American Wedding

It seems that everyone wants to do films in trilogies nowadays and American Pie is no exception.  American Wedding reunites almost the whole cast of the series again – well most of the guys anyway. The female leads seem to have left the series for good.

Jim (Jason Biggs) finally decides to pop the question to his sexually charged geek girlfriend Michelle (Alyson Hannigan) and luckily for him she says ‘yes’.

With Jim and Michelle getting married the rest of Jim’s friends are delighted – well it’s an excuse to have a wild bachelor party. Soon Kevin (Thomas Ian Nicholas), Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas) and the uncontrollable Stifler (Sean William Scott) are more excited than the happy couple.

When Michelle’s gorgeous sister, Cadence (January Jones) arrives on the scene, a bitter rivalry forms between Finch and Stifler who have both got one thing on their minds.

Can Jim hold everyone in check long enough to get married? Can Stifler manage to not destroy the wedding? And who will win the affections of Cadence?

American Wedding would be a collage of montages, musical interludes and some very poorly executed comedic set pieces but is saved by two things – Stifler and Jim’s Dad. These two hold more than their share of the film together.

The rest of the performances are nothing special as the cast are used to the characters by now so they all seem very comfortable playing them. Eugene Levy continues his tradition of scene stealing as Jim’s Dad. He’s always been a very reliable actor – whether he could carry a film as the main lead is questionable but he’s definitely one of the best scene stealers around today.

Sean William Scott looks like he’s having a great time and his posturing and sexual bragging make up for the majority of the laughs. It’s obvious that the film makers have increased his role to compensate for the lack of laughs from the rest of the cast. He’s even funnier when trying to be ‘Steven’ – an adopted goodie-goodie persona invented to impress both sets of parents for two reasons – to be the best man and to get of with Cadence. Ironically sophisticated Finch decides that Cadence is more impressed with the ‘bad boy’ image that he invents to woo her.

The heart warming aspects of the first film are jettison in favour of more crude humour and they do provide some of the funniest moments of the film (and also the grossest). The bachelor party is funny with all sorts of misunderstandings. The other two standout scenes involve Stifler having a dance-off in a gay bar and the grossest scene involving a dog turd. Some of the humour misses the mark wildly such as the ‘pubic hair shaving’ scene.

It’s obvious that if you enjoyed the first two films, then you’ll probably end up enjoying the third. For all its flaws, there is enough entertainment and crassness to pass away a couple of hours at least.

Score 6/10