21 and Over

 
Raunchy buddy comedy is all about getting wasted.
  • Review Date: February 27, 2013
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2013
  • Running Time: 93 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

In the process of reuniting to celebrate a 21st birthday, three formerly close friends rekindle their friendship. Though their antics are juvenile -- and many of their actions, especially when it comes to excessive drinking, flat-out irresponsible -- their feelings are heartfelt. Jokes rely on sexism and stereotypes for laughs.

Positive role models

Miller and Casey are devoted to Jeff and struggle to get him safely home after a wild night. But they're also poor influences who induce Jeff to go out drinking the night before an important medical school interview. They also glorify drinking to excess, insisting that it's their duty to get as wasted as possible when one of their number turns 21.

Violence

Several people get into a barroom brawl, throwing both punches and stools. They later go at it again, with one man using a baseball bat to destroy several household objects. A woman uses self-defense techniques, including a knee to the groin, to subdue a man. Two almost-nude men are subjected to ritual violence, including being spanked with a paddle. They later wrestle each other, still almost completely naked. A buffalo charges through a crowd, butting several people.

Sex

Many, many crude sexual references, though little actual physical contact. A guy and a girl flirt with each other all through the film and eventually kiss. A guy drinks shots that are tucked between breasts and placed on navels. A few brief flashes of topless women, and several longer scenes feature almost-nude men seen from behind. Two men walk around wearing nothing but socks on their penises; they also make out. A stuffed animal is shown glued to a man's genitals.

Language

Near-constant swearing includes just about every crude word imaginable. "F--k," "s--t," "p---y," "ass," "bitch," "t-ts," "d--kwad," "c--klicker," "goddamn," "oh my God," "douche-bag," and many more. Almost every sentence involves profanity.

Consumerism

Some characters drink Pabst Blue Ribbon beer. Other labels/brands seen include Budweiser, Bud Light, and Soundgarden.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

The characters spend an entire debauched night getting more and more wasted, with many sequences of people drinking beer, shots, more beer, playing drinking games, slurping liquor off of women's bodies, sucking straight from a keg tap, and drinking some more. A few scenes feature people smoking pot, and one character mentions that he spent an entire night dancing after taking LSD.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that 21 and Over was written and directed by the same team that wrote The Hangover and features the same type of raunchy humor, if perhaps at not quite the same level of excess (though it's plenty over the top!). The comedy follows three friends through a single night of debauchery as they celebrate a 21st birthday, a momentous event that they believe should be celebrated by getting as wasted as possible. They drink at parties, they drink at bars, they even drink in a taxi. Then they drink some more, until one of them is completely passed out. There's a string of misadventures, a few fights, and some sexual harassment -- plus near-nonstop profanity ("f--k," "s--t" and much more), people smoking pot at a party, and a few brief glimpses of topless women and almost-nude men seen from behind. Men make out in one scene.

What's the story?

It's Jeff's (Justin Chon) birthday, and Casey (Skylar Astin) and Miller (Miles Teller) -- his two best friends from high school -- show up unannounced to celebrate. And because he's turning 21, it's (apparently) his duty to get as drunk as possible, a task all three embrace with gusto. Over the course of one wild night in 21 AND OVER, the three guys get wasted, assaulted by a psycho male cheerleader, trampled by a buffalo, and kidnapped by hostile sorority sisters. It's a night that none of them will forget ... except that there are parts that might be hard for them to remember.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Lost amid the bros-gone-wild shenanigans of 21 and Over is an interesting story about male friendships and brotherhood. Emphasis on "lost." Because, aside from the rare bits when the story delves into why guys do or don't support each other in times of trouble or confusion, what we get is unoriginal, crass material that fails to capture the subversive fun of The Hangover.

21 and Over was directed by the guys who wrote that 2009 bachelor party-gone-bad hit, Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, and they're clearly trying to capture the proverbial lighting in a bottle once more. No can do. The jokes are either tired or sexist -- and in some cases, both. The characters are one-dimensional and stereotypical (oh, wow, an Asian father who's obsessed with his son going to med school), and their night-of-endless-snafus just really isn't all that amusing. Instead of a night out, they probably should've called it a night.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how the movie portrays drinking. Is it glamorized? Are any of the consequences realistic? What message does that send?

  • Parents may also want to put an over-the-top comedy like this in perspective. The movie's antics come at you fast and furiously, making some of the laughs mostly about the shock value. What other movies and TV shows have a similar comedy style? What's the appeal of this kind of humor?

  • Talk about the friendships at the heart of the movie. Do they feel real? Do these guys actually care for each other?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:March 1, 2013
DVD release date:June 18, 2013
Cast:Justin Chon, Miles Teller, Skylar Astin
Directors:Jon Lucas, Scott Moore
Studio:Relativity Media
Genre:Comedy
Topics:Friendship
Run time:93 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:crude and sexual content, pervasive language, some graphic nudity, drugs and drinking

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Written byAnonymous December 29, 2014
age 16+
 

Pretty crass but funny comedy is all about being poisoned

My rating:R for language,crude sexual content,nudity and drug use all involving teens
Teen, 15 years old Written bymovieguy97 March 1, 2013
age 15+
 

Funny stuff

Tells a story about friendship mix with positive messages in all the beautiful funny chaos.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent of a 14 year old Written byMr.awesome123 March 2, 2013
age 14+
 

Hilarious movie

It was a great movie as long as your kids can handle the language and adult themes.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 15 years old Written byStevie111 March 1, 2013
age 15+
 

Crude party comedy mixes crude jokes and actually a good story

What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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