American Wedding (2003)


Dave’s 3-Word Review:
The Stifler Show

This film was selected from ‘The 250’

Cowabunga, my little cowpolks. I apologize in advance for my strange behavior, for I have not slept a wink in quite a while. I thought while I’m up I might as well review the next installment of the American Pie franchise, American Wedding. We all remember when the third film came out whether or not we actually saw it, because it was the original end to the original series – before it turned into a debacle of movies no one really wanted to see. Of course that changed when American Reunion came out 9 years later, but this was when we all had to say farewell to our weird perverted family. Was it a particularly sad goodbye? Not really, but I’m still surprised to see the series has spirit left in it.

American Wedding isn’t really hard to guess the plot. It’s in the title. There’s only two real couples in the franchise that would tie the knot, Oz and Heather, or Jim and Michelle. Seeing how Jim is the main character of the whole thing, it’s a fair guess to say it’s his wedding in question – and you’d be right. The film opens up with a proposal, and what follows is wedding preparation with plenty of awkward and disgusting hilarity that ensues.

My 3-Word Review says: The Stifler Show – and for good reason. While you may think that this is a movie about a wedding, and it is, for some reason most of the focus heavily landed on Seann William Scott in his performance as Steve Stifler. It took me a second to try to find out why, and I think the reason is actually as clear as day. Without him, the movie simply wouldn’t be funny. Not because none of the other characters are funny, but because everyone else is growing up. Maturing. Stifler’s entire role in the franchise seems to be to drag these people back to his own depths of deviation. The same applied to earlier films, but when everyone else was younger, they were also all pretty much equally as stupid – making them an all-around funnier and more believable movie.

Plus, Stifler’s version of humor isn’t awkward like Jimbo’s. It’s more revolting and shocking than anything else. That’s not entirely a bad thing, but it doesn’t exactly feel like the other movies either. Don’t get me wrong, some of the jokes were so wrong and so out there that they really work. There are truly some hysterical moments in this film. At the same time, there’s just too much Stifler. To the point where his performance is more robotic and less believable. We just needed more moments with the other cast members.

Which brings me to the cast. As much as I love the cast in these films, I didn’t so much for this film because there were more than a few faces missing this time around. Primarily speaking Oz, Heather, Vicky, Nadia, Jessica, and even Sherman. All gone in this film. Don’t get me wrong, it was still ensemble with plenty of favorite faces, but without the same dynamics it doesn’t quite work as well as it used to, which is a shame. What it did have, on the other hand, was a plot – unlike American Pie 2. The second film was a little bit of a disaster as far as plots go. A lazily strung-together mess of stories.

The Good:

We’re back to solid plots, which is a good thing, and the humor in this film – while way over-the-top, is honestly pretty effective.

The Bad:

Way too much Stifler. It’s like he overtook the entire movie when it really should have focused more on Jim and Michelle and their wedding. Too much of anything is a bad thing.

Memorable Quote:

Stifler: Are you saying I’m impolite?

Jim: “Impolite” would be an improvement.

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