Posted on 3/01/13 01:25 AM
If 21 And Over says anything it's either that
1: Hangover writers Jon Lucas and Scott Moore weren't the reason it was an instant classic
2: The Hangover writers just got lucky and laid a golden egg
Either way you slice it, 21 And Over is a movie that hits more than it misses, but still doesn't even break the shackles of mediocrity. Jeff Chang has an important interview regarding medical school the following day of his 21st Birthday. Instead of postponing the drunken shenanigans and debauchery , his two unlikable friends Miller and Casey push Jeff into a night of events that feel like they were rejected ideas from The Hangover recycled from the trash.
The movie isn't all bad though. It just contains one of the largest dichotomies I've ever seen between comedy and cringeworthy content. To give you an idea, the cast continuously refers to Jeff by his full name Jeff Chang. Am I supposed to laugh because I'm watching an Asian named Chang? There's also a scene where he urinates on a crowded group from atop the bar counter. Contrast that with scenes of our trio breaking into a sorority house or unintentionally causing a bull to wreck a party. Those scenes are genuinely funny and have a sense of creativity to them.
There's also a pseudo-mystery subplot going on regarding Jeff that is fairly intriguing but it ultimately leads nowhere. I have to admit though that my suspicions of where this subplot were headed didn't pan out which is actually a relief.
Overall , 21 And Over is a funny enough flick that wants to desperately capture the magic of The Hangover but ultimately comes up short. It is easily worth a Redbox rental for anyone interested.