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21 And Over

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  21 And Over Review
Tookey's Rating
1 /10
Average Rating
3.13 /10
Miles Teller, Skylar Astin, Justin Chon
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Directed by: Jon Lucas, Scott Moore
Written by: Jon Lucas, Scott Moore

Released: 2013
Origin: US
Colour: C
Length: 93

The antithesis of family entertainment.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Its anti-heroes are a foul-mouthed, self-centred drop-out of monumental stupidity (Miles Teller, pictured left) and a high school buddy (Skylar Astin, pictured right) who’s bound for Wall Street despite - or because of - not having a lick of common sense. They rock up to a college campus, where an old school-friend, Jeff Chang (Justin Chon, centre) is having his 21st birthday.

Though his stern father (Francois Chau) suggests an early night, the visitors are bent on treating their friend to a night of drunkenness and debauchery, prior to an early-morning interview for medical school.

Over the course of a night, plenty of things go wrong, none of it humorously. Lowlights include Chang urinating in a crowded bar, vomiting in slow-motion and having a teddy bear superglued to his manhood. He also eats a tampon.

As in The Hangover 2, the underlying assumption is that crude, insensitive behaviour is a good thing. Women exist to be spanked, urinated and vomited upon. Racial minorities are to be insulted and ridiculed. Suicide attempts, shooting loaded firearms and driving while very, very drunk are a hoot.

21 and Over desperately wants to be a gross-out farce in the tradition of The Hangover, Superbad and Bridesmaids. It achieves all of the grossness but none of the humour. 21 and Over is aimed at those with an IQ of 21 or under.

The writer-directors are Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, who got lucky with The Hangover but have also perpetrated such atrocities as Four Christmases, The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past and The Change-Up. This is their worst movie yet, and I can only pray that it will be their last.

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