Earlier this week, we got the awesome opportunity to catch a sneak peek of 21 & Over, the new comedy from the writers of The Hangover. The movie, which opens today, follows three friends — laid back Miller (Miles Teller), by-the-book Casey (Skylar Astin) and walking Asian stereotype, Jeff Chang (Justin Chon) — as they reunite for a night of 21st birthday hijinks. It’s not dissimilar to The Hangover in that 21 & Over opens on a scene from the morning after, then backtracks to the previous day’s events where you learn that (gasp!) Jeff Chang has an important med school interview at 8AM that HE CANNOT MISS. Insert everything that could go wrong –> here <–.
I can honestly say I went into the theater not expecting much from this one — after all, have you seen The Hangover 2? #Disaster. I am SO happy to report, however, that 21 & Over is a damn funny movie. Granted you’ve got to be into gratuitous nudity, racist jokes and bro-comedy, but I don’t think any of us are above laughing at a penis jokes. At least I’m not.
The coolest part of the experience was that in addition to seeing the movie, we actually got to hang out with Miles Teller, Skylar Astin and Justin Chon afterwards. The guys were game to answer some of our most pressing questions…
CollegeCandy: From prosthetic (we hope) dicks to man-on-man makeouts, there’s a lot of questionable material in the movie. Did you ever read parts of the script and just say, “No, I’m not doing this”?
Miles Teller: The kiss! Man, when I read that I had to kiss Skylar, I was like “nope.” As you saw, it ended up staying in the movie, so I had to do it. But I insisted that there would not be any tongue!
CC: Justin, how was it to be passed out for at least 60% of the movie?
Justin Chon: So on the days that Skylar and Miles were basically just carrying my limp body through scenes, I definitely drank. It’s hard to keep a slight buzz going for 12 hours, so when I was “awake” I was always sober…just to be safe. But on my “asleep” days, I definitely got drunk. I also grew my hair out so my head rolling would have a little more excitement to it. In the last scene, though, I’m wearing a wig and it’s terrible. I look at it and I’m like, “That’s so not my hair.”
CC: You guys got into plenty of trouble on screen, were there any outrageous moments off-screen?
Skylar Astin: Well, I mean there was the time I ran over Miles with a golf cart. It was my birthday, so I was really excited to celebrate on-set. I was expecting a cake, the whole deal. It turns out that people care less about your birthday after you hit one of the stars of a movie and send him to the hospital. Needless to say, there wasn’t cake that day.
MT: Yeah, when Skylar ran me over…that was pretty crazy. I don’t think anything topped that. Last night, though, we went out here in New York and it was basically the same dynamic as in the movie. Justin got kicked out of the bar and Skylar was the responsible one making sure that we left with everything we came with. I think he was hunting for Justin’s bag while he was drunk out on the street.
21 & Over opens in theaters everywhere today, March 1st, and is definitely one to go see after a few drinks with your best friends.
We’re also giving away the ultimate 21 & Over prizepack to one lucky reader. The winner will receive:
-21 And Over signed poster
-The Hangover on DVD
-A copy of The Imbible: Drinking Games for Times You’ll Never Remember with Friends You’ll Never Forget
-An ice luge mold
-Creative Motion Drink Dart Game
-Boobzie beer cozy
To enter, leave a comment telling us your best 21st birthday memory. Contest closes March 8th. (Must be 21 to win.)