A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this is an exuberantly outrageous movie with humor that is good-hearted but extremely explicit. There are jokes about every body part and function and about every kind of sexual practice, heterosexual and homosexual, including oral sex, mild S&M, and the use of sex toys. The language is extremely strong, with nonstop swearwords and exceptionally explicit sexual references. A character moons the others. A character has sex with someone thinking it is someone else. Stifler once again ingests a substance for gross-out effect. There is social drinking. The issue of religious intermarriage is raised when one family member objects, but everyone else is completely supportive.
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What's the story?
In this third installment of the American Pie series, Jim (Jason Biggs) proposes to Michelle (Alyson Hannigan). Jim relies on Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas), Kevin (Thomas Ian Nicholas), and Stifler (Seann William Scott) to help make the wedding go as smoothly as possible. All of the preparations for the wedding, from finding the perfect dress to meeting the new in-laws, provide opportunities for wild adventures and plenty of trouble.
Is it any good?
AMERICAN WEDDING is funny but very crude. Its antics include conventional setups for humor like a dance-off in a gay bar and a personality switch as the irrepressible Stifler pretends to be a sweet, polite, preppy philosopher and Finch pretends to be an obnoxious bad boy. But mostly it is just a series of humiliating escapades as the straight-laced in-laws walk in on what appears to be Jim having sex with another man and some dogs, a bachelor party that involves strippers, a guy in bondage, and some very revealing leather pants, a character unexpectedly ends up having sex with an elderly lady, and yet another dessert is destroyed by Jim. As in all classic sex farces, the outrageous situations are really a morality tale -- the good are rewarded and the naughty are punished.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how this third movie iin the fanchise compares with the previous two. Is it still working or getting tired?
American Wedding plays with younger-vs.-older-generation and male- vs.-female humor. Which gender or generation in this movie understands the other one best?
- In theaters: July 24, 2003
- On DVD or streaming: December 29, 2003
- Cast: Alyson Hannigan, Jason Biggs, Seann William Scott
- Director: Jesse Dylan
- Studio: Universal Pictures
- Genre: Comedy
- Run time: 95 minutes
- MPAA rating: R
- MPAA explanation: sexual content, language and crude humor
- Last updated: March 14, 2020
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