Cert: 15 Runtime: 93 mins Director: Jon Lucas & Scott Moore Cast: Justin Chon, Miles Teller, Sarah Wright and Skylar Astin
Blackout the date
If the “The Hangover” and “Project X” were fused together to make one new film, the result would be “21 and Over.” From the same writers of the Hangover, Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, “21 and Over” is a film that taps into the college demographic by concentrating on some of the issues that affect a lot of students throughout the United States — binge drinking, beer pong games, sex and parties.Our story immediately breeds contempt with his familiarity; two collegian friends named Miller (Miles Teller) and Casey (Skylar Astin) decide to pick up their friend Jeff Chang (Justin Chon) to party on his twenty-first birthday. Jeff Chang has an important medical interview the following day, and tells his friends that he can’t party, but they don’t listen and force him to live up his birthday with them. When Jeff Chang gets so drunk and incoherent that he can’t stand up straight, Miller and Casey carry him around town, haplessly, Weekend at Bernie’s-style, searching for his house in order to get him ready for his interview in a few hours.
Aside from Justin Chon, who seems like an actor that can be capable in a role if he wasn’t playing dead for two-thirds of the movie, no one seems to truly be inspired by this material.But, again, how could they? This kind of script leaves almost nothing notable in terms of influence, subject, characters, or events. It’s the kind of film young actors use as their breakout role. If there’s any positivity in this film, it’s that, hopefully, the young stars here are welcomed to more efficient projects that do not capitalize off of senseless debauchery.Finally, do I need to make note of how degrading this film is to both sexes? It’s not as hopelessly nihilistic as Project X, per say, but it’s definitely not as spirited as one would hope. The men are chauvinistic, self-centered dogs, motivated by sex, popularity, and hormonal lust, while the women are no better than the size of their breasts and buttocks. This film really is The Hangover for fifteen year olds.