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Taking comedy 'Over'-board

From left, directors Scott Moore and Jon Lucas

From left, directors Scott Moore and Jon Lucas on the set of "21 & Over." Credit: From left, directors Scott Moore and Jon Lucas on the set of "21 & Over."

Jon Lucas and Scott Moore know a thing or two about R-rated comedies. After all, the screenwriting duo penned "The Hangover" and its first sequel, which made the careers of Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis and (to a lesser extent) Ed Helms, and grossed more than $1 billion worldwide.

Lucas and Moore have written and made their directorial debut with "21 and Over," a ribald comedy about a college student's 21st birthday celebration the night before his medical school entrance exam.

The flick, which opens tomorrow and stars up-and-coming actors Miles Teller, Skylar Austin and Justin Chon, seems like a natural fit for the partners, and studio Relativity Media pushed for them to direct.

"It was their idea. ... I would like to think it was because they really believed in us, but frankly, it's because we were cheap," Moore says in jest.
Whatever the case, Lucas and Moore have come up with another entry in the glorious, boundary-pushing R-rated comedy tradition.

"I loved those movies growing up," Moore says. "I would go to 'American Pie' or 'Porky's' or whatever they were. The appeal is that same escapism... I enjoy seeing a crazy movie because it's not my life."

Lucas adds: "We did our press junket last week and one of the funny questions we were asked was, 'Was your 21st birthday like this' ... and I'm like, 'Did you see the movie? There's no way I'd be alive if that was [the case]."

"We're pretty boring dudes," says Moore.

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