21 & Over (2013) {R}

Relativity Media, SkyLand Entertainment, Virgin Produced

Miles Teller, Skylar Astin, Justin Chon, Sarah Wright, Jonathan Keltz, Francois Chau, Russell Hodgkinson, Daniel Booko, Russell Mercado, Josie Loren

It’s the night before Jeff Chang’s (Justin Chon) big interview for admission to medical school. His father Dr. Change (Fran├žois Chau) is very strict and will do him severe bodily harm if he screws it up. But it’s also his 21st birthday, and his friends want to take him out to celebrate. When he refuses, they keep insisting until he finally agrees to go out for one single beer, and then get back home. Naturally it doesn’t work that way, and before you know it, Jeff Chang is drunk out of his mind, and lost. Not lost in that way, but the guys have no idea where he lives or how to get him home. The guys have to figure out where to find him and try to get him back home and sobered up before his interview in the morning. It doesn’t look like that’s going to happen.

This movie is just like Hangover, and Hangover 2, and a dozen other teen drinking and partying movies that have been made. That is the down side of this film. On the other hand, however, it’s got a real fresh cast. This is not the usual players, and they actually do a pretty decent job. I was impressed with the originality in this obviously plagiarized script. I mean, they copy from every other teen gross out movie, Superbad included, but it still was a lot of fun to watch, and kept me interested in the whole film. There are some clever plot devices that actually worked. The levels of the fraternity house has a funny payoff, and was an interesting gag. This may be the most realistic portrayal of “broke college kids” I’ve seen.

Basically, this is a gross, teen, party and puke movie, and nothing much more than that, so be warned that it’s not for everybody. However as far a fun and laughter is concerned, it’s on par with many of the other films of this genre, and is actually a bit more interesting than some of the others I’ve seen. I actually enjoyed it, and would recommend it to anyone who will not be offended by the drinking, potty mouths, and other typical gross out stuff that it had to contain.

EdG – EdsReview Dot Com – A Movie Review Blog

 

 

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