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Jon Lucas & Scott Moore
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When a Straight-A college student's two best friends surprise him with a visit, what was supposed to be one beer becomes one night of chaos, over indulgence and utter debauchery in this outrageous comedy.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 98
- Fresh: 27
- Rotten: 71
- Average Rating: 4.1/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: These guys get into more trouble in one night than members of this film's target audience will encounter in their entire college lives.
Rotten: 21 and Over is pretty much for people with an IQ of 21 and under.
Rotten: A cynical college-age "Hangover" redo with far, far fewer fully developed characters or inventive adventures. (And that's saying something.)
Rotten: Among the ingredients "21" is missing: the infectiously random silliness of a Zach Galifianakis, the smug hunkiness of a Bradley Cooper, and any sort of Vegas-y gloss whatsoever.
A PREDICTABLE PARTY FLICK WITH A FEW FUN LAUGHS
What do you get when you take the "three-dumb-guys-getting-plastered-during-one-wild-night" premise of "The Hangover" franchise and set it on a college campus? You get "21 & Over," a raunchy teen comedy full of all the escalating mayhem and over-the-top violence you'd expect from such a film. Unfortunately, there's not a whole lot that sets it apart from the other flicks in its genre, which isn't a big surprise, seeing as how the writers here also penned the script for (you guessed it) "The Hangover." The narrative structure, the characters, and even some of the gags have pretty much all stayed the same, which, in this case, isn't exactly a good thing. Though on the bright side, the stars can be absolute laugh riots given the right jokes and timing. Plus, just about everyone in the cast is fun and energetic enough to make the crazy events of the film worth watching. So even taking its serious issues into account, "21 & Over" is still quite entertaining, at least when it doesn't try so desperately hard to be funny. Our story focuses on a couple of guys named Miller and Casey (Miles Teller and Skylar Astin) who head to Seattle to help their best buddy Jeff (Justin Chon) celebrate his 21st birthday in drunken style. But Jeff's medical school interview is scheduled for the next morning, and his extremely overbearing father (François Chau) is too terrifying to stand up to. So they decide to sneak out for a single drink. And it isn't long before the night suddenly spirals into an insane, psychotic blur of adventures involving a furious sorority house, the university's mascot buffalo, and the tough-talking boyfriend (Jonathan Keltz) of a cheerleader (Sarah Wright) who catches Casey's eye. This plot hinges on the fact that Jeff is so mindlessly drunk that he's pretty much incapable of telling Miller and Casey where he lives, so they must enter into a series of wild challenges in order to find his address. None of this makes even the slightest bit of sense, especially as things escalate to a crazy frat house party with eight levels of contests, but I guess that's just what suspension of disbelief is for. Of course, our three heroes have secrets of their own that reveal themselves along the way, stretching their friendship and providing some badly needed character-based comedy and drama. This also lets Teller, Astin, and Chon star in a few snappy, enjoyable scenes together, as their witty comedic dialogue briefly interrupts the rampant idiocy happening elsewhere. They're all essentially drunken morons, but they still remain likable even as the filmmakers constantly strain to make us laugh at them in each scene. Directors Jon Lucas and Scott Moore just indulge in every single cliché known to the genre, from the big tacked-on romance to the sudden discovery of a gun in a pocket. And the biggest gross-out moments are all presented in "glorious" stop-motion, as if that somehow makes them amusing to begin with. But I digress. At the end of the day, it may just be nothing more than a "college" version of "The Hangover," but "21 & Over" still manages to hit some high marks with its entertaining cast, wild antics, and surprisingly endearing message about friendship. Sure, the script is generic and predictable, and so are most of the characters, but thanks to a fun sense of raucousness that breathes some life into the otherwise trashy and inconsistent humor, it's a rather enjoyable way to pass the time. The bottom line is this: Unless you're a huge fan of over-the-top teen comedies like "Superbad" and "Project X," it's probably for the best to skip this one. But if you're simply in the mood to shut your brain off for a while and watch some chaotic debauchery take place, it's at least worth a one-time rent.
Best line ever
" she just wasn't my type"
"What us your type?"
"Girls that wanna have sex with me"
I would DEFINATLY recommend!
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- Released: 2013
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