|Rating:RATED R for Nudity, Sexual “Humor”, Language, and Many References to Genitalia
Starring: Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Seann William Scott, Eugene Levy
Directed By:Jesse Dylan
From the opening scene, we know that American Wedding, despite the change in title, is not going to be different than the two films that preceded it. Like those films, it aims both for the heart and the gut, usually at the same time, sending its characters from gross gag to happy moment with the grace of a Volkswagen that swerves through traffic with only a foot on its gas and no hands on its wheel. Transition is not an option…Once one gross gag or touching scene ends it moves quickly to its next.
American Wedding picks up with the relationship between Jim (Biggs, whose career will need a definite jump-start if this series is actually closed) and Michelle (Hannigan), whom have graduated from college and agreed to be married. We know that this won’t be easy for Jim from his escapades in the previous films, and his path is strewn with the same kind of genitally inclined mishaps we’ve come to expect from him. Of course, most of the male crew from the other films return to help him along, including Eugene Levy as his Dad and Seann William Scott as the Stifmeister. Stifler is especially prevalent in this chapter, especially in his romantic longing for Michelle’s sister (January Jones, who’s quickly climbing the ranks of Hollywood’s most stunning young stars) while trying to not ruin the wedding for everyone. Also new to this film are Michelle’s parents, played by Deborah Rush and the always-funny Fred Willard, who gets in on some good laughs.
Directed with the same voracious appetite as the first two by Jesse Dylan (the son of Bob), American Wedding also succeeds where those films did – in being exactly what it wants to be. If you can stomach the gags and put up with its childishness, you’ll probably enjoy yourself. There were many times I laughed heartily (though many less than its predecessors), but there were also many moments that left me with sheer indifference. The comedic stylings of this series have never been my particular brand of vodka, and have left me with as much listlessness as enjoyment.
To the target audience, this film will appear to be golden, and the laughs will pour out. To the maturer in age, it will seem gross and uninspired. It’s very difficult for me to grade this film, as I’m not sure which category I agree with more. If you want to laugh at sexual humor and vulgarity, you won’t be disappointed. If not, go see something that’s not this, like I would have if I had a choice.