Review: ’21 and Over’ Adds Some Depth to Slapstick

Monday, March 4-

From the moment of this movie’s conception, the comparisons to “The Hangover” were inevitable. All the comparisons aside, “21 and Over” did a grand job of delivering a smart, quick paced storyline with consistent material and great characters.

If anything the whole drunken, incredible escapades sincerely belong with three drunken college kids and not four middle-aged, down on their luck bachelors.

The comedy follows an odd couple pairing, Skylar Astin’s straight-and-narrow Casey and Miles Teller’s wild and offensive Miller, as they desperately try and get their friend home in time for an interview.

Teller does a great job as the underwhelmed genius with street-smart cracks and racist affronts while Astin’s naturally charismatic attitude makes the “uptight worker drone“ act hard to sell. That said, the said charm works perfectly in the movie in a typecast-forming sort of way.

A round of applause—whether begrudgingly or not—is due to all three gentlemen for their sense of adventure whilst making this flick; they bared enough skin to rival Lena Dunham and threw vanity to the wind.

The storyline of the film is also surprisingly dynamic. A solid theme of the movie is sentimentality and uncertainty. Three friends’ struggle to deal with the reality of lost friendship and the horrors of entering real life complement the absurdity of breaking into sorority houses and bar hopping until oblivion. That being said it can be argued that a solid portion of the movie relies on stereotypes.

A primary issue and antagonist of the movie, for example, is the stereotypical Asian father hell-bent on seeing his first born become a doctor regardless of his son’s feelings. Luckily, this issue is given more depth than would be expected in a slapstick comedy.

Overall, this movie does a fantastic job of maintaining Astin’s current presence in Hollywood and boosting Teller’s climb to prominence.

 

-Maddie Ptacin

Staff Writer

The Prowl