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American Wedding (American Pie: The Wedding) (2003)

  Directed by: Jesse Dylan
Written by: Adam Herz
Starring: Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Seann William Scott
Links: American Wedding on the IMDb, Official site, Buy on Video, Buy on DVD, Buy the Soundtrack
Genre: Comedy

This movie gets: 5.00 (1 rating)
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American Wedding (American Pie: The Wedding) (2003) is also mentioned in andy-j's review of Meet the Fockers (2004).

"American Pie: The Stifler" - a review by andy-j

The third American Pie (1999) outing opens with a funny scene where the klutzy Jim (Jason Biggs) proposes to the slightly-weird Michelle (Alyson Hannigan), but when Jim's father (Eugene Levy) turns up, things don't exactly go to plan. Nevertheless, as the wedding plans begin to take shape, Jim has to work hard to impress Michelle's parents (who get a very bad first impression of him) while trying to keep Stifler (Seann William Scott) at bay. Meanwhile, Stifler competes with Finch for the affections of Michelle's beautiful sister Cadence.

American Pie: The Wedding is rather hit-and-miss. While it follows the same general formula as its predecessors in terms of plot, it just doesn't have a whole lot of heart. The humour is mostly reliant on what happens when the characters get themselves into absolutely outrageous situations, but things are always taken a step too far, and it is obvious that the writers were trying to one-up the pranks and hilarity that took place in the first two movies. As well as this, the fallout doesn't have the same impact for some reason - maybe it's because the characters are older now, or maybe it's because the whole thing is getting a little tired. Or maybe it's because most of the characters are mere shadows of their former selves. Jim was once a clumsy but lovable fellow, someone who stressed himself out with worry which managed to land him in all sorts of unfortunate situations. Now he's rather plain and boring. Michelle isn't the zany nympho she once was - now she's just some girl getting married (seriously, it's all been downhill for her since her "twist" at the end of the first movie). Fred Willard and Deborah Rush (as Michelle's parents) are wasted, as is Eugene Levy, and the rest of the characters are rather unremarkable.

Except for Stifler. Really, this movie should have been called "American Pie: The Stifler" because he is the main focus of the movie. He is a very mixed bag. Some of his antics are genuinely funny, like his campaign to seduce the bridesmaid by pretending to be a charming preppy rich-kid. But sometimes his pranks are bloody stupid and totally unfunny (like the stupid danceathon). Stifler pretty much saves the movie from being a total disaster though. His character is more interesting than any other, but really that's not saying too much, because most of the other characters are there to help set up Stifler jokes. Seann William Scott is totally over-the-top. Every second syllable that comes out of his mouth is "fuck", his reactions are totally overdone... even his walk makes him look like he's some cartoon character. Part of me thinks he's a dick, but another part of me finds him entertaining and harmless, so I guess he can be somewhat forgiven. One thing I'm sure about though - this movie has further pushed the franchise in the wrong direction... please, no more.

andy-j gives this movie 5 out of 10.
Review created on Sun 15 Feb 2004

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Reader comments

  1. This is a hilarious movie. Stifler is the best

    Rating given: 9

    A comment from GOrd on Fri 12 Jan 2007 12:36 #

Those who have commented give this movie: 9.00 (1 rating)

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