’21 and Over’ Movie Review – The Hangover College Edition
21 and Over is the latest comedy from the writers of The Hangover, Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, who also take their first foray into directing. The movie follows two friends, Casey (Skylar Astin) and Miller (Miles Teller) who surprise their other friend straight-A college student Jeff Chang (Justin Chon) on his 21st birthday. They of course have a special night planned out for him, however Jeff Chang is a little reticent at first seeing as he has a very important medical school interview the next morning. However, with a little convincing and the help of an air horn, Jeff Chang decides to go out for one beer… right. Instead the night turns into a series of chaos, misunderstandings, debauchery, spanking and socks…
While 21 and Over feels a bit like The Hangover, I would say that it’s a mix between that and the feel of comedies like Road Trip and EuroTrip, without the trip. It really could have gone either way, but 21 and Over ended up being very entertaining. It’s not The Hangover good, but you’ll definitely have a good time watching and is a great entertainment after a long week.
With movies like these, the chemistry between the leads is always the most important thing and Astin, Teller and Chon work really well together. They captured the feel of friends growing apart but who have history really well and I think that’s why you’re rooting for them throughout the night.
Of course, with comedies like these you always get some absurd scenes and characters, but that’s what makes them so much fun to watch. The opening scene alone is worth watching and made even better once you get the whole backstory.
I enjoyed myself more than I had expected and it all cumulated to a perfect ending.
So if you’re in the mood for some laughs and a crazy night, how about you join the guys from 21 and Over for an hour and a half, it might put you in the right mood for some partying. And if nothing else you might get some inspiration for your next massive party (you’ll understand once you see the movie).
21 and Over is out in theaters today, March 1st. You can watch the trailer here if you haven’t see it yet.