21 & Over Movie Review

21 & Over 21 and over

 

Starring: Miles Teller, Skylar Astin, Juston Chon, Sarah Wright, Francois Chau

 

 

Directed by Jon Lucas & Scott Moore

 

Rated: R

Run Time: 93 mins

Genre: Comedy

 

 

Opens March 1st

 

By Lisa Minzey of The Reel Critic.com

 

Another film we checked out this week was the raunchy new comedy from the writers of “The Hangover” & “The Hangover II”, called “21& Over”. College years can be crazy enough, but can it top these guy’s night?

After high school, most friends go their separate ways, going to different colleges or entering the workforce. What brings them together are the significant moments in each other’s lives, such as turning 21.  When it was Jeff Chang’s (Justin Chon) birthday, friends Miller (Miles Teller) and Randy (Jonathan Keltz) decided to go up to his school, Northern Pacific University to surprise him, taking him out for his “power hour”.  When the guys arrive, Jeff is surprised to see them, but the timing couldn’t be worse.  Jeff’s father was also there to supervise and accompany his son on his interview to get into medical school. Mr. Chang is a scary guy and the boys are all scared to death of crossing him, so taking Jeff Chang out may be a challenge for Miller and Randy.  Jeff refuses to go out with the guys, but the boys assure that they will get one drink and be home early. Miller coerces Jeff Chang into going out and they end up having too much fun. Jeff Chang ends up passing out, leaving Miller and Randy clueless on how to get Jeff home.

In an effort to get their friend home, the boys back track through the various leads they find to attempt to get their friend home.  The task is not easy as they encounter crazy Latino sorority girls, evil male cheerleaders, an insane pep rally and the parties of all parties to get their friend home before his interview.  Will they make it time or will they totally wreck their friend’s chances for getting into med school?

What could be considered as a college version of the movie “The Hangover” mixed with “Animal House”, the comedy is taken to new and more juvenile and crude levels. Although there is quite a bit of nudity, it is tastefully concealed (to a pint), but is flanked by vulgarity, racist jokes and unrealistic aspirations that today’s generation is constantly bombarded with. The film took a page out of a 15 year-old boy’s journal and made it the plot.  That’s not to say that it wasn’t funny; it was, but some scenes were unnecessary in the way the filmed flowed making it choppy in some points and ridiculous to watch. If you’re looking for some cheap laughs, check out “21& Over” when it opens in theaters starting Friday March 1, 2013.