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When Straight-A college student Jeff Chang's two best friends take him out for his 21st birthday on the night before an important medical school interview, what was supposed to be a quick beer becomes a night of humiliation, over indulgence and utter debauchery. Written by
Old friends reunite. Drinking. Drugs. Conflicts arise. Mature character. Asshole character. Neutral character. Crazy night where nothing goes right. Mature character meets girl who has boyfriend. Boyfriend does not like mature character. More crazy. Mature character and ass-hole character do not get along and fight. They must join forces to end conflicts. Mature character and girl engage in a boring romance. Everything magically falls into place so that conflict is solved. All characters somehow connect because it is convenient for the script. Everyone is friends again.
Were you bored reading that? Good. Because I was bored writing that. So why did I? To prove a point. I am usually against the use of spoilers in a review, and I am going to avoid them as much as I can, but damn, you can watch a trailer of this movie, and know exactly where it was going. You can tell what happens, what conflicts arise, and you know a scene will exist where the characters get into a fight, hate each-other, but than have to team up to save the day. Just like how even if a romance is kind of odd, and conveniently placed, it is just clearly a thrown in, just for the sake of being in a comedy movie structure.
And that comedy movie structure is where the problem lies. Are we not sick of that predictable formula? Ever since I was a kid, comedies have been built in that way and I remember even complaining about it back than. These days, a few films do exist that find ways of avoiding that cliché style, but others still make full use of it. Even a film I actually really enjoyed such as 2012′s "Ted" followed it to an extent, but still managed to have a bunch of new tricks to retain its awesomeness.
21 & Over failed to do so. This is because not only was it predictable, and most of the content brought back memories of other films, which did the same scenarios perhaps even better, it also failed to bring many laughs. I sat through it with a straight face through the majority of the film's run time, and that is a problem. I laugh a lot. I laugh at extremely stupid things. I laugh at things most people will look at me and call me extremely stupid for laughing at.
This was the directing debut of Scott Moore and John Lucas, the men responsible for the screen-writing of the original Hangover. The comedy centered tag team wrote this film along with the directing, which makes me feel bad for bashing something they may have been very proud of. I want to make it clear that I am not bashing them, and think they are talented in what they do. The original "Hangover" was a fun movie. This one, well, just fell a little bit short.
I feel like I have already dived into the plot enough with my generic sum-up, but a brief overview is that the three main characters reunite to celebrate a birthday. Miller (Miles Teller) and Casey (Skylar Austin) surprise old friend Jeff Chang (Justin Chon) by showing up at his doorstep. It is Chang's 21st, so they want a night out in the town like the good old days. Chang has an important meeting in the morning in order to secure a career as a doctor, thus his strict father, Dr. Chang (Francois Chau), advises his son not to go out. Of course, orders are not followed, and the drinking gets out of hand, leading to the films conflicts.
Another issue that I had with this film, is that Miles Teller has a lot of potential, and he could have been hilarious with the proper script or dialogue. The acting in this film from the three leads was not a low point. Some of the other actors seemed a bit off, but with the silliness of the script, it was possibly purposely overacted.
With so many other movies available to watch, and at your disposal, be it through DVD, Netflix, or a trip to the movie theater, I just can not justify recommending this flick. You have seen it all before, countless times, and the laughs are not present this time around.
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