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American Wedding

MPA Rating: R-Rating (MPA) for sexual content, language and crude humor.
Moral Rating: Very Offensive
Moviemaking Quality:
Primary Audience: Teens
Genre: Comedy Romance
Year of Release: 2003
USA Release:
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See our review of another film in this series: American Pie II

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Featuring Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Eugene Levy, January Jones, Seann William Scott
Director Jesse Dylan
Producer Chris Bender, Adam Herz, Chris Moore, Craig Perry, Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz, Warren Zide

Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “With East Great Falls High now just a memory, the kids have grown into young adults ready to wreak havoc with a new rite of passage—Jim (Biggs) and Michelle (Hannigan) are getting married! Stifler (Scott) plans to be there (bridesmaids!), and more importantly to throw the ultimate bachelor party (strippers!). Finch (Thomas) 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 (Jones). While everybody else sweats and frets, Jim’s Dad (Levy) is cool as ever, dispensing advice that no one wants to hear and getting ready for one of the best days of his life.”

Viewer CommentsSend your comments
Neutral—“American Wedding” is film is raunchy, distasteful and crude. It is almost as if the goal of movies like these American Pie films, There’s Something About Mary, and the like are to give people vicarious thrills somehow through grossing them out to the extreme. This along with the latest nauseating wave of so-called “reality TV” is a sad commentary on where the mind of pop culture has gone in this generation. At the same time it reminded me of what this generation lacks and so desperately hungers for—meaningful relationship. That is one thing I will give the American Pie films—while the content is highly offensive, the characters are loyal friends and family members—even if their behavior and language is raunchy, which it is.

Let this be a window into popular culture that we take with us as Christians—that we live in a world filled with raunch, but also with real people who hunger for meaning and purpose in their lives. Are we genuinely listening to their needs and their hunger and responding out of Christian compassion or are we too grossed out and put off to even risk relating with “un-Christian” people? Jesus took the risk and related to common people that society looked down on, and so should we.
My Ratings: [Average / 2]
John, age 33
Neutral—The American Pie series may be lewd, crude, and all around distasteful but I give it credit for making me feel for its characters. Especially in the third installment of the series it seems I’ve become attached to them and like a sitcom I forgive them as long as they stay true to their characters. From a christian standpoint I can’t recommend this and I will not encourage anyone with strong christian values (or a weak stomach) to see it. But if this doesn’t offend you and you can just relax knowing you won’t do this in your life and simply enjoy the movie; it’s very entertaining. It has premarital sex, but it’s for the sake of comedy, not necessarily encouraging it.
My Ratings: [Somewhat Offensive / 3]
Jake Whipps, age 23
Positive—Looking at the film from a Christian perspective you can’t really give it props for being the most morally compelling argument of abstinence. All three films glorify sex before marriage even if they often show embarrassing sexual episodes as an indicator that if you’re inexperienced you’ll make an idiot out of yourself. The positive values about family and friends work despite the fact that it balanced out with gross-out humor. The movie on the whole is funny but not as good as the first two and is definitely not recommended for people who take offense to this kind of material, but you don’t need me to tell you that, if it’s any consolation I don’t think it’ll inspire teens to go out and have sex as much as it’ll inspire them to laugh.
My Ratings: [Very Offensive/4]
Chris Whipps, age 14
Movie Critics
…Sex/Nudity: Extreme; Profanity: Extreme…
…primary subject… is sex. …drenched in crude humor and filthy language…
Preview Family Movie and TV Review
…Puerile gags involve erections, sodomy, fellatio, orgasms, bestiality and pubic hair. …Stifler accidentally has intercourse with Jim’s grandmother and one of Jim’s friends has a sexual encounter with Stifler’s mom…
Loren Eaton, Plugged In!, Focus on the Family
…The honeymoon is over for the ‘American Pie’ gang…
John DeFore, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
…By now, the pie is stale and the whole thing is one big fat geek wedding fiasco…
Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
…scene after scene of sadistic and stomach-turning mishaps that have nothing to do with anything plot-wise…
Margaret A. McGurk, Cincinnati Enquirer
…this film embraces the fact that it has no shame…
E! Online
…Disposable as toilet paper…
Manohla Dargis, Los Angeles Times
…you’ll see better film on ponds…
Elvis Mitchell, New York Times