American Wedding: Vivian Zink
Bruce Fretts
July 30, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

American Wedding

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
96 minutes
Wide Release Date
08/01/03
performer
Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Seann William Scott, Jennifer Coolidge, January Jones, Eugene Levy, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Amanda Swisten, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Alexis Thorpe, Fred Willard
director
Jesse Dylan
Producer
Chris Moore
distributor
Universal
author
Adam Herz
genre
Comedy

We gave it a D-

The third helping of ”American Pie” offers little more than crumbs. Half the franchise’s core cast (including Mena Suvari, Chris Klein, and Tara Reid) chose to skip the big fat geek wedding of recent college grads Jim (Jason Biggs) and Michelle (Alyson Hannigan). You can hardly blame the no-shows, considering that the inept direction of ”How High”’s Jesse Dylan reduces American Wedding to a groin-numbing onslaught of sexual-humiliation and emission-ingestion gags.

Among the rote drolleries: Jim’s dad (Eugene Levy) catches his son with his pants down, literally, twice in the first 15 minutes; perennial horndog Steve Stifler (Seann William Scott) downs a doggy-doo truffle; and Jim accidentally garnishes the wedding cake with his pubic shavings. Even gifted Christopher Guest cronies Levy, Jennifer Coolidge, and Fred Willard can’t make ”American Wedding”’s comic wind any mightier.

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