August 11, 2003 12:00 PM

Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Eugene Levy, Seann William Scott

Within the first 10 minutes of this shamefully lame third chapter in the American Pie series, Biggs’s character winds up the butt of leering jokes—literally, as in being minus his trousers, with his bone-pale derriere catching a breeze. And it isn’t the last glimpse of that particular asset to which viewers are treated.

Such use of rear ends is not justified by the means in this nitwit comedy. There was a sweetness to the first 1999 Pie that made it, though crude, endearing. That saving grace was missing from the 2001 sequel, and it fails to resurface in American Wedding. In chronicling the mishaps that occur as recent college grads Jim (Biggs) and Michelle (Hannigan) approach their wedding day, the movie is an extended gross-out joke. Biggs and Hannigan are stuck replaying variations on scenes from the earlier films, as are Levy as Jim’s dad and Scott as his randy pal Stifler, though this time Stifler’s obnoxiousness borders on the psychopathic. (R)

BOTTOM LINE: Pass on this leftover slice of American Pie

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