will probably never be given)

Note: No half spotlights are given.

My reviews are not based much on my personal taste, or any standard besides entertainment value. I try to be as objective as possible, keeping in mind that entertainment value is very subjective and individualized. If I'm not interested in a movie I usually don't go see it, so it doesn't get reviewed. Each character, and each position in the production company might be highlighted if the contribution affected the enjoyment of the story as either outstanding or dismal and I noticed it, keeping in mind that many contributions are singularly distinguished by their seamless integration with the story, not calling attention to themselves and thereby escaping attention.

- Dorian Scott Cole

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