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