Jim and Michelle are getting married, but Jim is worried that
everything will go wrong, especially when Stifler gets involved.
American Wedding (2003)
Directed by Jesse Dylan
Written by Adam Herz
Starring Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Seann William Scott,
Eddie Kaye Thomas, Thomas Ian Nicholas, January Jones,
Eugene Levy, Fred Willard, Deborah Rush, Eric Allan Kramer
Sequel to 2001's American Pie 2
American Wedding is funny enough, but it's missing something crucial that the first two films had in spades. This third installment is predictable and a lot of the jokes are just rehashes that go way further than they have in the past. That isn't to say I didn't enjoy it for the most part. It's a decent comedy, but it's definitely the weakest link so far. I think a lot of the problems come from giving Steve Stifler (Seann William Scott) more screentime and a subplot. He was a character that has always worked in small doses. Too much Stifler gets really annoying really quickly.
Another noticeable problem was the exclusion of Oz and Heather, played by Chris Klein and Mena Suvari in the first two American Pie films. I always liked their story, and not having them appear even in a brief cameo made this film feel somewhat incomplete. There's not a lot of memorable moments in this one. You're just waiting for the wedding while random, unconnected hijinks ensue. I did enjoy the dance-off scene in the gay bar. That was pretty funny. But there's also a scene where Stifler eats dog shit. So...
Overall, I think American Wedding could've been better, and I still look forward to capping off my marathon with 2012's American Reunion in the near future. But the editing is choppy, the characters are one-dimensional, and you don't really feel like anything changed by the film's end. The first film was about living life on your own terms and nobody else's. The second film was about how important it was to find someone who loves you for who you are. This film is about a wedding, and nothing else.