If you happen to be a college student full of possibilities in life but your parents push your vision towards the traditional boring factor of career, spend some quality time with your friends and allow them to be your support system.
21 and Over is an upcoming American comedy film written by, and the directorial debut of, Jon Lucas andScott Moore, writers of The Hangover reaches to comedy lovers, for the first time directing their project and getting behind the cameras to watch their unknown magic bloom. The plot: When straight-A student Jeff Chang's (Justin Chon) two best friends (Skylar Astin and Miles Teller) take him out for his 21st birthday on the night before an important medical school interview, what was supposed to be a quick beer becomes a night of humiliation, overindulgence, and utter debauchery.
When I went to the screening, I personally like the fact that Jon Lucas and Scott Moore are placing a new platform for the up and coming cast: Justin Chon, Skylar Astin and Miles Teller. It’s about time to go to the movies and see new talented actors performing in the big screen. The screening was at The Grove last week, filling the seats with a wide age range expecting to laugh. This is a R rated feature film, but I would never think it’s an uplifting inspiring movie for young adults in search of their new possibilities in life other than the cruel reality they live at school. There’s a gun involved in the movie... There’s no wish to be more scared than a student holding a fire gun on campus for no reason, so really didn’t get it. It’s time to evolve and so life has given us the strength we learn from our mistakes to make a brighter future for next generation. We need to inspire people, have friends and commit ourselves to a better tomorrow. That’s what I look for when there’s a low or big budget film with big names attached. It’s easy to inspire when your name can take your vision far enough for the whole world to see it. Let’s do that!
I have a little bit of an issue believing performances where the actors or directors choices are placed to make the audience laugh on purpose, I rather decide myself whether is funny or not. So I had a hard time understanding “how could this movie be a total success?” But I guess that’s the game I get to play as an actress, deciding the right projects with the uplifting subjects attached; not until I create a name for myself with this kind of roles.
The relationship between the 3 friends was believable. The actress Sarah Wright, who played Nicole wasn’t interesting at all. I only saw a smilie face from beginning to end. I would have chosen a more exciting character. Every time she came on, I was already looking forward to the next scene.
I attended to the JUNKET, a roundtable interview with the cast and directors, and I can tell you how much I learned from it. All the tips, questions and answers were delivered automatically in the Hollywood language, not from the hearts. Jon and Scott were fantastic and truthful enough. They were explaining how important their cast needed to be funny and not a known face. 21 & Over is definitely an inexpensive experiment to them, trusting their flow to make a good start in the directing path. I really want to see the team grow big and more aware of their decisions when casting new actors. They are working on a new TV series, so stay tuned for more laughs.
In theaters: Mar 1, 2013 Wide
Watch trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAw7AD9tWZQ
Ps; when rough times at school please reach out to your good friends, before thinking an easy way out.
* Photos courtesy of: Interview Magazine, Listal, Just Jared, Buddy TV, Collider, Wikia and Very Aware