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American Wedding (2003)


Average Rating: 5.8/10
Reviews Counted: 154
Fresh: 84 | Rotten: 70

Critics Consensus: Raunchier and even more gross than the first two American Pies, American Wedding ought to please fans of the series.

Average Rating: 5.3/10
Critic Reviews: 36
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 19

Critics Consensus: Raunchier and even more gross than the first two American Pies, American Wedding ought to please fans of the series.


Average Rating: 3.4/5
User Ratings: 493,610


Movie Info

With Great East Falls High now just a memory, the kids have grown into adults ready to wreak havoc with a new rite of passage: Jim and Michelle are getting married--in a hurry. Jim's grandmother is sick and wants to see Jim walk down the aisle, so they're going for it in two frantic weeks. Stifler plans to be there (for the bridesmaids!) and, more importantly, to throw the ultimate bachelor party (for the strippers!). Finch is all for the hedonistic rituals, but not for letting Stifler steal the … More

R (for sexual content, language and crude humor)
Directed By:
Written By:
Adam Herz
In Theaters:
Jan 2, 2004
Box Office:
Universal Pictures - Official Site



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Critic Reviews for American Wedding

All Critics (170) | Top Critics (39) | Fresh (84) | Rotten (70) | DVD (24)

A worn-out gross-out.

August 19, 2003
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

Funny when it needs to be. I don't know what more you can ask from the third installment of a series that has gone further than anyone reasonably could have expected.

August 7, 2003
Denver Rocky Mountain News
Top Critic

The formula has long since hardened into a flaky mess.

Full Review… | August 5, 2003
Village Voice
Top Critic

If there was ever a case of Hollywood's over-stroking a formula to squeeze every last drop out of it, American Wedding is it.

Full Review… | August 2, 2003
Top Critic

If you do not bring pride, good taste or sense to this third American Pie installment, you'll have a good time.

Full Review… | August 1, 2003
Washington Post
Top Critic

Dylan delivers a comedy just on the high side of exactly what's expected.

Full Review… | August 1, 2003
USA Today
Top Critic

The franchise's most expensive entry is also its most disappointing.

Full Review… | April 29, 2012
Ultra Culture

It's not as good as the first film, but it's a definite step up from the previous installment.

Full Review… | April 18, 2012
7M Pictures

Another slice of American Pie. Older teens only.

Full Review… | December 21, 2010
Common Sense Media

The "American Pie" franchise throws in another kitchen sink of gross-out sight gags by screenwriter Adam Herz ("American Pie" 1 and 2) in this third, and hopefully final installment, of percolating testosterone commotion.

Full Review… | May 26, 2009

I've been had! People told me this didn't suck!

Full Review… | May 26, 2004

From one funny scene to another, Wedding throws so many laughs at the audience you can barely keep up.

Full Review… | April 7, 2004
IGN Movies

[T]here's a subversive sweetness that runs just beneath the surface of the American Pie movies that makes them nearly impossible to resist.

Full Review… | February 28, 2004

Yes, those arrested adolescents are back for another helping of all-American teen smut.

Full Review… | February 9, 2004

[Seann William] Scott is more than ready for the spotlight, turning out one of the best comedic performances of recent movies.

Full Review… | January 5, 2004
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

Even fans of the first two films may find the proceedings pretty tiresome, but then they made those movies into hits, so anything's possible.

Full Review… | January 2, 2004

Quem poderia imaginar que Stifler se tornaria o centro da série American Pie - e que isso seria uma coisa boa?

December 17, 2003
Cinema em Cena

The well has finally run dry.

Full Review… | November 2, 2003
Broomfield Enterprise

You'd think if you made a third one, you're gonna at least try to make some progress as a filmmaker, even within this limited scope of American Pie.

Full Review… | October 21, 2003
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

Nadia is nowhere to be seen and Stifler never surrenders the spotlight in what is the weakest link of the American Pie series.

Full Review… | September 9, 2003
Radio Free Entertainment

... enjoy the cinematic conclusion of what happens when sexually active teens get to grow up instead of being killed off at summer camp by a maniac slasher.

Full Review… | September 8, 2003

...hopefully there will be more to come; it would be a shame if this really is 'Bye bye, Miss American Pie.'

September 4, 2003
The Badger Herald

It's not that the movie is bad, it just feels awkward and not quite right.

August 31, 2003

One last helping of good, dirty--and surprisingly sweet--fun.

Full Review… | August 20, 2003

It's not often sequels are better than the original but after a disappointing second instalment, writer Adam Herz has saved the best until last.

Full Review… | August 17, 2003
Sunday Times (Australia)

Audience Reviews for American Wedding


The humor is more over-the-top, and the morality is even more real and inspiring. American Wedding is that slice of pie that just as life fulfilling as the first installment. Though the film isn't as powerful as the original it's still a good edition to the American Pie franchise. 4/5The humor is more over-the-top, and the morality is even more real and inspiring. American Wedding is that slice of pie that just as life fulfilling as the first installment. Though the film isn't as powerful as the original it's still a good edition to the American Pie franchise. 4.5/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer


Michelle: Love isn't just a feeling. It's shaving your balls.

"This time they're going all the way."

Like every other American Pie film, American Wedding is just an average comedy. There's many laughs throughout, but I wouldn't call it a great comedy or even good comedy. It's average. There's nothing makes this movie anything more than just another raunch fest. The cast is serviceable as always, but other Stifler and Finch, none of these characters are anything to write home about. 

Jim and Michelle have graduated from college and are now going to get married. All the normal, everything goes wrong gags are at work here. Nobody wants Stifler to be invited to the wedding, but he manages to find a way in. It doesn't help anything either, when Michelle's extremely hot, and virgin sister arrives. Stifler and Finch end up battling for her, while stuff keeps going wrong as the wedding approaches.

There's really not too much to say about this movie. It's decent, but not something I thoroughly enjoyed. It has its moments and should satisfy fans of the previous two films. What made the movie watchable for me was Stifler acting like a good old boy in order to try to get his hands on Michelle's sister. In the end though, this was nothing special and just another addition to the American Pie franchise.

Melvin White

Super Reviewer


The best part of the American Pie films for me has been the relationship between lovable yet geeky horndog Jim and Michelle the band geek who proved she has quite a wild side. First they hooked up at prom, then, in part two they genuinely fell in love.

In this, the third (and for a while, final) film in the series, the film takes the logical route to a story that started with maturation and virginity loss and concludes with Jim proposing marriage to Michelle. What follows, as you might expect, is a zany plot filled to the brim with gross out gags and crude sexual humor, as well as one bad thing after another happening, but all ends well, and, much like the first film, there's a good story here, as well as tons of heart, charm, and sweetness.

Stiffler has never really been my favorite character, but he becomes quite the focus for a lot of the time. The way they handle his character though marks a big turn for him, and he really shows his true colors, even if it means Finch (my favorite) and Kevin take a back seat to helping Jim get through all his problems to come out on top.

The film sees the departure of several significant characters in the series, absent in reality due to scheduling conflicts and difficulties with coming up with good plot lines for them all. It bugs me though, because there's no explanation given within the film for all of this.

Things I liked about this film, aside from a logical story line that people care about, and a good mix of heart to go with the raunch, the casting of the great Fred Willard as Michelle's dad, made even more fun by the fact that he and Eugene Levy together can ham it up as the well meaning and caring, but sometimes embarrassing dads. Seeing Finch and Stiffler trade roles and behavior in order to fight over Michelle's hot little sister (a young January Jones) is good too. The use of two versions (due to licensing issues) of the great Van Morrison song "Into the Mystic" during the big climax is great too.

Overall, the film is a lot of fun and wraps up a good trilogy nicely. It's not perfect, and despite his coming around, there's still too much Stiffler and not enough of Jim's 'real' friends, although, like I said, the way they handle the Stiffler subplot acts works nicely. Oh and of course, you have to throw in John Cho and Jennifer Coolidge for good measure. I enjoyed this film, and think you should give it a shot.

Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

Though I don't like the Stifler character but this was better.

Dead Angel

Super Reviewer

American Wedding Quotes

Paul Finch: Grandmother-fucker. Steve Stifler: Mother fucker. Paul Finch: Yes I am. Steve Stifler: Oh, you son of a bitch.
– Submitted by Lucas M (2 years ago)
Steve Stifler: It's on like Donkey Kong, beeyotch.
– Submitted by Lucas M (2 years ago)
Kevin Myers: [raising a glass to toast] Gentlemen, to the next step... Jim Levenstein: Oh will you stop with that 'next step' bullshit. Paul Finch: Put down your glass.
– Submitted by Lucas M (2 years ago)
Steve Stifler: If you'll excuse me, I have some shit to attend to.
– Submitted by Lucas M (2 years ago)
Steve Stifler: Time for me to boom boom with the bridesmades Finch fucker, cause I'm gonna hang out with my wang... and I'm gonna rock out with my cock out.
– Submitted by Evan T (2 years ago)
Steve Stifler: Gee, thanks for inviting me to the graduation party, fucker.
– Submitted by Evan T (2 years ago)

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