I was actually somewhat surprised that it took me so long to see Rob Luketic’s 21. It had a decent cast, flashy trailer and it was based on a cool book.
It only took me five minutes to realize why. Within those five minutes I knew everything that followed. There was nothing new or interesting or surprising about this pretty lame film. And who isn’t tired of Kevin Spacey playing Kevin Spacey? The only reason I’m posting about it is because the movie’s premise makes absolutely no sense.
Picture this – genius math student has a 4.0 from MIT, got into Harvard Med School but can’t afford to go. You ever hear of a student loan? You will make more in your first year or two to pay off all your loans and then some pal. And get this – he’s working in a suit store with his fat friend making 8 bucks an hour. Really? This genius hasn’t been recruited to do something better with his time for a bit more money? Ludicrous. Then the crappy melodrama of his poor waitress mother and dead father. Why did the studio decide the book needed this? For a movie about really smart people it is fucking stupid.