The first trailer for 21 & Over has just released, and although there are a few moments of hilarity, it all feels very familiar. Disapproving father character, check. A group of friends looking to live in the moment, check. Over the top shenanigans, check. Everything within the film takes place in a 24-hour time span, checkmate. We’ve seen it before, and the writers of The Hangover are at it again. Watch the trailer after the break.
For a comedy like this, I wouldn’t be so gung ho on wanting to check out the trailer without thinking I would be spoiled. All this year I have been avoiding trailers for 2012 releases, so I have been slowly weening my way back into watching them. Trailers for comedies can go a few different ways. Some show weaker gags to mask the larger moments in the film, like Pitch Perfect, while others reveal too many funny scenes, much like Will Farrell movies. In my mind, I believe 21 & Over does the later, but I hope it didn’t.
Be warned, this trailer may reveal too much.
I originally had no desire to watch the trailer, mostly because I was afraid it would spoil the movie. But after I saw it is was written and directed by team behind The Hangover, (Scott Moore and Jon Lucas) I needed to make sure I wouldn’t be wasting my time if I went into the movie blind.
Besides The Hangover, this duo have been responsible for such garbage as Ghost of Girlfriends Past and Four Christmases. The Change-Up was decent, but nothing too tummy tickling. The boys get another shot recreating a wild night, only instead of a tiger we have a buffalo and a 21st birthday instead of a bachelor party. 21 & Over looks like half the work of The Hangover because they get to show you the night of the party rather than have you backtrack to remember it.
But as I said, this has all been done before. Friends want to take their good friend out for a night on the town – who wouldn’t for a 21st birthday celebration? A dark cloud of guilt rains over their heads because they got their friend too drunk and the next morning he is suppose to be somewhere very important. Ridiculous events occur i.e. a buffalo roaming the streets, streaking, and girl-on-girl action. Eventually the main character learns to defend their manhood, grow up, and find their perfect balance between life and work.
Take a look at the plot synopsis below:
Straight-A college student Jeff Chang has always done what’s expected of him. But when his two best friends Casey and Miller surprise him with a visit for his 21st birthday, he decides to do the unexpected for a change, even though his critical medical school interview is early the next morning. What was supposed to be one beer becomes one night of chaos, over indulgence and utter debauchery in this outrageous comedy.
There seems to also be a secondary plot between Skylar Astin and Sarah Wright, which was blatantly ruined by the trailer. And why does Jeff Chang have an important medical school interview when he’s only a junior in college? I wasn’t in the field, but I’m sure they don’t apply to grad school until they are seniors, no? I am mostly looking forward to seeing how they will cram all of these events in the trailer into one night without rushing through everything. Click on the thumbnails below to enlarge the screenshots.
By now, I’m generally surprised that the Wayans brothers or the tag team of Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer (Epic Movie; Date Movie; Meet the Spartans; Vampires Suck) haven’t done a spoof of the 24-hour event films. The Hangover, Superbad, Hot Tub Time Machine, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and Can’t Hardly Wait are terrific instances of how the genre can work. And then there’s films like Project-X, Take Me Home Tonight, The Sitter, and Fun Size that lack any creativity or charm. We’ll just have to wait and see how well 21 & Over turns out. (Click on the poster to enlarge the image.)
21 & Over stumbles into theaters March 1, 2013.