Film: American Psycho 2: All American Girl
American Psycho 2: All American Girl is the In Name Only sequel to the 2000 original. Narrator Rachel Newman (Mila Kunis) is studying criminal psychology at college, her ambition being to join the FBI at Quantico to hunt serial killers. Her classmates have the same ambition. And since only the top student gets an offer to be the TA of a certain professor (played by William Shatner) that she's sure will guarantee such a career later on, she starts killing those ahead of her and anyone else who gets in the way. Good performances and plenty of Black Humor make it quite similar in style to both the book and first movie....of course, the entire idea of a sequel to American Psycho is probably a deal-breaker to a lot of people. Particularly given that, frankly, this one's just another generic slasher movie, and it contains absolutely none of the Mind Screw elements nor satire over the 80's yuppie movement the original was ripe with. Amusingly, this film is not only disowned by Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis, but it's the only movie Mila Kunis considers an Old Shame, for reasons that should be very obvious.
Provides Examples of:
- Ambition Is Evil
- Disproportionate Retribution: Rachel's revenge on the office worker whose only crime was pointing out that she could not apply for the TA position because she was a freshman. Not only does she kill the woman, she microwaves her cat.
- Dolled-Up Installment: The original script had nothing to do with American Psycho. See Working Title.
- In Name Only: In terms of unnecessary sequels, this one is up there.
- It's All About Me: Rachel is so sure that she needs to be the TA that anything she does to get there is entirely justified in her mind.
- Karma Houdini: Rachel keeps getting away with one murder after another despite all the mounting evidence.
- Mind Screw: There is one minor moment where Rachel pulls out a body and refers to it as Rachel. Did she kill the girl and assume her identity? It's unclear.
- Mind Screwdriver: The original kept it ambiguous whether Patrick Bateman killed anyone. According to this movie, he did.
- Motive Decay: Rachel kills a few people who have nothing to do with her overall scheme.
- Oddly Named Sequel 2: Electric Boogaloo: The title suggests a much stronger connection with the original than there really is. You don't need to have read or seen the original to enjoy this movie.
- Police Are Useless: Literally. Multiple deaths on campus and yet everything still seems to carry on as usual.
- Plot Hole: In the flashback at the start Rachel's narration says there was nothing connecting her to the murder scene, even though a cleaning lady witnessed her leaving the room. Or that the victim was her babysitter and babysitting her at the time.
- The intro has Patrick Bateman performing a murder that is completely unlike any of the crimes from his own story.
- Psycho Strings: Subverted. Rachel commits her murders with bouncy upbeat backing music.
- Serial Killer: Rachel, obviously.
- Sociopathic Hero: Rachel believes she is doing good: as she explains, killing a few classmates now will be completely justified by all the lives she saves as an FBI agent. Then it all becomes meaningless; she's killing her rivals to become a certain professor's TA, and he goes on sabbatical when she kills the student he's sleeping with— he won't have a TA.
- Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Patrick, in the intro in order to set up Rachel.
- There Are No Therapists: Averted, and Rachel actually goes to see him for some reason. He even puts together that she's got a dangerously unhealthy obsession with the professor, and tries to warn him, but does so in such a way that that it's interpreted as being about a different student.
- Twist Ending: While you'd be right to suspect that Rachel doesn't really die in a car crash, exactly where she returns (and who as) is nicely done.