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AMERICAN PIE: THE WEDDING
aka AMERICAN WEDDING aka AMERICAN PIE 3

Year: 2003
USA: Universal Studios
UK: UIP (UK)
Cast: Jason Biggs, Seann William Scott, Alyson Hannigan, January Jones, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Fred Willard, Eugene Levy, Molly Cheek, Deborah Rush, Angela Paton, Eric Allan Kramer, Jennifer Coolidge, Amanda Swisten, Nikki Schieler Ziering, Lawrence Pressman, Antoinette Levine, Alexis Thorpe, Reynaldo Gallegos, Kate Hendrickson, Rob Nagle, Corinne Reilly, Loren Lester, Justin Isfeld, John Cho, James Reese, Michael Coleman, Patrick Gallo, Golde Starger, Max Goudsmit, Logan Bartholomew, Neal Flaherty, Julie Payne, Peter Reinert, Peter Gaddis, Chris Bender, Tony Gatto, Willam Belli, Ryan Rubin, Brad Hamme, Frank Roessler
Director: Jesse Dylan
Country: USA
UK: 96 mins
USA Rated: R for sexual content, language and crude humor
UK Certificate: 15 contains strong language, sex and sex references
USA Release Date: 1 August 2003
UK Release Date: 15 August 2003

Review:
Synopsis

It was bound to happen, sooner or later.

The raucous and lovable characters from the wildly successful AMERICAN PIE and AMERICAN PIE 2 have gone and done it…well, they’re planning on doing it. Really soon. In front of everyone they know. In a big way.

Jim (Jason Biggs) and Michelle (Alyson Hannigan) are getting married.

With East Great Falls High, foreign exchange students, band camp, crazy glue and summer college vacations now a thing of the past, Jim and Michelle’s friends and family are ready to help usher the couple down the aisle and over the threshold into adulthood.

Michelle wants the wedding to be perfect. Not exactly an easy task, even with everyone on their best behavior and getting along…which probably isn’t going to happen. Michelle’s knock-out sister, Cadence (January Jones), has flown in to help out her sis as Maid of Honor. And once Stifler (Seann William Scott) and Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas) catch sight of Cadence-the war to woo is on. With all rules out the window, Stifler turns on his charismatic charm to nab the babe. Stifler? “Charismatic charm”?

Cautioned to tone it down by a nervous Jim - who already has his hands full trying to impress Michelle’s somewhat stuffy parents, Harold and Mary (Fred Willard and Deborah Rush) - Stifler abandons his customary plan of attack and becomes the charming would-be boyfriend of every nice girl’s dreams…which leaves Finch with no choice but to play the bad boy, with Cadence torn between perfect gentleman Stifler and that low-life Finch.

It’s good for Jim that some things don’t change, as Jim’s Dad (Eugene Levy) is an ever-present constant, dispensing well-meaning (but sometimes clueless) advice to his son and future daughter-in-law, occasionally crossing the line into the land of “too much information” concerning him and Jim’s Mom (Molly Cheek).

Also confounding the groom and bride-to-be’s rush to the altar are Kevin (Thomas Ian Nicholas), Jim and Finch’s trek to chase down the perfect wedding dress for Michelle; an unexpected bachelor party complete with naughty “maid” and sexy female “cop” (what’s a party without strippers?); dancing lessons, a church full of dead flowers, personal grooming mishaps and one, big, hairy wedding cake.

Welcome now to the thrilling climax of the AMERICAN PIE saga. Whom God would join, let no hilarious and irreverent situation put asunder. Forever hold your piece.

Recognizing themselves in the then high school seniors’ adventures, moviegoers fell in love with the East Great Falls High gang of AMERICAN PIE and stayed with them as they continued to grow up, heading to college and other new frontiers. Now Jim, Michelle and the gang return, still strongly linked by their on-going friendships…a little more mature and ready to leap into their adult lives.

Like the characters it so wonderfully captured, the AMERICAN PIE franchise began as a break-out teen comedy hit-a winning combination of raucous humor and heart-and now “grows up” with AMERICAN PIE: THE WEDDING, stepping up as a worthy entry in the tradition of great wedding comedies.










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