American Wedding (2003)

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With high school a distant memory, Jim and Michelle are getting married — and in a hurry, since Jim's grandmother is sick and wants to see him walk down the aisle — prompting Stifler to throw the ultimate bachelor party. And Jim's dad is reliable as ever, doling out advice no one wants to hear.

"American Wedding" is the third film in the "American Pie" series, following the original motion picture in 1999 and "American Pie 2" in 2001. Released in 2003, this movie, like its predecessors, is a rom-com filled with explicit humor and shenanigans. The movie is directed by Jesse Dylan and primarily fixates the characters Jim and Michelle, who plan to get wed.

Plot Overview
The movie opens with a public accident by Jim Levinstein (Jason Biggs) as he proposes to Michelle Flaherty (Alyson Hannigan) at a fancy restaurant. In spite of the awkward moment, Michelle says yes, marking the start of a brand-new adventure for them. The plot removes from there, focusing on their wedding event preparations and the significant involvement of their eccentric friends.

Characters and Relationships
The primary characters, Jim and Michelle, remain the emotional core of the film, showcasing their love and bond in the middle of the crass comedy. We have Steve Stifler (Seann William Scott), who is the life of the celebration with his distasteful humor and outrageous habits towards ensuring his place in the wedding event. He makes complex things for Jim, and yet, their relationship sustains. Other returning characters are Jim's father (Eugene Levy), who continues to provide possibly uncomfortable but well-meaning sex education for his boy, and Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas), who is still obsessed with Stifler's mother.

The Wedding Preparations
The wedding event preparation procedure in "American Wedding" is filled with great deals of comical situations that include incidents at bachelor parties, the forgetting of the wedding dress and trying to impress Michelle's parents. Stifler, in an extreme character flip, even attempts to represent a sense of class and sophistication to interest Michelle's attractive sister, Cadence (January Jones).

Noteworthy Humorous Subplots
One consistent comedic subplot is the love triangle established by Stifler and Finch as they both vie for Cadence's love, leading to humorous miscommunications. The film also takes on another amusing subplot, the private affair between Finch and Stifler's mom, which continues to be a source of humor and intrigue.

Conclusion of the Film
In spite of Jim's consistent embarrassment and Stifler's shenanigans, the wedding event does happen. The ceremony is held near the coast, and Stifler delivers an unexpectedly sweet speech during the reception. The motion picture concludes on a high note, showing the emotional thread that's running throughout the series-- the bond of relationship and love.

Final Thoughts
"American Wedding" integrates vulgar humor with a few genuine moments to provide an acceptable 3rd installation to the franchise. Although it continues with the explicit funny design, the film adopts a somewhat more fully grown tone, focusing on the styles of love, marriage, and maturing. Yet, at its heart, "American Wedding" stays true to the essence of the American Pie series. It's an outrageous comedy that shows the deep bond amongst a group of good friends browsing their method into the adult years.

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