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Movie Review: 21 Jump Street

By Edited Feb 5, 2016 1 2

Certificate 15, 109 minutes

Directors: Phil Lord, Chris Miller

Stars: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Brie Larson

21 Jump Street is a remake of an 80s television series of the same name, although the original series was less action comedy and more crime drama than the film is. Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) went to high school together; Schmidt was a typical geek and Jenko a typical slacker jock so they did not exactly get along.

After leaving high school, both Schmidt and Jenko wind up joining the police. After realising the other's strengths complement their weaknesses, they team up, with Schmidt helping Jenko with the academic parts of the training and Jenko helping Schmidt with the physical.

21 Jump Street
After graduating they were expecting rather more action such as car chases and gunfights than they get, as their first assignment has them riding bicycles in the park. They actually make their first arrest there but made a mess of it which resulted in the suspect going free.

As a result of this incompetence, Deputy Chief Hardy (Nick Offerman) tells them that the police are reviving an undercover programme from the 80s, and that the two of them are ideally suited for the job. He also says that the people in charge "lack creativity and are completely out of ideas" and that "all they do know is recycle s*** from the past and expect us all not to notice" which is probably a self-deprecatory reference to the film being based on an old series.

Schmidt and Jenko are assigned to 21 Jump Street, the address of the programme, under self-professed stereotype Captain Dickson (Ice Cube, Ride Along 2) who decides because they look, and act, immature enough they will be able to go undercover in a high school, after a student dies from overdosing on a new designer drug called "HFS" where they are assigned to find the distributors and suppliers of the drug.

They are sent undercover as brothers but a mixup with their covers results in them taking on the role of the other person, with Schmidt being the jock and Jenko being the nerd. In the years since they left, high school has changed and what made Jenko popular when he went to high school doesn't work any longer. This means that Schmidt is actually more popular, which he finds a pleasant change from his previous experience with high school as he actually gets along with a girl, Molly (Brie Larson), but this is a situation Jenko considers to be just plain wrong.

21 Jump Street is a cop buddy movie with quite a lot of humour, and is based around two people who really don't seem that suited to being cops. There is also a cameo appearance by two of the stars of the 80s series. There are a number of scenes at the beginning of the end credits, although quite what purpose they serve isn't clear, as they don't seem to have much to do with the rest of the film, but there is a reference to a potential sequel. They might just be there to add some gratuitous explosions. 21 Jump Street is an enjoyable, if somewhat daft on occasion, action comedy.
21 Jump Street egdcltd 2013-06-28 3.0 0 5
3/5
21 Jump Street
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Comments

May 20, 2013 10:03am
teddy9
this movie is to crazy <33
May 24, 2013 1:10am
egdcltd
It will be interesting to see what the sequel is like.
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