The spirit of “American Pie” and “Porky’s” lives on in “Brain Drain 2,” which features a gang of teenage misfits causing mayhem at Harvard U. Mostly interesting as a compendium of Spanish insecurities abroad, the pic unleashes the standard arsenal of offensiveness and stereotyping, but the gags feel threadbare, even if they’re targeting hormonal teen auds. Pic’s first-weekend B.O. haul repped the second biggest of 2011 for a Spanish film, following “Torrente 4,” but “Brain” is unlikely to challenge intellects beyond Hispanic territories.
Spaniard Alfonso (Adrian Lastra) follows g.f. Sara (Paula Prendes) to Harvard, accompanied by his buddies — wheelchair-bound Ruedas (Gorka Lasaosa), visually impaired Chuli (Alberto Amarilla), gypsy Cabra (Canco Rodriguez) and gay Corneto (Pablo Penedo) — but finds Sara’s living with his childhood sweetheart, Marta (Patricia Montero). The only departure from the genre rulebook is that the characters are more concerned with romance than sex, and Lastra ekes some real pathos out of Alfonso’s doubts and humiliations. Though the humor is predictably odor- and liquid-based, gestures toward political correctness are shoehorned in, including a gay kiss. David Hasselhoff, used extensively in the pic’s marketing, makes a redundant cameo.