“21 & Over” is a mad romp through arrested adolescence as it courts arrest binging at a mythical college campus. At “anywhere U” the booze flows freely, inhibitions don’t exist and teddy bears can be defiled without consequence.
The charm in this buffoonery (and there is charm) is Miles Teller’s rapid fire bro delivery.
As Miller, at no time does the audience remotely suspect this is anything other than what he has to say. These can’t possibly be movie “lines.” Teller’s Miller is an in your face average guy whose lack of apology for existing only to drink and aspire to mediocrity — is oddly endearing.
Though it doesn’t get him the girl, it does get him points for an absolute lack of self consciousness and ability to bring campus craziness to the fore in a way that is oddly exhilarating. Austin’s performance is applause worthy. Skylar Austin and Justin Chon are equally believable in their respective corners of this bromance. Each provide all the prickly endearments and jabs of real life friendship. (Though Sarah Wright seemed oddly miscast in the “hot girl” role).
Writers and directors Jon Lucus and Scott Moore have provided a nice slice of comedy following their “The Hangover” success.
“21& Over” is everything it is supposed to be: A romp without any real victims, consequence or penalty. A twisty-turny, “Weekend at Bernies” kind of boy flick that is actually light on the sexism and objectifying, which is a very good thing.
Given it’s $13 million budget, “21” opened with $8 million on March 1 and quickly obliterated its budget numbers with a take to date of $25 million.
Teddy bear lovers are everywhere.