American Wedding

Metascore
43

Mixed or average reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 34
  2. Negative: 9 out of 34

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  1. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    80
    The funny stuff continues for a quite satisfying conclusion during the wedding prep and ceremonies, which Stifler single-handedly transforms into his own personal gross-out comedy masterpiece.
  2. If you do not bring pride, good taste or sense to this third American Pie installment, you'll have a good time.
  3. 80
    The movie is enormously, convulsively funny, and it never lets up -- it has no shame.
  4. Speaking personally, I wouldn't voluntarily go to this flick. But for those with a greater gross-out threshold, it's a better film than anyone should normally expect in this genre.
  5. 75
    So tasteless, so fiendishly puerile that it’s hilarious.
  6. 75
    Although the movie cheerfully offends all civilized notions of taste, decorum, manners and hygiene, it has a sweetness that is impossible to discount, and it is often very funny.
  7. 70
    Combining raunchiness and sweetness in a slapdash but generally effective manner.
  8. It's often helplessly hilarious in its adolescent gross-out way, yet the cast periodically invests the film with sweetness.
  9. This isn't really a narrative: It's a collection of mostly unrelated scenes, about half of which pay off.
  10. 63
    This movie is a vast improvement over the tired and uninspired "American Pie 2," although it fails to make it to the lofty perch occupied by the first film.
  11. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    63
    Spotty and uneven, Wedding shouldn't even have the embarrassed guffaws it has, and it probably wouldn't were it not for a robust cast.
  12. Is this sophisticated humor? No. But it is pretty entertaining.
  13. 60
    Works because it pays tribute to these characters. I knew that American Wedding couldn’t be as funny as "American Pie 2" just as that film wasn’t as funny as "American Pie."
  14. The familiar formula feels significantly watered-down the third time around.
  15. There are a couple of surprises in the I-can't-believe-they're-doing-this vein, but mostly, "Pie 3" is an aimless charade of doggy poo, latex breasts and really, really bad language.
  16. 50
    Best of all, though, is Seann William Scott as the profoundly annoying, profoundly vulgar Stifler.
  17. Against all odds, the American Pie movies have actually gotten a little better each time out, though that's certainly not to say that they're, uhhh, "masterpieces."
  18. Reviewed by: David Ng
    50
    The deliriously overacting Scott is game for anything, too much really, but as a one-man army against the tide of Z100-scored banality, he's the closest thing the movie has to a savior.
  19. 50
    Some gut-busting moments, but for the most part the thrill is gone.
  20. Junk this is and ever was, but this is well-acted junk.
  21. 50
    Its commendable, if juvenile, sense of erogenous adventure is sullied by bland technique, canned suburban punk music, and the fact that all the exploration does amount to maturer characters.
  22. A gagfest that makes viewers gag at least twice as often as they giggle, American Wedding -- third in the American Pie trilogy -- whipsaws the audience between gross-out and guffaw.
  23. There's much more than a little Stifler here. Still, there's a recklessness to the character, as well as Scott's performance, that almost engenders respect; he's so determinedly unregenerate, so outrageously lewd, so unrelentingly grating, one almost looks forward to seeing just how far he'll go.
  24. 50
    Screenwriter Adam Herz is calling this third installment the last, and not a moment too soon: his characters have grown up, but his gags are still trying to graduate from high school.
  25. 40
    Suffers from a lack of good gags. That’s not to say there aren’t scads of chuckles scattered throughout – Dylan and his cast are nothing if not gluttons for the fast and cheap yuk (not to mention yuck) – but the howls of laughter that arose from Paul and Chris Weitz’s original slice of Pie just aren’t there.
  26. The crass sentimentality of American Wedding increasingly fits Norman Mailer's definition: "the emotional promiscuity of the basically unemotional." The jokes are unemotional, uncouth and mostly unfunny.
  27. Scott's energy helps keep the movie going during its sluggish moments and animates its few bright spots, including a pleasurably dumb showdown on the dance floor of a gay bar.
  28. Whatever novelty this series ever possessed has gone down the proverbial tube. The actors are on autopilot, and Adam Herz's screenplay panders to its immature target audience so cravenly and relentlessly that it verges on incompetence.
  29. The strain and desperation are apparent from the first scene.
  30. 25
    This third hunk of Pie is a worn-out gross-out, a remnant of a genre that now seems so five minutes ago.
  31. The third helping of ''American Pie'' offers little more than crumbs. Half the franchise's core cast (including Mena Suvari, Chris Klein, and Tara Reid) chose to skip the big fat geek wedding.
  32. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    10
    A gross-out saga that sentient adults should avoid like the plague.
  33. 10
    For sheer ineptitude, crassness and unwatchability, American Wedding takes the cake.
  34. 10
    You'll see better film on ponds.
User Score
6.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 114 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 38
  2. Negative: 5 out of 38
  1. KaseyS.
    Mar 29, 2008
    8
    American Wedding is definitely a worthy addition to the American Pie series. One of those movies you can watch several times and still laugh.
  2. JobA.
    Sep 6, 2005
    9
    This movie had me laughing so hard that I could barely breath at times.Stiffler is the man in this movie! Hilarious!!
  3. Nov 24, 2010
    10
    THIS MOVIE WAS SOSOSOSO FUNNY! In the beginning, you might think that this movie is going to really suck, but it won't. In the middle, it getsTHIS MOVIE WAS SOSOSOSO FUNNY! In the beginning, you might think that this movie is going to really suck, but it won't. In the middle, it gets really funny. Full Review »