High school buddies reunited for a friends 21st birthday, “21 & Over” is another attempt at teen/young adult humor in the college setting.
Jeff Chang (Justin Chon) is surprised by two of his best friends from high school to celebrate his newly obtained, legal drinking abilities. What could possibly go wrong? The only problem for Jeff Chang is that he has a very important interview in the morning that his father got for him. However his friend Miller (Miles Teller) is able to convince him to come out for “just one drink” through creative way of threat. The guys go out for that “one drink”, and several bars later, Jeff Chang is trashed, and his friends can’t remember where he lives.
Evaluation: It reminds me of all the other similar college or party based movies such as “American Pie”, “Project X”, “Revenge of the Nerds”, and many, MANY others. All of these movies may be different, but they give off the same vibe, generally speaking. I like all of these though because I like the feeling I get from watching them, and they are created just differently enough to set themselves apart from one another.
Of the films I listed though, “21 & Over” would be my least favorite. My liking for these kinds of movies declines with each new one that I see. The humor is practically the same, the drinking is the same, and the encounters always include a hot girl, band of bullies, and some other “strange” characters. And because of how comparable each movie like this is, (to all of it’s predecessor genre’d films) we start to lose interest.
So, the bottom line is that you will either like this or not, based on whether or not you like college based humor movies. I would also compare this to “Harold and Kumar” because of the main journey and all of the stops and adventures along the way. All you have to determine now, is whether or not this is your “cup of tea”.
Total Abstract Rating: 75% Personally, I’ve watched it twice, but it’s a love or hate kind of film with not much originality.