Movie review: 21 & Over fun but flawed
Wild party: 21 & Over is a new film from Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, who wrote The Hangover.
FROM Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, the writers behind the original Hangover film, comes another debaucherous party on screen this time, centred on a formative period of everyone's lives.
In 21 & Over, Lucas and Moore's directorial debut, we get a watered-down version of The Hangover, that while is not nearly half as clever, definitely hits the right spot with its target market.
Jeff Chang is your typical straight-A geek, a social reject who always puts study before party.
However when his two best friends take him out for a night on the town before an important interview for medical school ... well, you get the drift.
While it's definitely not this generations's American Pie, 21 & Over still contains moments of wit and brilliance, let down only by the fact the film's script reads like a tamer version of The Hangover sans the originality that made it such a hit.
Beyond the drunk tomfoolery, the actors aren't given much to chew on a shame, because the leads are genuinely likeable, if a bit cliched.
That's not to say that 21 & Over is a bad film far from it.
It still produces plenty of laughs (particularly if you fall in the target young adult demographic) and will no doubt be popular at the box office.
However one can't help but feel that with such talented writers at the helm, 21 & Over could have been a lot more.
It would have been nice to see Lucas and Moore stray from the formulaic to deliver something with the originality of their more famous previous works, but alas, we're stuck with a Hangover clone that doesn't quite reach its inspiration's stratospheric heights.
21 & Over (MA15+) is in cinemas now.
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Let the hair down: The cast of 21 & Over in the middle of one wild party.