It’s obnoxious and very funny while also touching on a deeper, darker theme. Its Jeff Chang’s (Justin Chon from Twilight) 21st birthday and his two high-school friends Miller (Miles Teller from Project X) and Casey (Skylar Astin from Pitch Perfect) turn up at his college unannounced to take him out for celebrations.
There’s one problem though - Jeff’s overbearing father has set up a hugely important medical interview for him the next morning at 8 am. Somehow Miller manages to convince Jeff to go out and party, in a very Vince Vaughan incoherent rambling kind of way. And boy does Jeff party.
In a tried and tested lad comedy moment, Jeff manages to aggravate the college jock leader Randy, who reappears throughout the night to cause problems for the lads. Jeff Chang spends most of the night unconscious, but when he does come to, he’s a trouble-making mess.
Mini- spoiler alert: Never before have you seen a vomit scene like this (and you’ll never want to again).
Miller and Casey spend most of the night trying to get Jeff out of trouble and find his address to take him home in time for his big interview. Against the odds, the lads encounter police, stoners, parties and angry Latina sorority in a bid to return Jeff to his bed while uncovering some troubling truths about their friend they’ve grown apart from. Throw in a pretty girl Nicole (Sarah Wright from Parks and Recreation) to mess with Casey’s head and you’ve got a dilemma.
From the makers of The Hangover, 21 and Over is a college night out full of debauchery that will either make you want to go back to college (in America), or make you never want to visit a university campus again, depending how you look at it.
Surprisingly, 21 and Over is also set on sending a heartfelt message: be who you are, not what others want you to be, which is always good advice. Fair play to them for getting in a Disney moment among all the madness. While hitting a nerve on the stresses of college and what it pushes people to do, 21 and Over manages to be both simultaneously hilarious and meaningful (albeit candy-floss meaningful). Don't worry though, it doesn't stop the tone being crude and socially unacceptable.
21 and Over is funny, fun and filled with plenty of shameless antics. If you can keep a straight face throughout this movie, you clearly need a sense of humour implant. A well-cast, hilarious comedy with moments that out-gross and out-cringe even The Hangover.
Catch 21 and Over in a cinema near you on May 3rd.