American Pie: The Wedding
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Well here we are, the final part of the American Pie trilogy and it rounds off the story with style.
In this third & final chapter of the lives of the highschool friends, Jim Levinstein (Jason Biggs) pops the question to his love Michelle Flaherty (Alyson Hannigan) and the film develops as the group develops in preparation for the wedding. In a similar pattern as regular, the film moves along this route in a sickening pattern with hilarious consequences (the first moment being the proposal itself which must go down as the strangest proposal in film history).
During the course of the film, Jim & Steve Stifler (Seann William Scott) both get themselves into tricky situations, one after another, until eventually the ending when surprise surprise, the predictable happens and we get an ending which satisfies everyone.
After talking about how good this film is, it might be worth mentioning some flaws. The one key problem with this film, if you see it as a problem, is the extreme focus on Stifler. Even by usual standards, Stifler seems to take control of the film, meaning as a result that Jim’s other friends Kevin Myers (Thomas Ian Nicholas) and Paul Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas) get pushed to the background mostly of the film and the actors don’t really get to show their talents fully. This however, is only a fault if you enjoy the characters of Kevin and Finch, whilst if you prefer Stifler, it might be a good thing.
Other than the flaw of certain characters getting small parts, the only other negative aspect of this film in my personal view is that certain characters are completely absent. It’s understandable that Mena Suvari and Chris Klein would command fees and be absent, however the film doesn’t explain at all why they are absent and simply ignores the existence of Oz alltogether. This is a mistake, however I feel this is probably to avoid confusing people who might have not seen the first two (whoever that person might be in the world).
This film may not win awards for originality and for it’s scripting, acting or anything else, but at times it is hilarious, at times it makes you feel close to sickness and at times you genuinely care for the characters.
American Pie was the best of all this teen comedy type of film (although I do like Road Trip, it isn’t in the same league), American Pie 2 was just as good, if not better, and now with American Wedding, the creators of this trilogy have chosen an amazing conclusion.
You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll almost vomit, but most of all, you’ll love this movie.