American Psycho II: All American Girl

"Bad"

American Psycho II: All American Girl Review


Usually sequels offer something for fans of the original. At the very least, they have similar themes or offer the same characters and activities that made the first movie successful. That's why I'm having a hard time trying to figure out who would possibly enjoy the direct-to-video American Psycho 2.

American Psycho (based on Bret Easton Ellis' novel) was a satire of 1980s yuppie materialism, represented by Patrick Bateman (a brilliant Christian Bale) who kills prostitutes and homeless men to establish his social power but also kills a co-worker so he can have the best-looking business card in the office. Director Mary Harron also showed, as Ellis keenly did, that being a greedy overachiever makes you just like everybody else. Stripped of basic emotions and possessed by his possessions and status, a man doesn't really exist.

American Psycho 2 has cute college freshman and sociopath Mila Kunis killing people for 88 minutes, usually with a large knife.

I can't think of one American Psycho fan who wouldn't be disappointed watching this far inferior sequel, which doesn't even try to flex any intellectual muscles or take any chances. It's another stale, kill-by-numbers flick, complete with blade-thin characters and terrible, pun-laden dialogue. And if that's not enough for you, William Shatner is in it.

The plot of the sequel introduces us to Rachel Newman, who we learn was responsible for murdering uptown serial killer Bateman. Instead of retreating into a psychotic shell, the older Rachel (Kunis) is now a college freshman studying under Professor Robert Starkman (Shatner), who was once the FBI's premiere serial killer hunter. Rachel is hell-bent on becoming his teacher's assistant next year, which would make her a shoo-in for the FBI's training program.

However, Rachel has stiff competition, and she is soon murdering her classmates with nary a blip on her conscience radar. However, she decides to see the campus psychologist (Geraint Wyn Davies), who almost immediately identifies Rachel as a textbook sociopath and warns Starkman. Actually, I'm making the plot sound more advanced than it really is. It's really just the typical array of threatening conversations between Rachel and the doc, numerous killings, and a lame "She isn't dead!?" ending. Trust me: You've seen it all before, so don't bother watching it again.

If you do succumb, try to determine how Kunis (who weighs, tops, 100 pounds) not only strangles a fairly muscular male classmate, but disposes of all of the bodies into dumpsters and automobiles. Then again, as Michael Myers shows in the recent Halloween: Resurrection, serial killing can give you super strength, so what do I know?

She's younger than your toupee, Will.



American Psycho II: All American Girl

Facts and Figures

Genre: Horror/Suspense

Run time: 88 mins

In Theaters: Monday 10th June 2002

Budget: $10M

Distributed by: LionsGate Entertainment

Production compaines: Lions Gate Films

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 1.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 11%
Fresh: 1 Rotten: 8

IMDB: 3.9 / 10

Cast & Crew

Producer:

Starring: as Rachael, as Starkman, as Daniels, as Brian, as Cassandra, as Keith Lawson, Jenna Perry as Young Rachael, Michael Kremko as Patrick Bateman, as Barbara, Boyd Banks as Jim, Kay Hawtrey as Daniels' Mom

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

Cars 3 Movie Review

Cars 3 Movie Review

It's been six years since the last Cars movie (there were two Planes movies in...

The Beguiled Movie Review

The Beguiled Movie Review

In her inimitable loose style, Sofia Coppola remakes the 1971 Clint Eastwood movie from a...

War for the Planet of the Apes Movie Review

War for the Planet of the Apes Movie Review

The surprisingly thoughtful prequel trilogy comes to a powerful conclusion with this robust, dramatic thriller,...

It Comes At Night Movie Review

It Comes At Night Movie Review

This sharply original horror film not only approaches its premise from an unexpected angle, but...

Okja Movie Review

Okja Movie Review

As Tilda Swinton reteams with her Snowpiercer director, Korea's Bong Joon Ho, it's perhaps unsurprising...

Spider-Man: Homecoming Movie Review

Spider-Man: Homecoming Movie Review

This may be the third reboot of this franchise in 15 years, risking audience exhaustion,...

Despicable Me 3 Movie Review

Despicable Me 3 Movie Review

Actually the fourth film in the series (don't forget the prequel Minions), this animated super-villain...

Advertisement
Baby Driver Movie Review

Baby Driver Movie Review

Wildly energetic and so cool it hurts, this action movie has been put together in...

All Eyez On Me Movie Review

All Eyez On Me Movie Review

There's a clear sense that this Tupac Shakur biopic is hoping to build on the...

Hampstead Movie Review

Hampstead Movie Review

Deliberately appealing to older audiences, this undemanding comedy-drama comes with a hint of social relevance...

The Book of Henry Movie Review

The Book of Henry Movie Review

Apparently, this offbeat script had been making the rounds in Hollywood for some 20 years...

Transformers: The Last Knight Movie Review

Transformers: The Last Knight Movie Review

With this fifth Transformers movie, it seems clear that Michael Bay is still trying to...

Churchill Movie Review

Churchill Movie Review

This drama about the iconic British prime minister tells a darkly personal story set over...

Gifted Movie Review

Gifted Movie Review

This is one of those films that dances right up to the edge of soapy...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.