One of the greatest journeys
in life is that of marriage. The years of searching for the
right person, the chaotic preparations not withstanding, marriage
has remained an institution of civilization for thousands
of years. Despite the many changes in courtship and perceptions
over the last 40 years, marriage is still the ultimate goal
for many couples as society, literature, the arts, and old
fashioned romanticism enforce that true happiness can be found
in spending your life with another.
In the film American Wedding, lovable and eccentric
Jim (Jason Biggs), and Michelle (Alyson Hannigan), have decided
to tie the knot following their college graduations. Naturally
the carefully planned proposal becomes a public embarrassment
thanks to Michelles active libido and the untimely arrival
of Jims dad (Eugene Levy).
Despite the public mishap, the wedding plans shift into
high gear with the arrival of Michelles parents Harold
and Mary (Fred Willard, (Deborah Rush) and their daughter
Cadence (January Jones). Naturally Jim, thanks to the unwanted
help of local miscreant Steve Stiffler (Seann William Scott),
makes a negative impression on his future in laws by being
caught in yet another of his awkward and embarrassing situations.
Things get even more intense when Stiffler and Jims buddy
Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas) battle for the affections of Cadence
with hilarious results especially when Stiffler, the master
of profanity and crudeness, attempts to ingratiate himself
with Michelles parents and become part of the wedding
This all adds up to a hectic and very funny wedding preparation
as all manner of mishaps arise ensuring that this wedding
will not be soon forgotten. The wedding in many ways is an
afterthought in the film as the focus is on the events leading
up to the wedding. The cast works very well with one another,
and they seem to be having a blast working with one another
again. Most of the female members of the previous films as
well as Ozzy (Chris Klein) are not in the film. While Klein
reportedly did not wish to be a part of the film, the absence
of any mention of his character seems odd, especially given
that Shannon Elizabeths Nadia is mentioned briefly in
the film though her character does not appear.
Smaller cast aside, the film is a bawdy and funny romp that
will delight fans of the series and make you laugh. The story
may not be all that deep, but the film hits a home run in
the laugh department. My main regret is that Hannigan and
Biggs were more subdued then in the past as it is Stiffler
who gets himself into the craziest situations in the film.
Should this film prove a success, then do not rule out a fourth
slice of a very good pie.