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15 American Pie: The Wedding (2003)

updated 13th August 2003
reviewer's rating
Three Stars
Reviewed by Nev Pierce
User Rating 4 out of 5


Director
Jesse Dylan
Writer
Adam Herz
Stars
Jason Biggs
Seann William Scott
Eddie Kaye Thomas
Alyson Hannigan
January Jones
Length
96 minutes
Distributor
UIP
Cinema
15th August 2003
Country
USA
Genre
Comedy
Web Links
Interview with Jason Biggs

Interview with Seann William Scott

Interview with Alyson Hannigan

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Breasts, bits, sex and swearing: welcome back teensploitation.

The leads in this third slice of pie may be graduates, but their characteristics remain the same. Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas) is still a square, Stifler (Seann William Scott) a jock and Jim (Jason Biggs) a self-confessed "perv", about to marry his "nympho" girlfriend, Michelle (Alyson Hannigan).

As franchise fans will expect, getting hitched isn't hitch-free.

Within 15 minutes, Jim's lost his trousers twice - once when proposing, then meeting the in-laws. Dog molesting, excrement-eating and pubic hair problems follow, as the gross-out genre gets a kick in the noughties.

So, then, not exactly Shakespeare - although the Bard wasn't averse to a spot of smut. In fact, from "As You Like It" to "The Canterbury Tales", popular entertainment has long had recourse to groin-centric humour.

Simply, it's fun. Crude and lewd, yes. In bad taste, no question. But "The Wedding" will make you laugh. "American Pie" re-started a cycle of teen sex comedies which, to use the vernacular, blew. Even its sequel sucked - reducing the characters to cardboard cutouts, souring the sweet kids of the original.

"AP3" is just as crass, but includes just enough sweetness with the sour. Jim is a likeable everykid, but it's Eugene Levy who injects heart, as the caring father given to sharing too much information ("Your mother can still make me squeal like a pig").

Amid the effing and grinding, there's a moral message to the movie. Making a marriage work requires "compromise and sacrifice", says Jim's dad, while his schmucky son tells his bride-to-be, "I think you and I are a perfectly natural, normal thing".

Brief and underplayed, these scenes are sentimental without being cloying: promoting acceptance amid the buffoonery and bawdiness. Some things still sit uneasy - the stripper sequence feels degrading - but the target audience will lap it up. No sniggering at the back.

"American Pie: The Wedding" is released in UK cinemas on Friday 15th August 2003.







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