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  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
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    critic review scores.

  • 38

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times

    This is one of those 93-minute movies that seem about 88 minutes too long. Or not worth making in the first place.

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  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Despite its collegiate setting, 21 and Over is pretty much for people with an IQ of 21 and under.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy

    This paean to youthful irresponsibility applies the right crude and rude 'tude to its bulging sack of gags to have the desired effect on its target audience.

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Raunchy buddy comedy is all about getting wasted.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that 21 and Over was written and directed by the same team that wrote The Hangover and features the same type of raunchy humor, if perhaps at not quite the same level of excess (though it's plenty over the top!). The comedy follows three friends through a single night of debauchery as they celebrate a 21st birthday, a momentous event that they believe should be celebrated by getting as wasted as possible. They drink at parties, they drink at bars, they even drink in a taxi. Then they drink some more, until one of them is completely passed out. There's a string of misadventures, a few fights, and some sexual harassment -- plus near-nonstop profanity ("f--k," "s--t" and much more), people smoking pot at a party, and a few brief glimpses of topless women and almost-nude men seen from behind. Men make out in one scene.

  • Families can talk about how the movie portrays drinking. Is it glamorized? Are any of the consequences realistic? What message does that send?

  • Parents may also want to put an over-the-top comedy like this in perspective. The movie's antics come at you fast and furiously, making some of the laughs mostly about the shock value. What other movies and TV shows have a similar comedy style? What's the appeal of this kind of humor?

  • Talk about the friendships at the heart of the movie. Do they feel real? Do these guys actually care for each other?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: In the process of reuniting to celebrate a 21st birthday, three formerly close friends rekindle their friendship. Though their antics are juvenile -- and many of their actions, especially when it comes to excessive drinking, flat-out irresponsible -- their feelings are heartfelt. Jokes rely on sexism and stereotypes for laughs.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: Miller and Casey are devoted to Jeff and struggle to get him safely home after a wild night. But they're also poor influences who induce Jeff to go out drinking the night before an important medical school interview. They also glorify drinking to excess, insisting that it's their duty to get as wasted as possible when one of their number turns 21.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Several people get into a barroom brawl, throwing both punches and stools. They later go at it again, with one man using a baseball bat to destroy several household objects. A woman uses self-defense techniques, including a knee to the groin, to subdue a man. Two almost-nude men are subjected to ritual violence, including being spanked with a paddle. They later wrestle each other, still almost completely naked. A buffalo charges through a crowd, butting several people.

  • sex false4

    Sex: Many, many crude sexual references, though little actual physical contact. A guy and a girl flirt with each other all through the film and eventually kiss. A guy drinks shots that are tucked between breasts and placed on navels. A few brief flashes of topless women, and several longer scenes feature almost-nude men seen from behind. Two men walk around wearing nothing but socks on their penises; they also make out. A stuffed animal is shown glued to a man's genitals.

  • language false5

    Language: Near-constant swearing includes just about every crude word imaginable. "F--k," "s--t," "p---y," "ass," "bitch," "t-ts," "d--kwad," "c--klicker," "goddamn," "oh my God," "douche-bag," and many more. Almost every sentence involves profanity.

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Some characters drink Pabst Blue Ribbon beer. Other labels/brands seen include Budweiser, Bud Light, and Soundgarden.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false5

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: The characters spend an entire debauched night getting more and more wasted, with many sequences of people drinking beer, shots, more beer, playing drinking games, slurping liquor off of women's bodies, sucking straight from a keg tap, and drinking some more. A few scenes feature people smoking pot, and one character mentions that he spent an entire night dancing after taking LSD.