Friday, 8 March 2013

21 and Over review

Cast: Miles Teller, Skylar Astin, Justin Chon, Sarah Wright

Direction: Jon Lucas, Scott Moore

Genre: Comedy

Duration: 1 hour 32 minutes

Story: During school, Miller, Casey and Jeff Chang were inseparable. Over time, they drift apart. Miller and Casey show up at Jeff's on his 21st birthday, just before his big medical interview, insisting on a night of debauchery, promising to sober Jeff up in time. Easier said than done?

Movie Review: Buddy flicks run by a formula you can more-or-less sleepwalk through. One irresponsible friend (Miles Teller as Miller), one a plays-it-safe type (Skylar Astin as Casey) and lastly, the guy who has everything going for him but gets the most wasted (Justin Chon as Jeff Chang).

Two directors to helm this tripe? Would seem a bit excessive to anyone, but no, Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, with writing credits for Hangover and Hangover 2 and several other bearable buddy flicks, aim to displease. They make no bones about running through the whole gamut of cliches, puking naked, high and screaming. There's enough in this film to make you want to lock up or chaperone your impressionable children, than any film in this genre.

Pointlessness seems to be the guiding light for everyone associated with this film. And there's a preachy message here somewhere, tossed about in this mix for good measure. And if your friends still insist on dragging you for this one, you're better off with enemies.

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