BY SARAH EVANS
I don’t know why, but in my first year of university, I chose to stay in the Sports Science residence. This all would have been perfectly fine but I was doing a Bachelor of Fine Arts and somehow sports just didn’t really jive with my interests. Therefore, my Frosh week was especially annoying. Not only was I surrounded by tons of jocks, but I was being invited to watch football and “get rowdy”. My life had become “jock jams” on repeat.
21 and Over was much worse than my university experience. This film, along with many others, was just another bro film about three friends getting in their last hurrah before everyone splits to be “adults”. More specifically, the plot is based around two friends who spring a surprise visit on one of their buddies for his birthday. Unfortunately, their buddy has an interview that could be detrimental to his career future so they can’t get too crazy. Oh, but they DO! From that point on, shenanigans ensue and they must undergo various obstacles together so their friend’s future doesn’t get pissed on.
I hated this movie so much that I’m having great difficulty even writing this review. I probably released one single puff of laughter during the entire film. The dialogue was pretty juvenile, as expected, and contrived. Lots of “bro” and “dude” at the beginnings and ends of sentences. That being said, I have heard people in real life like this talk so I suppose they were drawing from some element of reality in that regard. The dialogue isn’t really my issue though. Films such as Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and Fast Times At Ridgemont High totally use dialogue like that. So why do I like those films and not this one? Honestly, I’m not too sure myself but I think it has something to do with the fact that comically, the characters have absolutely no dimension. Also, they all equally lacked in wit and delivery of their lines. And, unrelated, but how many times do we have to see two chicks make out in a frat movie?
At last, I think the one thing that bothered me the most about 21 And Over was the point in the film where they felt they had to get sentimental. This is actually a pet peeve of mine in almost all comedic films, not just shitty ones. However, keeping focus with the film at hand, it was really unnecessary to get into a tender moment when the rest of the movie portrayed such a shallow relationship in the first place. It was like watching a very awkward homosocial love story within another plot. Two stories! What a treat! It just made me want to wretch.
In any case, you should totally go see this movie. Not only does it appeal to the 17-year old boy within, it appeals to anyone who likes racist jokes, sororities and frats and a disappointing line-up of music. Thanks for making my university dorm days seem less lame.
Sarah is coupon writer by day and a freelance photographer/writer by night in the Ottawa region. Her all time favourite movie is The Exorcist and she cries in almost every sad scene in a movie no matter how bad it is.