'21 and Over'
2 1/2 stars
Oh, for those innocent days of yore, when "The Hangover" was a malady and not a movie.
It seems like millennia since the binge comedy became the new normal. But here comes "21 and Over," taking rude to a new level of crude, a post-racial romp through one epic night on one Asian-American collegian's 21st birthday.
A couple of "Hangover" scribes co-wrote and directed this sometimes inspired, often funny and occasionally psychotic pub crawl through the long dark night of
He's the Ken Jeong "Hangover" character here, a wild-partying break from Asian stereotypes. All he may want to do is sleep in the night before a big medical school interview. But his gonzo pal Miller (
All they have to do is take him back to his apartment, sober and cleaned up, by the time the kid's comically stern dad (
The night starts with beer, with Casey falling for
Lucas and Moore swap the homophobic riffs of "The Hangover" for comical jabs at race -- stumbling into a
The dizzying drinking montage of how hapless
"21 and Over" becomes a drag when a gun shows up, when
But the bottom line on this bottom-baring/bottom-branding farce is: "Is it funny, on top of all the shocks?" Yes, it is. On a number of occasions, all of them involving
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"21 and Over" Movie Trailer
MPAA rating: R (for crude and sexual content, pervasive language, some graphic nudity, drugs and drinking).
Running time: 1:30.
Credits: Co-written and co-directed by
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