I have to admit to a little critical bias here. Having grown up in the 1980s with Porky’s and Meatballs, Risky Business and the whole oeuvre of John Hughes, I’m finding it hard to get excited about any teen debauchery comedy since Project X
swept through theaters because, in my estimation, that’s the new
raunchy standard-bearer. It was the perfect storm of blowout parties.
I’m willing to give first-time directors Jon Lucas and Scott Moore (the
writers behind The Hangover franchise) a chance as their
misadventure begins with two buddies (Miles Teller and Skylar Astin)
hooking up to celebrate the 21st birthday of Jeff Chang (Justin Chon), a
third friend everyone inexplicably refers to by his full name, but lots
of alcohol, nudity and a missing person makes 21 And Over look more and more like The Hangover: The College Years.
Guys, I know the adage is to write what you know, but I’m wondering if
you could just trying faking it with another premise? Now in theaters. (R) Not screened in time for review