21 & Over Arrives in Theaters March 1st

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By Liz Lopez

Rating C

Original in story it is not, but writers Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, who also serve as directors and Executive Producers, certainly know how to infuse this story with some humor and plenty of crudeness to boot. Some of the humor is predictable, but other scenes practically take the wind out of you with laughter or dismay if you are not expecting what the characters do. Granted this film is not for everyone because of the R rated scenes, but if the viewer can get past the nudity, I do think they might just enjoy the film starring Miles Teller, Skylar Astin, Justin Chon, Sarah Wright and Dustin Ybarra. If anyone seems to think this film seems very similar to The Hangover, as I did, it is no doubt as Lucas and Moore also wrote the successful 2009 film.

Justin Chon’s performance as Jeff Chang is one of my favorite in the film, showing off his comedic talent after having been part of the Twilight films (2008-2011). I would have never guessed. François Chau, who portrays Jeff’s father in the film, demonstrates his character quite effectively as a determined father who expects his son to complete medical school. In another genre of film, I imagine Chau can look at someone with his steely eyes and let them know he can swiftly break anyone in two.

Although he has a small role, actor/comedian/writer former Texan, Dustin Ybarra, portrays PJ Brill who is in charge of one of the outrageous parties on campus. Scantilly dressed and with his wild hair, he does an excellent portrayal of his character.

Jeff’s two best friends from high school, Casey [Astin] and Miller [Teller] show up unannounced at Jeff’s place to surprise him for his 21st birthday. The viewer knows instantly that agreeing to only “one beer” is not going to happen after Miller refuses to take “no” for an answer. What surprises me in some of the scenes is how the city police were nowhere to be found while the trio run from bar to bar, nor the campus police when all of the chaos ensues with the parties going on all night, according to the time mentioned by Casey and Miller in the film. Law enforcement does not appear in the film until about ¾ of the way into the story. Oh well, it is a Hollywood creation and there are few characters who have any consequences to pay as a result of their actions.

I dislike the way the Latina sorority is depicted in this film, and won’t say much here so as not to give away much of the film, but this screenplay mocks just about everyone. It is not my cup of tea, but regardless of my opinion, I have no doubt this film will have hoards of fans heading to the theater when it opens on Friday, March 1, 2013.

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Source: Relativity

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