Don’t say bye to "American Pie’ sequel
“American Wedding” sets its tone immediately with a scene that makes Meg Ryan’s orgasmic meal in “When Harry Met Sally” look like tea time with grandma.
The third sequel to “American Pie” takes the most hysterical, raunchy and riveting scenes in a handful of hit movies, twists them in a way only the sweet, sophomoric sequels can and injects (or, more appropriately, ejaculates) raw sex jokes and antics.
And that’s just the foreplay.
As the movie revs up, it takes the memorable Baby Ruth-in-the-pool scene from “Caddyshack” and ups the ante – into a gut-wrenching act by the Stifmeister himself (Seann William Scott).
There aren’t many movies that can make a packed theater roar with laughter over and over again. But, “American Wedding” had rows of moviegoers lurching forward in belly-splitting laughter.
I was never a fan of stupid sex movies like “Porky’s” that seem to exist solely for the purpose of showing silicone breasts and packing as many animalistic acts directors can slide into an R – or worse yet, a PG-13 – rating.
But the “American Pie” movies are slightly different. Since the first installment, I’ve walked in expecting to be disgusted, but within minutes, I’ve ended up laughing like a junior high girl at a slumber party. Austin Powers and “Something About Mary” have had the same effect on me.
What makes the “American Pie” movies different from garbage like “Porky’s” are the characters. Beneath all of the immature, obnoxious, hormonally charged words and acts, the characters possess a charming innocence. They’re simply experiencing – and experimenting with – sexuality, and they’re bold enough to put it out there.
Jim’s dad (Eugene Levy) is endearing with his deadpan approach to his all-too-honest sex talks with his son. Jim’s love for Michelle (Alyson Hannigan) is sweet and sincere as he sneaks off to Chicago to obtain Michelle’s dream wedding dress. Of course, in typical “American Pie” fashion, Jim’s innocent, well-intentioned act turns into one of the funniest scenes in the movie, starring Stifmeister in a retro-hit dance showdown in a gay bar.
After all of the hot-and-heavy adolescent humor, the movie manages to show character growth and a sweet love – making me hope Jim and Michelle don’t have to appear in sequels called “American Affair” and “American Divorce.”
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