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American Wedding - Preview

Preview by: Jack Foley

HAVING successfully come of age (or is that cum of age?), the American Pie team now invite you to a very special occasion - an American Wedding.

The third film in the series finds Jason Biggs' Jim and Alyson Hannigan's Michelle ('this one time, at band camp'!) heading down the aisle, in a bid to get serious and, well, grow up.

The 'I do's', however, don't come until the end of the movie, allowing plenty of time for pre-nuptial pranks galore, especially on stag/hen nights - and with friends like Jim's, what could possibly go wrong?

American Wedding comes a little lighter than previous AP movies, given that about half of the cast has been shed. Gone is the loved-up likes of Chris Klein and Mena Suvari, as well as Natasha Lyonne, Tara Reid and, rather more regrettably, Shannon Elizabeth's sex-crazed foreigner.

But Seann William Scott is back, as Stifler, as is the real comedian of the piece - Eugene Levy, as Jim's father, who, according to some articles, completes a series hat-trick by interrupting another of his son's orgasms (although how, we're not revealing just yet!).

Also back is Eddie Kaye Thomas, as Finch, who finds himself competing with Stifler for the affections of Michelle's hot sister, Cadence (January Jones), while organising the debauchery intended for Jim's stag do (complete with the obligatory strippers).

However, having sworn, at the end of American Pie 2 that there would be no third film in the series, it took some persuading for some of the cast members to come back.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Scott recalls: ''My agent said, 'I know you're not going to do it, but just read it'.

''I read it and I was so angry that a lot of the funniest lines were in the third. I was like, 'Why wasn't this in the second?'''

Scott ultimately agreed to reprise his role, in exchange for the opportunity to set up a production company at Universal, which is intended to further progress his career path - the actor has already branched out into the action genre with roles in films such as the recent Bulletproof Monk and the upcoming Welcome to the Jungle, alongside The Rock and Christopher Walken.

He added: ''I thought, I haven't done a comedy in, like, a year, so if I was going to go back and do a comedy, why not go back to the part that started it all off for me?''

On directing duty is the music-video veteran, Jesse Dylan (son of Bob), who previously directed the Method Man/Redman comedy, How High.

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