American Wedding (2003)

The only theatrical American Pie movie in which Nadia (Shannon Elizabeth), Vicky (Tara Reid), Oz (Chris Klein), Sherman (Chris Owen), Jessica (Natasha Lyonne) and Heather (Mena Suvari) don’t appear, American Wedding was to be the last film of a trilogy. But hey — there was more to come. Even with a reduced cast, this cost way more than the first two put together — $55 million.

Jim (Jason Biggs) and Michelle (Alyson Hannigan) are getting married and if Steve Stiffler (Seann William Scott) can settle down, he’s allowed to plan the bachelor party. That said, once he and Paul (Eddie Kaye Thomas) see Michelle’s sister Candence (January Jones), all those promises go up in flames.

Is it any good? Well, Roger Ebert said that this film “is proof of the hypothesis that no genre is beyond redemption.”

It’s actually pretty fun. I mean, you get Eugene Levy and Fred Willard in a movie together. And it’s the only sex comedy I can think of that one of Bob Dylan’s son’s directed. Actually, it’s kind of cool that a teenage sex comedy can grow up — well, not much — and embrace marriage as something worth looking forward to. Who knew we’d get to that place for a movie centered around a teenager putting his penis inside a hot piece of dessert?

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