21 and Over

21 and Over

(2013)

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Post-teen comedy from the writers of The Hangover, following a promising med-student's impromptu 21st that goes wildly out of control the night before his major exam. Stars Justin Chon (Twilight), Skylar Astin (Pitch Perfect) and Miles Teller (Project X).... More

Straight-A college student Jeff Chang (Chon) has always done what’s expected of him. But when his two best friends Casey and Miller (Astin and Teller) surprise him with a visit for his birthday he decides to do the unexpected for a change, even though his critical medical school interview is early the next morning. What was supposed to be one beer becomes one night of chaos, over indulgence and utter debauchery.Hide

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The writers of The Hangover re-team here, adding a debut directorial credit to their screenwriting resumes. But where The Hangover impressed with its anarchic, off-colour humour and the comedic chops and chemistry of its cast, 21 and Over proves light on laughs and likeable leads as well as missing what's so good about the college comedies it at times clearly wants to emulate.... More

The film crams in sorority mishaps, jock bullies, a rampaging bull, run-ins with the law, stoners, nudity, booze, booze, more booze and spew but comes off more like an even milder Harold and Kumar trip through increasingly contrived situations rather than an escalating chaotic crack-up. Gone are the days of comedies like Animal House or Revenge of the Nerds, apparently, where we root for the underdogs. Instead the trio of dudes 21 and Over revolves around are perfectly normal middle class fellows, and as boring as this entails. None bring much more to their role than their respective stereotype (loudmouth, premature grown-up, and, um, Asian), and while in some ways the film can be applauded for not stunt-casting a bunch of famous cameos, the leads’ charisma sorely needs bolstering.

It’s telling that the film’s funniest moments are two lines from an over-enthusiastic jock henchman and a dick joke, both of which arrive in the last ten minutes. Even more so that it leans on unfunny Jew, Asian and sister-banging 'gags' in its opening ten. All up, 21 and Over simply lacks the laughs to hold up the appeal of a dumb comedy.Hide


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  • So slavish in imitating its screenwriters’ big claim to fame that it even ends by teasing a sequel, to which the only sane response is a polite but firm, “Thank you, no.” Full Review

  • This is one of those 93-minute movies that seem about 88 minutes too long. Or not worth making in the first place. Full Review

  • This paean to youthful irresponsibility applies the right crude and rude 'tude to its bulging sack of gags to have the desired effect on its target audience. Full Review

  • The bottom-line on this bottom-baring/bottom-branding farce is “Is it funny, on top of all the shocks?” And yes, it is. On a number of few occasions, all of them involving Jeff Chang. Full Review

  • Neither as subversively fun as last year’s megadestructive "Project X," nor as creative as "The Hangover" (on which these codirectors broke through as screenwriters), this further installment in the millennials-acting-badly genre serves as a distinctly average placeholder. Full Review

  • Promising crude straight-boy humor, but delivering sensitive buddy moments and tons of male nudity, this by-the-numbers gut-buster looks slick, moves fast and packs enough laughs to enliven spring-break receipts and earn its helmers more work. Full Review

  • These guys get into more trouble in one night than members of this film's target audience will encounter in their entire college lives. Full Review

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