March 10, 2013

21 and Over

The guy from Pitch Perfect, the guy from the Footloose remake, and the guy from the Twilight, although since I really don't watch Twilight, I know him more as the YouTube celebrity. 21 and Over put these three together and I instantly became interested, especially since it's a comedy film. Sure there are new other releases here like the Oz and Dead Man Down, but I know I'd watch those sooner or later; so when I got a friend asking if I wanted to see 21 and over I was on board. I actually read the negative reviews about the movie but I've never been one to be swayed by reviews so I thought I still better check it out.

21 and Over is an insane movie. I haven't decided yet if it's a good kind or a bad kind, but I'm guessing I'm gonna end up thinking it's the former. It's a fun, crazy film. Since I am an advocate of fun and crazy films, I naturally enjoyed watching 21 and Over. The comparison to The Hangover was warranted, I think. It really did resemble a Hangover vibe, and even the story line was identical to the hit franchise. There's a group of friends who got so wasted they're now trying to get one of the friends to an important appointment to not ruin his future life. Sounds familiar? Yeah, I'm sure. But who cares. While the plot line was formulaic, there was nothing calculated about the quality of entertainment the movie had to offer. Let me be clear on this though, it's definitely not a movie you'd want to bring your kids to. This movie was made for adults, who are open-minded liberals (as redundant as that sounds) and fun loving people. Definitely the same market as the Hangover.

Speaking of Hangover, I really think Justin Chon is the younger Ken Jeong. Probably their characters were just similar but I got the Ken Jeong vibe out of him. Same level of hilarity too. Skylar Astin and Miles Teller played very different characters from the ones I've seen them do. That was a good thing to see, shows versatility. Nice to know they can really do good in a comedy film as well, especially one as raunchy and wild as this. I think the writers did well in creating a diverse pool of characters, reinforcing, while breaking at the same time, stereotypical notions.

While it's similar to Hangover, I think we should all give credit to 21 and Over as an individual film. It's a comedy film that can stand on its own. Not everyone would like it, some might even find it disgusting. But at the end of the day, the goal of this film is to make people laugh, and it definitely had the capacity to do that. It got some crazy ideas put to motion by three very competent stars. It's entertaining, funny and extremely hilarious for some parts. It's a crazy ride, and viewers must just sit back, and enjoy the adventure. Let the movie take the wheel and be assured that there's laughter awaiting at the end of the road.

This is a short review. All you need to know is that I was laughing so hard while watching the movie. It was great as long as you remember that the main objective is to have fun and be entertained. If you think the line for Oz is too long, remember there are other movies to see.

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