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'21 Jump Street' 'Two Jews On Film' One Laughs Alot...The Other Laughs...Not So Much (Video)

  • Mar 13, 2012

By Joan Alperin Schwartz

What would you do if you had the chance to go back to high school and do it all over again?
Well, two bumbling rookie cops, Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) get that chance when they're assigned to the long time dormant 21 Jump Street unit led by the perpetually pissed off Captain Dickson (Ice Cube)

Their mission:  Go back to high school and find the supplier of a synthetic drug, HFS that causes hallucinations and sometimes...death. Piece of cake right?  Uh...not so much...  

First, our pair, who actually went to the same high school, but travelled in very different crowds, soon find out that things have changed considerably in the last seven years since they graduated.

Jenko, ex Prom king/jock is now considered uncool...especially after he punches out a gay black dude...
And Schmidt - a super nerd, who used to dress up as an Eminem wannabe during his teen years, is now...looked on by his fellow classmates as...the cool one. 

In fact, the two of them soon realize that everything is reversed...What was in is now out and what wasout is...well you get the idea.  

To complicate things even further...our guys, who are posing as brothers, screw up their names and therefore their class assignment.

 Brainy Schmidt aka Chad is now assigned to the track team, and airhead Jenko aka Dave gets...chemistry class.

 Watching Jenko experience high school from the other side (the unpopular one) is one of the funniest moments in the film and Tatum nails it in his comedic timing.  He brings to his character a really nice vulnerability and has great chemistry with Hill....

 As I said in our video review, I LMAO and I promise, so will you.  

Rounding out the cast is the funny Dave Franco as the politically/enviromentally correct drug dealer, Brie Larson as Jonah's would be love interest and Rob Riggle as Mr. Walters, a teacher.

Even Johnny Depp, makes a cameo appearance toward the end of the film which worked beautifully, considering it was the 80's T.V. series, '21 Jump Street' that launched his career.

'21 Jump Street' directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller was written by Hill and Michael Bacall (Project X).
The film, which opens in theatres Friday, March 16, 2012. is not only hysterically funny, but it has great action, exciting car chases, romance and even a sweet message about friendship...And that is why I gave it 4 bagels out of 5. 

Of course, John, the other half of Two Jews On Film had a slightly different experience.  Check out our video to see what he thought. 
'21 Jump Street' 'Two Jews On Film' One Laughs Alot...The Other Laughs...Not So Much (Video) '21 Jump Street' 'Two Jews On Film' One Laughs Alot...The Other Laughs...Not So Much (Video) '21 Jump Street' 'Two Jews On Film' One Laughs Alot...The Other Laughs...Not So Much (Video) '21 Jump Street' 'Two Jews On Film' One Laughs Alot...The Other Laughs...Not So Much (Video)

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March 14, 2012
wow....fighting in the video review! stupidly forgiving eh? LOL! You guys are so funny! One is nice and forgiving and the other guy is very critical LOL! Joan, tell John he's lucky you love everything :)
March 14, 2012
Do you believe he said that.??? lol. aND YES, I will definitely tell him.
March 14, 2012
thanks so much. You'll laugh...a lot
March 26, 2012
I am so glad I went to see this movie...because it is awesome! thanks, Joan and John!
March 26, 2012
I knew you'd love it. So funny.
March 26, 2012
what is up with John? he says you love everything heehee...
March 26, 2012
Not sure...Think John needs a brain transplant. LOL.
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review by . March 26, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
Ok, let’s get some things out of the way. Usually comedies are a low priority for me to see in theaters. Why? Because they are usually more fun to see with a lot of pizza and beer. I am not too fond of Channing Tatum. Why? I dunno, I never cared for the roles he played save for “The Eagle”. Jonah Hill I can do with, after all, I need to see him in a role after he had lost all that weight. I am also not fond of movies that revamps a TV show, I mean they try to sneak this shit up …
review by . March 16, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
For all my readers who are unsure of where this movie came from you may not be able to appreciate Nice Offerman's role. As the police captain for rookie cops Schmidt and Jenko, played by Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum respectively, he tells them the department is reviving a program they used back in the eighties. This is just one of the many nods to both the industry and the source material. It was also one of the many laugh out loud moments of this movie. It is easy to be suspect of a movie …
review by . April 02, 2012
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*** out of ****    "21 Jump Street" is one of those comedies - one of those good, honest, thoroughly funny comedies - that appeals to at least two generations and treats them as its target audience. In this case, it's the adults and the older teens; and the title of the film will most likely mean something to the former and not the latter. In case you didn't know, "21 Jump Street" was a popular crime drama series that ran from 1987 to 1991. It's probably best known for kick-starting …
review by . March 29, 2012
I don't laugh during movies, which is why I was surprised I had to wipe my eyes from laughing so hard during the entire movie.  Jonah Hill is absolutely fantastic and Channing Tatum seems like he took some serious acting classes.  This is one of those movies where you will be able to watch over and over and quote for life.  I think this has to go into my top 5 funniest movies I've seen next to A Christmas Story and Step Brothers.  This movie is definitely worth …
review by . March 17, 2012
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review by . March 16, 2012
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Back in 1987, the fledgling Fox Network debuted, offering entertainment on Saturday and Sunday evenings aimed at a younger audience. One of the network’s first breakout shows was a police drama with young cops and plenty of action, a show named 21 Jump Street. The show featured a cast of largely unknowns who quickly bolted to overnight notoriety, most notably its star Johnny Depp who, much to his chagrin, became a pinup boy and sex symbol for the show. The show mixed humor, action, and romance. …
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