21 JUMP STREET
Action/Comedy, Rated MA, 105 Minutes
Starring: Jonah Hill & Channing Tatum
In high school, Schmidt was a dork and Jenko was the popular jock. After graduation, both of them joined the police force and ended up as partners riding bicycles in the city park. Since they are young and look like high school students, they are assigned to an undercover unit to infiltrate a drug ring that is supplying high school students synthetic drugs.
The A-Team, Dukes of Hazard, The Avengers (BBC), Flintstones, Scooby-Doo and now 21 Jump Street. I don’t know if any of these TV-to-movie ideas ever made a lot of money or rocked anyone’s world, but they must get some return or surely they would stop banging their head against a brick wall. I also think it’s time to stop banging my head against a brick wall, all of the above are much loved TV shows from my childhood and I’m sad to say I was sucked into seeing all of these underwhelming films on the big screen. That being said 21 Jump Street starts strongly teaming up Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum who work surprisingly well together as the rookie cops who can’t grow up, hence their perfect assignment. So you know it’s going to be childish, which is fine, but it doesn’t mean that the script has to be written by a child. Kids these days obviously think it’s funny to say F#*K and MOTHERF*^%ER, don’t get me wrong these words can sometimes be very funny, but when that’s all the script consists of it gets a bit boring. 21 Jump Street isn’t all F#*CKED tho, there are some MOTHERF*^%ING funny and entertaining chase sequences including Jonah Hill on a bicycle being very awkward. The day they endure at school tripping out on the drug they are trying to find the dealer for is also great. The finale shootout is also great fun and well-staged and it also provides a little treat for all those older folks who have just been having their memories of Jump Street tarnished… That’s almost three acts, if they just strung those scenes together they would have had a much funnier and shorter film. – Two and a half false noses.
Review out of five stars: ★★1/2
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