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21 Jump Street

A movie directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller

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  • Mar 26, 2012
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 pretending that we were not supposed to notice? Heck, seems like director Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s “21 Jump Street” had all the odds stacked up against it for me to enjoy this flick right? Yeah, well, it seems like I was in for a big surprise. I was really glad to have gone to see this film. Oh, this shit also has Ice Cube as a police captain….awesome!

                       Ellie Kemper and Channing Tatum in "21 Jump Street."

Morton Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Greg Jenko (Channing Tatum) went to the same high school. Morton was a geek while Greg was one of those ‘jocks’. Fate brings them together in the police academy and the two end up being close friends with Morton tutoring Greg with the academic stuff while Morton gets coached by Greg in the physical stuff. So the two are supposed to be bad ass cops right? Well, the two end up as bicycle cops and after a botched arrest, they are re-assigned in an undercover operation called 21 Jump Street with foul mouthed Captain Dickson (Ice Cube). Morton and Greg must now infiltrate a high school to keep a synthetic drug from going into the mainstream. Greg and Morton now go undercover as brothers, and things seem to be upside down as Morton is now cool and befriends the cool kids, Eric (Dave Franco) and Molly (Brie Larson) while Greg catches up with some geeky stuff…they are about to get in too deep and have fun doing it.

                      Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill in "21 Jump Street."

                     Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill and Dave Franco in "21 Jump Street."

At its core, “21 Jump Street” is a buddy flick. It is your standard action-comedy flick that we’ve all seen before. What makes this film so fun to watch is the way the script by Michael Bacall manages to keep the film’s energetic fun pace with a blend of action, slapstick and dry humor, raunchy toilet humor, some sexy devices and foul language. The film is insanely fun to watch, the direction keeps things moving at an upbeat pace, despite the occasional cheese in the script, it never loses a beat and I have to admit, I was very surprised how much I enjoyed watching it. Yes, there is nothing really creative or new with the script; what it does well is the way it all manages to blend everything together. It feels sincere and real in the way it moved its elements.

The film also pokes some fun with itself. I was literally laughing so hard when it made a metaphor on remakes and revamps. It never forgets to deliver the fun and comedy as the dialogue is a laugh a minute ride. There was also something very cool with the way, it injects a touch of irony in the scenes. High school had changed, and what could’ve made Greg popular and Morton the outcast in the past, no longer applies in this time when it is all about ‘saving the planet’ and muscle cars are no longer cool. This was even more brought into exposition with the simple and clever way teens carry a backpack nowadays. The direction knew when to punch the jokes and when to punch in the action. Sure, it had the typical ‘buddy flick falling out’, and it had some cheese in certain scenes, but I was too busy having fun watching that I did not care.

                       Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum in "21 Jump Street."

                      Ice Cube as Capt. Dickson, Jonah Hill as Schmidt and Channing Tatum as Jenko in ``21 Jump Street.''

What really made the film work was the way Tatum and Hill was able to connect with a dynamic chemistry that drove the film’s energy and upbeat tempo. The two realy looked like they were having loads of fun with their roles, and their exchanges felt real with how a cop with their characters would feel about being in high school. Morton was scared and Greg was more excited. The direction kept things interesting as the two are taken in to very ‘relatable’ things that an adult can easily solve than one who is in their teens. Ice Cube was so entertaining in his role as the foul-mouthed captain. I mean, his character may feel cliché, but when Ice Cube does a role like this, he does it very well. Dave Franco and Brie Larson were alright with their roles. However, one of the film’s best sequences would have to be Johnny Depp and Peter Deluise making uncredited cameos. I know revamps always have this, but you will never see this coming. Depp was awesome in his brief cameo.

                       Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum in "21 Jump Street."

“21 Jump Street” made my weekend in the theaters. Truth be told, I was very skeptical about the film but after reading the other reviews in Movie Hype (cheap plug), I was very glad I made time to see this film. I am also very happy that I allowed myself to be dragged by a friend who has a thing for Tatum…Ewww. Well, this shit is one of the best comedies I’ve seen in the past 5 years. See it….if you cannot afford a ticket, then you have the right to remain silent.

Highly Recommended! [4+ Out of 5 Stars]

                                     Poster art for "21 Jump Street."


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March 28, 2012
Glad to read that this is good WP, was thinking of seeing it when my sister comes in this weekend.
March 30, 2012
I REALLY had fun with this movie and I really wasn't interested in seeing it. I was happy that my friend dragged me to see it.
March 26, 2012
Well I'm pleasantly surprised - when I saw they did a so-called remake of 21 Jump Street I rolled my eyes - but you obviously enjoyed it! And I had no idea my man Johnny D would make an appearance in it!! Yep, I'd like to see this; sounds much better than what I imagined! Thanks Will!
March 27, 2012
You will never think that it was Depp--such a surprise!
April 03, 2012
Oh yeah -- I need to see this one!!
March 26, 2012
The high school scene will always sell in theaters everywhere. Bright pictures abound!
March 27, 2012
Thank you so much! This was a pleasant surprise!
March 28, 2012
You are very welcome, Bill.
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review by . March 16, 2012
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review by . April 02, 2012
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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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