‘21 & Over’ needs to growup
Published: Thursday, March 7, 2013
Updated: Thursday, March 7, 2013 16:03
Twenty-one is the age where a person feels reborn again and feels like they can do whatever he or she wants without parental consent. Walk up to a bouncer and flaunt an ID to prove how much of a grown-up he or she is. Get so drunk to the point of dancing on top of bar tables, jumping on cars, eating tampons, throwing up, and then passing out. Yeah, that sounds like a plan.
Mandeville Films present “21 and Over,” a film about Jeff Chang (Justin Chon) who has turned 21-years-old. His friends, Miller and Casey, who are played by Miles Teller and Skylar Astin surprise Jeff to celebrate his birthday.
The film was written and directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore who also wrote “The Hangover.” “The Hangover Part II” was released in 2010 and there are already plans in motion to film a part three.
Unfortunately, Jeff can’t party hard like a rock star because he has a big interview the next day that could decide his future. The plan was only one drink and then go straight back home, but one drink turns into a big party for Jeff.
The objective is for Miller and Casey to get Jeff back home before his interview the next morning. It’s kind of hard to do that while carrying dead weight around the whole night. Plus, Miller and Casey are like morning and night.
It’s obvious to know how the night turned out. This is a typical house party movie that involves a bunch of drunken students, who act crazy while the music is pumped up loud and somehow manages to break something. This film was a repetitive crazy night of the norm.
However, it was refreshing to know that the main character wasn’t the typical black or white actor but rather an Asian actor, but that still isn’t a good excuse for the way the movie turned out. Yes, friendships were mended, sort of. Jeff Chang had secrets he was keeping from his friends that made him sound like a criminal. But even though this isn’t the main point of the movie it still makes the audience wonder.
All in all, the film was a stereotypical crazy affair.
I would give this movie a C+ rating. Overall, the purpose was delivered and it was funny on occasions. However, it’s what you would expect from an R-rated comedy involving college students and alcohol. The events weren’t typical, but the outcome of stupidity was evident.