In real life, angry police officers do not respond well to wordplay. There is a scene in the below trailer for 21 and Over that features central character Jeff Chang (Justin Chon), intoxicated beyond judgment and function, standing naked atop a parked car. He is approached by a pair of local police officers who demand, as one might expect them to, that he “get down” immediately. A fertile ground for homedy (that’s homonym comedy), the phrase inspires Jeff Chang to begin dancing, embracing the slang interpretation of the officers’ word choice. Taking note of the young offender’s manipulation of their terminology, one cop turns to the other, apparently impressed by this clever turn of phrase.
And throughout the rest of the 21 and Over trailer, we see other examples of heightened reality. We see an unconscious college student tossed out of multiple second story windows, enduring no apparent damages after either incident. We see a bull wreaking havoc (but not too much havoc, just wacky, kooky havoc) in a suburban area. We see a truck tumble recklessly off the road while its driver, apparently on some kind of stimulant, seems to be having the time off his life. We see the film’s two misguided young heroes (Miles Teller and Skylar Astin) embarking upon countless ill-conceived endeavors, but without any hint of reaping the consequences.
The ultimate moral of the story can only be discovered by watching the film entirely. But we’re betting that no true comeuppances are doled out… check out the trailer below and share your thoughts.
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