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Review by Susan Granger
2 stars out of 4
Is this third helping of the zany, ribald "American Pie" really any
better than its predecessors - or does it just seem that way after enduring
"Gigli"? Honestly, I'm not quite sure.
The story begins as Jim (Jason Biggs) and Michelle (Alyson Hannigan) have
graduated from college. Even before the titles, there's a humiliating sequences
as he pops the question in an elegant restaurant - and his clueless dad (Eugene
Levy) shows up at a most inopportune moment. After that, plans for the
traditional nuptials begin, which reunites Jim's buddies - genial Kevin
(Thomas Ian Nicholas), brainy Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas) and trouble-making,
over-sexed Stifler (Seann William Scott), who is determined to throw a wild
bachelor party and bed Michelle's gorgeous kid sister (January Jones).
Stifler's disco dance-off in a gay bar is one of the highlights. And, of
course, there are the inevitable family problems. "As the future protector of
my first-born, you have a long way to go," Michelle's ultra-conservative father
(Fred Willard) warns Jim, who is continually mortified by the irrepressible
Screenwriter Aaron Herz knows that the original "American Pie" audience
has grown up, if not matured, so director Jesse Dylan (Bob's son) keeps the
pace fast and funny, taking full advantage of the crude, raunchy moments.
Accidentally decorating the wedding cake with pubic shavings is bad enough but
Stifler's eating a doggy-doo truffle is over-the-top disgusting. On the Granger
Movie Gauge of 1 to 10, "American Wedding" is a crude, gross-out 5. We're told
that this is the series finale. "All the characters have gone from A-to-B,"
says Herz, its creator. "There is no more journey for them to take." No
"American Baby"? "American Divorce"?
Copyright © 2003 Susan Granger
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