With Great East Falls High now just a memory, the kids have grown into adults ready to wreak havoc with a new rite of passage: Jim and Michelle are getting married--in a hurry. Jim's grandmother is sick and wants to see Jim walk down the aisle, so they're going for it in two frantic weeks. Stifler plans to be there (for the bridesmaids!) and, more importantly, to throw the ultimate bachelor party (for the strippers!). Finch is all for the hedonistic rituals, but not for letting Stifler steal the maid of honor, who happens to be Michelle's sexy younger sister, Cadence. But while everybody else sweats and frets, Jim's Dad is cool as ever, dispensing advice that no one wants to hear and getting ready for one of the best days of his life.
"I thought I'd outgrown this kind of behavior," Jim (Jason Biggs) says about halfway through this comedy, at which point you're likely to feel the same way. The sequel to "American Pie" and, even more pathetically, the sequel to "American Pie 2," "American Wedding" struggles so hard to be tasteless that it's almost quaint. (Don't presume such a remark to be a compliment — you'll see better film on ponds.) "Wedding" is so reiterative that it suggests the kind of compulsive behavior that often requires psychiatric counseling. In "Wedding," Jim has proposed to Michelle (Alyson Hannigan). Their friends show up to support the happy event — actually, his friends Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas) and Kevin (Thomas Ian Nicholas), since Michelle's friends were apparently able to slip out of whatever obligations that might have forced them to return for this picture. Morale seems to be so low on the set that the cast might as well be clearing away shelf space at Blockbuster for the eventual spot of dishonor "Wedding" will assume there. — Elvis Mitchell
2003-08-01 | Elvis Mitchell | Read the New York Times Review of American Wedding