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American Wedding

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Another slice of American Pie. Older teens only.
  • R
  • 2003
  • 95 minutes

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 7 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

The emphasis here is on extreme humiliation. There are explicit jokes about every body part and function and about every kind of sexual practice.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Jim goes out of his way to show Michelle's parents he's a good guy, and his hapless friends pitch in, but nearly every intended good deed ends in disaster.


Constant sexual references and frequent sexual situations, extremely explicit. A bachelor party involves strippers, a guy in bondage, and some very revealing leather pants. A character unexpectedly ends up having sex with an elderly lady, another has sex with a friend's mother.


Frequent and exceptionally strong language, including "f--k" and "s--t."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Social drinking.

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bygavin m. jackson April 9, 2008

Homophobic jokes, but not a homophobic movie.

American Wedding should really be titled Stifler's movie. Stifler is one of the greatest jerks ever to grace the silver screen. His scene in a gay bar is... Continue reading
Adult Written bymdog April 9, 2008


good movie not as good as the others though. Stifler is very funny as always. Not much stuff you have not seen in the other two movies so if you saw those the... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byT-Rod April 2, 2012

A different kind of Pie in more ways than one.

Many American Pie fans hate this movie. Or, well, let's not say HATE, more they find it to be extremely inferior to the previous two slices and an extreme... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byDolphinTaleFan February 24, 2013

Great movie!

Best movie in the American pie series it is funny rude and just a great movie! The pie still holds up

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?

Movie details

For kids who love comedy

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