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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 21
  2. Negative: 10 out of 21
  1. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Feb 28, 2013
    75
    21 and Over remains enjoyable for what it is and all it cares to be, which is nothing any respectable movie critic should recommend, and I'm down with that.
  2. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Feb 27, 2013
    63
    The bottom-line on this bottom-baring/bottom-branding farce is “Is it funny, on top of all the shocks?” And yes, it is. On a number of few occasions, all of them involving Jeff Chang.
  3. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Feb 28, 2013
    60
    Promising crude straight-boy humor, but delivering sensitive buddy moments and tons of male nudity, this by-the-numbers gut-buster looks slick, moves fast and packs enough laughs to enliven spring-break receipts and earn its helmers more work.
  4. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Feb 28, 2013
    40
    The movie rambles in a way that dilutes any possibility of edgy discomfort. Lucas and Moore have good control over the timing within the gags; it's the spaces between them that stretch out awkwardly. You can't hate 21 & Over, and you can't laugh at it. The most you can do is just pity it for not being as outrageous as it thinks it is.
  5. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Feb 28, 2013
    38
    This is one of those 93-minute movies that seem about 88 minutes too long. Or not worth making in the first place.
  6. Reviewed by: Drew Taylor
    Mar 1, 2013
    25
    For a movie that tries to create and sustain a sensation of wild unpredictability, it's a huge failure. It's not shocking if we've all seen it a thousand times before. With 21 and Over, it's all been there, drank that.
  7. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    Feb 28, 2013
    0
    This is a movie that celebrates selfishness, stupidity and the mean-spirited insensitivity that goes along with it. We're better than this, America.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 25
  2. Negative: 8 out of 25
  1. Mar 17, 2013
    10
    it's actually really funny, much better than project x, but nowhere near as good as superbad, but it's still wildly entertaining nonetheless, you should watch it Expand
  2. Mar 12, 2013
    9
    This movie was absolutely hilarious, i would suggest this movie if you enjoyed the hangover and other such movies of that nature. Funniest movie to come out this year so far, if your looking for a good narritive, its not for you; this is all about the laughs and fun of being 21. Expand
  3. Jun 4, 2013
    6
    Movie studios like burning off their comedies in March before the summer blockbusters hit so that they stand a chance, they also burn off bad films here too. Luckily enough 21 & Over isn't much like fellow party comedy Project X which was released last March and felt more like burn off than valid comedy. 21 & Over is about when Jeff Chang (Justin Chon) turns 21 and his old friends Miller and Casey (Miles Teller and Skylar Astin) come to take him out for a night on the town. However the trio soon find out a lot has changed between them and it may take some unexpected events to bring everyone back together. Right off the bat 21 hobbles itself by limiting the screen time of its funniest character. Jeff Chang is hilarious and is sadly not in the film as long as the other two leads. That doesn't mean that Miller and Casey aren't interesting but they do take some time to grow on you, especially Miller whose quite caustic at the beginning and will either entertain people or infuriate them. The fact is that by the end they are 3 very well rounded characters (some might say stereotypes) who can annoy at times but liven up a film that is more coincidence than plot. Their misadventures are tamer than that of Project X so they feel a lot more real and therefore are funnier and more entertaining and the crazy stuff that happens doesn't feel like its from another planet. The film is populated by some odd characters but they never feel ridiculous, even the LSD taking college professor seems oddly believable in the world director Jon Lucas has created. All these side characters provide some good laughs although the required love interest section of the film has nothing to it, if feels wrong and honestly the film didn't need the distraction and it ultimately ruins the ending of one of these characters story because he is forced to do the Hollywood thing and chase after the girl. The film at first suffers from some scripting problems as the film is trying to sound youthful but it doesn't quite ring true but after a while you get used to it, its just not the most expertly written dialogue and it isn't nearly as edgy as they think it is. However it is an enjoyable film because it doesn't take itself too seriously and even the ending where some lesson must be learnt it isn't forced upon you so much that it ruins the fun you had watching the film in the first place. Expand
  4. Jul 29, 2013
    6
    Rather typicall teen/highschool/party comedy story wise. A good 93 mins of entertainment. If don't set your expectations too high it's good fun but nothing more. Expand
  5. Mar 10, 2013
    5
    Watching other people getting drunk and having a good time, usually doesn't work for me, and is the case here. Too many "wild party" movies have hit the screen lately and the formula is getting more and more tired. Of course, Hollywood loves their formulas and here it seems simple raunchy behavior is all this movie could conjure up. Films that embark down the dark path of raunch must have wit and verve like the Hangover I and II, otherwise its just young people acting stupidly. If I wanted to see that I hang out with High Schoolers. Of course as there are very few options for movie at the moment, this is better than throwing your money away on the Oz disaster. Expand
  6. Mar 11, 2013
    0
    21 And Over is a movie based on desperate teens who want the law of drinking, smoking and taking drugs. And basically this film is also harmful to religion for Chinese people. 21 And Over deserves a zero. Expand

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