21 Jump Street
Released March 16, 2012
Directed By Phil Lord and Chris Miller
Starring Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Brie Larson, and Dave Franco
21 Jump Street is a cop/buddy flick that impresses from start to finish. It stars Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill. Surprisingly, Channing Tatum is actually funny and puts on his most appealing performance to date. Both are absolutely hilarious in their own respects. The two cops are on an undercover mission to find and take down whoever is behind suspicious drug activity within a high school environment. This requires the guys to act as high schoolers, which makes for an interesting premise that delivers in nearly every way. 21 Jump Street is a riot. It explores social stereotypes, has a good story and significant hilarity. This is one of the funniest movies of the year so far, without question.
Throughout 21 Jump Street you will witness some pretty funny stuff, such as an obese biker getting run over and a semi-truck full of chickens exploding on the freeway. Words do not do justice to how funny the movie really is. It uses humor in a way similar to another cop/buddy movie you may have heard of (sarcasm) called “The Other Guys”. Sometimes it just gets stupid, but usually that’s when it’s the funniest. The script is well-written and full of gut wrenchingly funny lines. The acting is great all around and the movie never grows stale, it’s consistent all the way to the end. It’s full of interesting characters, such as Ice Cubes, and it makes you pay attention to what’s going on at all times. There’s plenty of action, including gunfights, fistfights, explosions, all the good stuff. An awesome Johnny Depp cameo doesn’t hurt either. The film also shows it has heart by delivering a nice message about friendship. Overall, 21 Jump Street is a great addition to the cop/buddy comedy genre and does not disappoint, offering fine performances from it’s leads, a funny script, and an enjoyable story.
4 out of 5
Second Opinion by Austin Winkler
The story revolves around two guys who’ve known each other since high school. Morton Schmidt (Jonah Hill) is a nerd and has constantly been bullied by Greg Jenko (Channing Tatum). Everything changes when they get out of highschool and recruit to the police academy. In the academy, they grow fond of each other and become undercover cops. During their time undercover, they’re placed back in highschool to destroy a drug ring.
I personally enjoyed this movie like crazy! It was paced well and there wasn’t a single dull moment in the film. It was filled to the brim with adult humor and action. Another thing that I liked about this movie was the cast. There were only about four actors that were recognizable and the others weren’t all that famous. It’s always really entertaining to see an actor/actress you’ve never heard of play their part like a pro. I’d also like to add that this is probably the only movie that I’ve seen in which Channing Tatum has actually done a fine job in. Unlike a lot of comedies recently, this movie isn’t cliched like The Hangover or Superbad. Every joke is fresh, new, and never gets old. Just make sure you don’t watch it with your parents, it could get a little awkward.
My only problem with this movie is that it sometimes gets vulgarity confused with comedy. What I mean by this is that some curse words or the gross comedy that was in this movie somewhat took it over the top, making it a little immature in some parts. However, despite the vulgarity, the story has a heart to it. As Wade said in his review, the movie has emotion and teaches the value of friendship.
Bottom line, this movie will make you laugh until your lungs collapse. With spot on performances, great pacing, a well-told story, and crazy humor, you need to make it a priority to buy it on Blu-ray. Everyone owes it to themselves.
4.5 out of 5