J.D. Lafrance
American Pie: The Wedding DVD Review

American Pie: The Wedding

September 1, 2002

Director: Jesse Dylan,
Starring: Jason Biggs, Seann William Scott, Alyson Hannigan, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Thomas Ian Nicholas, January Jones, Eugene Levy, Molly Cheek, Deborah Rush, Fred Willard, Angela Paton, Eric Allan Kramer, Amanda Swisten, Nikki Schieler Ziering, Lawrence Pressman, ,

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DVD Review

J.D. Lafrance

Jim takes on his biggest challenge yet in the third American Pie film: getting married.

Oh dear. Did a moderately amusing teen comedy really deserve a further two sequels? Well like it or not, the third film is now out on DVD to buy, stacked with extra features.

Not so much a film as a bunch of strung-together toilet jokes with a wedding at the end, American Pie: The Wedding lacks even the most basic structure of storyline. Jim and Michelle decide to get married. Cue batchelor parties with bondage models interrupted by an unexpected visit from the in-laws, and Stiffler (Sean William Scott at maximum annoyance mode) mistaking Jim’s granny for a bridesmaid in the dark. No really.

The appeal of the first film was that it had a decent story and characters to back up its Porky’s-style humour. The guys wanted to get laid while the girls had to explain why it was better to wait. The second film followed a similar formula but at least had some laugh-out-loud moments. By the time the producers rushed out a third script to rake in as much money as they could before the gross-out genre was well and truly dead (sadly its still ongoing) half the cast had jumped ship and it was merely a chance to go through the motions.

Granted, there are probably a couple of funny moments amongst the cringeworthy comedy but you’ll be hard-pressed to find them. Stiffler accidentily wanders into a gay bar – Ho ho ho! Stiffler swears a lot! Tee hee! A dog eats the wedding ring! Gee, we haven’t seen that joke a million times! Perhaps Sean William Scott is committing career suicide and just forgot to tell anyone. That’s how bad he is in this ‘film’.

Things improve somewhat when we get to the actual wedding, but it’s just too little too late. Avoid.

Special Features:

Sadists can wallow in a wealth of bonus material. There are two commentaries from the cast and director, deleted scenes, outtakes, a look at the filming of the batchelor party, how to speak Stiffler (uh, just say the F-word all the time), cheesy wedding video footage and a featurette about Jim’s ‘shaving’ experience.

May God have mercy on your soul.

J.D. is a freelance writer who is currently doing research for a book on the films of Michael Mann. He likes reading anything written by Jack Kerouac, James Ellroy, J.D. Salinger, Harlan Ellison or Thomas Pynchon. J.D. is currently addicted to the T.V. series 24 and enjoys drinking a lot of Sprite. This is not a blatant plug for the beverage but if they ever decided to give him a lifetime supply he certainly wouldn’t turn them down.
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Rating: 35%



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