21 And Over (2013) Movie Review
Released : March 1st, 2013
Reviewed : March 16th, 2013
Genre : Comedy
Story (from IMDB) :
The night before his big medical school exam, a promising student celebrates his 21st birthday with his two best friends.
This is another addition to the “disappointing comedies of 2013” list.
21 And Over follows the tread of hangover like comedies where it’s a group of men going through a crazy night that has become popular in comedies lately. You have three best friends who all get together for the night of one of their 21st birthdays. Of course what ensues is pure chaos, over the top antics, and impossible scenarios. They go from car chase, to party, to rally, and all the normal party movie scenarios. Sadly though what the film lacks is great humor. Many of the situations they get themselves into just aren’t funny.
It doesn’t help either that during the movie they try to add in dramatic scenes and moments. They deal with things like failing / dropping out of school, suicide, parenting, love, and other things that should not try to make their way into the plot of a raunchy comedy. It kills the vibe that they were trying hard to build and almost slows the movie down. That isn’t to say that the comedy slows the film down either because it does. I only found myself laughing now and then with none of the moments being from something hysterical, only a small laugh.
The cast tries their best though. Their friendship seems real for the most part while the only real standout was Skylar Astin who pretty much played a normal guy. He was the guy who had a job and lived a normal life. Miles Teller and Justin Chon as his two best friends were decent but since Chon’s role was acting stupid the entire time he’s easily forgettable.
Overall if you really want to see this just wait for a cheap rental of it. Not worth going out of your way to see.