When Straight-A college student Jeff Chang’s two best friends take him out for his 21st birthday on the night before an important medical school interview, what was supposed to be a quick beer becomes a night of humiliation, over indulgence and utter debauchery.
Film informationGenre: Comedy
- San Francisco Chronicle - by Peter Hartlaub
Writer-directors Jon Lucas and Scott Moore find a nice balance between the over-the-top high jinks and an emotional core, which unexpectedly crystallizes relatively late in the movie. ...read more
- The Hollywood Reporter - by Todd McCarthy
This paean to youthful irresponsibility applies the right crude and rude 'tude to its bulging sack of gags to have the desired effect on its target audience. ...read more
- Austin Chronicle - by Kimberley Jones
Lucas and Moore aren’t savvy enough, or brave enough, to truly plumb the gallows humor embedded in their premise. ...read more
- The Globe and Mail (Toronto) - by Rick Groen
Certainty, then, is the watchword, and you can be certain of three things: There will be plenty of juvenile energy to power the vehicle; there will be a few mild chuckles en route; there will be no reason to remember the ride the instant it ends. ...read more
- The A.V. Club - by Nathan Rabin
21 & Over seems particularly redundant, since a film already exists that’s exactly like "The Hangover," only not as good: It was called "The Hangover Part II." 21 & Over is so slavish in imitating its screenwriters’ big claim to fame that it even ends by teasing a sequel, to which the only sane response is a polite but firm, “Thank you, no.” ...
- Time Out New York - by Joshua Rothkopf
Neither as subversively fun as last year’s megadestructive "Project X," nor as creative as "The Hangover" (on which these codirectors broke through as screenwriters), this further installment in the millennials-acting-badly genre serves as a distinctly average placeholder. ...read more
- New York Magazine (Vulture) - by Bilge Ebiri
In the end, 21 and Over is more exhausting — and exhausted — than funny or wild. ...read more
- Boston Globe - by Tom Russo
Among the ingredients “21” is missing: the infectiously random silliness of a Zach Galifianakis, the smug hunkiness of a Bradley Cooper, and any sort of Vegas-y gloss whatsoever. ...read more
- USA Today - by Claudia Puig
Despite its collegiate setting, 21 and Over is pretty much for people with an IQ of 21 and under. ...read more
- Film.com - by William Goss
Yes, surely for them, the lucky few and probable many, 21 and Over will be the Best Movie Ever. For the rest of us, though, it’s something of a chore. ...read more
- The New York Times - by Nicole Herrington
The movie’s humor — at the expense of Asians, Latinas and even Serbs — comes off just as tone deaf and random as Seth MacFarlane’s Oscar-night shenanigans. ...
- New York Daily News - by Elizabeth Weitzman
How ironic (depressing? predictable?) that the week after we celebrate the best in movies, we are force-fed its very worst. 21 & Over is filmmaking by formula, and evidence of Hollywood’s assumption that appealing to viewers’ basest instincts will always pay off. ...read more
- New York Post - by Kyle Smith
Just because your comedy is dumb doesn’t mean it’s funny. ...
- Slant Magazine - by Andrew Schenker
By the dictates of the boys-will-be-boys party genre, 21 and Over is so tame that it barely manages to even be offensive. ...read more