American Wedding



Another slice of American Pie. Older teens only.
  • Review Date: January 4, 2004
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2003
  • Running Time: 95 minutes

What parents need to know

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

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.

Not applicable

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."

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Social drinking.

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.

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.

Families can talk 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

Theatrical release date:July 24, 2003
DVD release date:December 29, 2003
Cast:Alyson Hannigan, Jason Biggs, Seann William Scott
Director:Jesse Dylan
Studio:Universal Pictures
Run time:95 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:sexual content, language and crude humor

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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 10 minutes of pure laughter. This movie doesn't have stereotypes either. The parents are real people, and so are the gay people. Fred Willard and Eugene Levey knock it out the park with their dead on portrayal of michelle and jim's dads. Above all, this is a sweet teenage comedy. The sight gags are mixed with the emotions of real kids, with real experiences. I can't wait for American Parents.
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 other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 15 years old Written byevolinag May 5, 2012

The third "American Pie"-movie is also funny and also sexual.

The teenage comedy "American Pie" has become a cult phenomenon all over the world. As usual when a movie is succesful, sequels are made. Usually they are just dumb and unoriginal, but this one is still funny. It is not as good as the first one, and also a bit less funny then No. 2, but still one of the better comedies. The humour is sexual (though not as strong as in the first two movies), features a lengthy sequence filled with strippers (breasts are shown, whipping and depiction of sexual fantasies - this scene is even longer in the Unrated version, but is still not too strong and all played for laughs), scenes of sexual intercourse (no detail), references to fellatio and a depiction of a man shaving his public hair (seen from behind, the hair that has been shaved off is seen). Several other crude jokes, but less frequent than in the first two movies. I saw this movie when i was about 12 or 13. Teens will be able to handle it.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing


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