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|Originaltitel:||21 & Over|
|Regie:||Jon Lucas & Scott Moore|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 93 min.|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
Since the great success of "Hangover", party films in which excessive alcohol consumption leads to all sorts of turbulent entanglements have been produced on an assembly line. While most "Hangover" clones are released directly on DVD and Blu-Ray, some of these comedies actually make it to the cinema. After the amusing party buzz "Project X", "21 & Over", the directorial debut of the "Hangover" authors Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, is now the next binge party to be celebrated on the big screen.
The focus of the wild party night is the 21st birthday of Jeff Chang (Justin Chon), whom his buddies Casey (Skylar Astin) and Miller (Miles Teller) want to celebrate as exuberantly as possible. Jeff himself has little desire for it, as he has an extremely important interview at the medical faculty the next morning. And since he doesn't want to annoy his father (Francois Chau) at all, this interview has to be perfect. But it's not that easy for friends who have come here especially for their birthday to give in. At least Jeff should come to a bar with them for a beer. What sounds like a reasonable compromise is only the beginning of a wild party night, in which Jeff loses consciousness after numerous drinks. Now it's up to his friends to get him home by 8am and get him fit again. Too bad that they have no idea where Jeff actually lives…
That "21 & Over" doesn't really offer anything new should come as no surprise. The borrowings from movies like "Hangover", "American Pie", "Old School" and at the end even "Ferris macht blau" are too obvious to attest something like originality to the comedy. Miller, for example, is quite clearly only a variant of "Pie" fan favourite Stifler. The characters are just changing stereotypes and the jokes all seem to come from the Recyclingtonne for party movies. So you always get the feeling that you've seen this movie somewhere before.
Although the comedy doesn't really want to get excited, it serves its target audience quite well. In spite of the high recognition value, some of the gags make for really good laughs and boredom doesn't arise in the fast-paced 90 minutes. Especially the regular meeting with the friend of Casey's swarm Nicole (Jonathan Keltz) and the dissolution of this storyline is a lot of fun. Although also "21 & Over" doesn't get along without the usual faecal humor and crude sex jokes, some gags stand out very positively from this mass of jokes.
Who doesn't expect more than a party clone composed of different US comedies of the past years and doesn't expect deep humor or multi-layered characters, but just wants to have simple knitted fun, can definitely recommend "21 & Over". But if you're hoping for a real genre hit, whose gag density is roughly comparable to that of the first "Hangover" film, you'll leave the cinema with a sore hangover after this entertaining barhopping.
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