“21 and Over,” a raunchy comedy co-written and co-directed by Jon Lucas, 36, and Scott Moore, the duo who wrote the first “Hangover” movie, opens on Friday, March 1. The plot: Straight-A college student Jeff Chang is getting ready for his med school interview the next morning when his two best friends, Casey and Miller, pay him a surprise visit. What is supposed to be one beer turns into a night of chaos and overindulgence.
Skylar Astin, 26 (born Skylar Astin Lipstein), plays Casey, with Jonathan Keltz, 25 (“Entourage”), appearing in a supporting role as Randy. Astin was a star of the hit Broadway musical “Spring Awakenings” and co-starred in the 2012 film “Pitch Perfect.”
Lucas recently said: “21 is where you go out with all your friends. We call it the American bar mitzvah in the movie, because it is oddly this day when America recognizes you as a grown-up. You can now do everything you haven’t been able to do.”
Also opening March 1 in the Bay Area is “A Place at the Table.” This documentary explores the tragic fact that almost 50 million Americans aren’t sure where their next meal is coming from. The problem is explored through three people (a single mother, a fifth-grader, and a second-grader with asthma) who are “food insecure.” Experts and celebrities working to fight hunger are interviewed, including actor Jeff Bridges and chef Tom Colicchio, the top judge on the Bravo series “Top Chef.”
The film was co-directed by Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush, 44. In 2001, Silverbush, whose mother is from Israel, wed Colicchio in a Jewish ceremony, and they now have two sons. Colicchio, by the way, performed a great service for Jewish food mavens when, in 2009, he saved renowned Jewish chef Joan Nathan, 70, from choking by performing the Heimlich maneuver on her at a charity banquet.
New on the tube
The fifth season of the Bravo reality series “The Rachel Zoe Project” premieres at 9 p.m. on March 6. The new season follows Rachel Zoe Rosenzweig, 41, and her husband and business partner Rodger Berman, 42, as they expand her women’s wear collection, do celeb styling and open a hair salon. Their infant son, Skyler, is often seen.
Starting the same night, at 10:30 p.m., is the new Bravo series “Dukes of Melrose.” It features fashion-boutique owners Cameron Silver, 43, and Christos Garkinos. We see them as they show off their collections of vintage couture and buy and sell pieces owned by the rich and famous. In the premiere, the duo is shown getting “A-List” celebs ready for the Oscars.
In November, Silver spoke to the London Jewish Chronicle about his new book, “Decades: A Century of Fashion,” and had some interesting things to say about the decline in the number of Jewish designers. “It was all about Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein … but they are now the old guard. Alber Elbaz at Lanvin is wonderful … but there are not that many young ones. It’s also not the schmutter business it once was as it’s now all about conglomerates and there is so little manufacturing done in the U.S. There are lots of Jewish CEOs, but I fear the artistry has gone.”
The E! Channel has picked up the very funny Web comedy series “Burning Love,” a parody of “The Bachelor.” Produced by Ben Stiller, 47, the series follows narcissistic firefighter Mark Orlando (Ken Marino) looking to find “true love.” A second season already has been filmed, but E! is starting its broadcast with the first season. Michael Ian Black, 42, co-stars as the host. New episodes air at 7 p.m. Mondays. The first episode aired last week, but reruns are shown every day.
Columnist Nate Bloom, an Oaklander, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.