American Wedding

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If fans of the first two "American Pie" films haven't already tired of Steve Stifler (Seann William Scott) and his profanity-laden antics, they will surely grow to hate him after "American Wedding," the third in the series, in which Jim (Jason Biggs) and Michelle (Alyson Hannigan) get married. Let me say this for the third film: At least it's not in 3-D.

Obviously the filmmakers understand this simple principle: A film that is completely out of new ideas can always rely on an f-word spewing, semen-drinking freakazoid to entertain its audience of semi-Neanderthals. Stifler sort of barges his way into Jim and Michelle's wedding party, laying the foundation for the filmmakers to turn to him every time they need a laugh or have a major hole in the plot.

Returning as Jim's friends are Paul Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas), who looks like he had an allergic reaction to a bee sting, and Kevin Myers (Thomas Ian Nicholas). Not returning is Chris Klein, whose lead status in such films as "Rollerball" has apparently made him too expensive for this production. What's the budget, anyway -- free lunch for the cast for the duration of the shoot? Also not returning is Tara Reid, who can no longer get up before noon due to her party schedule.

The basic plot of this film is no different than any of the others: Jim is horribly embarrassed, Jim tries to redeem himself, Stifler shows up to simultaneously help and hinder poor Jim, Stifler eats or drinks something really nasty, Finch sleeps with Stifler's mom, film ends. Here's the thing: The first film wasn't that good. Now they've gone and made a third one. What more is there to say?

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