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Review by Steve Rhodes
2½ stars out of 4
AMERICAN PIE is a series clearly running out of creative gas, but AMERICAN
WEDDING, the third and hopefully last in the series, shows that it still has
a little juice left. There may not be enough good jokes in AMERICAN WEDDING
to justify the price of admission, but there are a few decent ones, with the
best having Seann William Scott, as Steve Stifler, channeling John
Travolta's character from SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER. The twist is that Stifler's
dance competition is an impromptu one in a gay bar where he accidentally
Easily the series' most memorable character, Stifler is again his usual
obnoxious yet likable self. The movie's secret sauce, however, has always
been Eugene Levy, who plays Jim's dad. Levy is joined this time by Fred
Willard, who plays Michelle's father. Levy and Willard have been together
many times before in various Christopher Guest comedies (including A MIGHTY
WIND and BEST IN SHOW). They outclass the younger actors in the movie.
The movie's opening sequence, in which most of the action happens under a
restaurant table, is too old a joke to be very funny. Better is a scene in
which two dominatrices spice up Jim's bachelor party, thanks to Stifler.
Since the movie's title is AMERICAN WEDDING, it will be no surprise to hear
that Jim "The Pie Guy" Levinstein (Jason Biggs) and Michelle "The Band Girl"
Flaherty (Alyson Hannigan) are finally getting married. The events
surrounding their wedding will, of course, be a disaster until it magically
comes to a perfect ending. Along the way, the audience gets to enjoy -- or
has to suffer through, depending on your preferences -- an A+ gross-out
moment. I'll give you a hint. You'll want to consume all of your food
before the movie's midpoint, or, otherwise, you may have to throw it away.
Let's hope the studio throws away this series. It was sometimes fun while
it lasted, but it's past time to bid it adieu.
AMERICAN WEDDING runs 1:42. It is rated R for "sexual content, language and
crude humor" and would be acceptable for most teenagers.
My son Jeffrey, age 14, gave it ***. A fan of the series, he liked the
choice of jokes this time and thought the movie was funny. He liked the way
every character's personality had changed some from AMERICAN PIE 2.
Copyright © 2003 Steve Rhodes
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