American Wedding

The farcical conclusion to the AMERICAN PIE trilogy, this frequently gross but often very funny slice of slapstick revolves around the impending nuptials of goofy but goodhearted Jim Levenstein (Jason Biggs) and kinky band-camp flautist Michelle Flaherty (Alyson Hannigan). The complications are as old as the institution of marriage: difficult relatives,...read more

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The farcical conclusion to the AMERICAN PIE trilogy, this frequently gross but often very funny slice of slapstick revolves around the impending nuptials of goofy but goodhearted Jim Levenstein (Jason Biggs) and kinky band-camp flautist Michelle Flaherty (Alyson Hannigan). The complications are as old as the institution of marriage: difficult relatives, pre-wedding jitters, calamitous preparations and mistaken intentions. But where other nervous bridegrooms-to-be might make a bad impression on uptight future in-laws by using the wrong silverware, Jim is caught by his fianc&#233e's parents in what looks like a four-way crime against nature involving two dogs, a cake and his foul-mouthed nemesis, Steven Stifler (Seann William Scott). Is this sophisticated humor? No. But it is pretty entertaining. So is the disco dance-off in a Chicago gay bar that pits the obnoxious but surprisingly light-footed Stifler against a beefy regular named Bear (Eric Allen Kramer), all choreographed to a medley of 1980s hits. And the term tour de force wouldn't be out of place in describing the fiasco that ensues when Jim's intimate, get-to-know-you dinner with the uptight Mr. and Mrs. Flaherty (Fred Willard, Deborah Rush) collides with a raunchy surprise bachelor party arranged by Stifler and Jim's loyal friends, Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas) and Kevin (Thomas Ian Nicholas). As Jim tries desperately to maintain decorum, he must explain the presence of two pneumatic, (barely) costumed strippers — a dominatrix (Nikki Schieler Ziering) and a saucy maid (Amanda Swisten) — and Kevin, who's tied to a chair in the broom closet. Meanwhile, Finch hides half-naked and chocolate-covered in a kitchen cabinet and Bear — the strippers' manager — graciously steps into the impromptu role of a rent-a-sommelier, deftly positioning himself to avoid revealing that he's wearing pants with a peek-a-boo posterior. If Georges Feydeau were a 20th-century playwright in touch with his horny inner adolescent, this is the kind of burlesque he'd be crafting. That said, AMERICAN PIE creator Adam Herz also ups the gross-out ante, building an extended gag — and gag is the word — around a chocolate-truffle sized mound of dog doo in a pleated-paper candy cup. Think PINK FLAMINGOS (1970) and consider yourself warned.

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  • Released: 2003
  • Rating: R
  • Review: The farcical conclusion to the AMERICAN PIE trilogy, this frequently gross but often very funny slice of slapstick revolves around the impending nuptials of goofy but goodhearted Jim Levenstein (Jason Biggs) and kinky band-camp flautist Michelle Flaherty (… (more)

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