Hilariously, the first IMDb Trivia titbit for American Psycho 2 (2002) simply reads: “Mila Kunis is ashamed of this film.” I know Bret Easton Ellis wouldn’t agree with me, but I don’t think there’s anything inherently wrong in the idea of an “American Psycho” film series, with each entry presenting a satirical sketch of ruthless ambition and cold-blooded conformity in different spheres of society… I don’t even object to the studio repurposing the screenplay for an unrelated “serial killer” comedy (as they did here), in principle… but they shouldn’t be allowed to just slap the brand name on this kind of sloppy, shallow, straight-to-video shite, and hope that undiscriminating audiences will lap it up.
The premise of a preppy young student pursuing a career in criminology to channel her own murderous tendencies in a more socially acceptable direction held a lot of promise… like Dexter crossed with Election… but the plot had more holes in it than a sieve, and the ending was totally nonsensical, so sadly that promise was never really fulfilled. Still, I don’t think Kunis has anything to be ashamed about on an individual level… she acts the scenes as well as anyone could, looks hella cool in her black-leather-jacket-and-shades combo, and comes off as very charming in her character’s lighter moments. William Shatner also puts in an unexpectedly committed performance as the promiscuous professor who holds the golden ticket to her dream job… though it was a little disconcerting to hear Captain Kirk casually dropping F-bombs!
Overall, this movie passes the time, but doesn’t leave much of an impression. The dictionary definition of “Meh”.