21 Jump Street

21 Jump Street is an updated film version of an 80’s TV show of the same name in which youthful looking police officers are sent to go undercover at a local high school. This time two other young officers, Jenko (dumb but strong) and Schmidt (clever but a weakling), are punished after an arrest goes wrong and are made to pose as high school students to find out who is responsible for the dealing of a new lethal drug. But times have changed and both Jenko (Channing Tatum) and Schmidt (Jonah Hill) find high school even tougher the second time round.

It’s a pretty basic plot, but that’s really all it needs to be. 21 Jump Street is brilliantly funny and brilliantly mad. It’s written by Michael Bacall whose previous scripts have been the amazing Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and the anarchic Project X. It was also co-written by Hill who we all know can do funny. And here Bacall and Hill have written something thoroughly entertaining and gag-filled throughout.

The glue that holds the film together though is the pairing of Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill whose double act works perfectly. Surprisingly, Channing Tatum is the more interesting and funny of the two playing off his own jock persona and basically just taking the piss out of himself. That’s not to say that Jonah Hill doesn’t get the fair share of laughs too, but after the recent rubbish Tatum has been in, this film is a relief and it’s great to see him back on some sort of form again (so please Tatum, no more films like The Vow, hmm?).

Some of the minor characters are pretty funny too, such as Ice Cube as a ranting, angry police captain, the great Rob Riggle as the school’s gym teacher and Dave Franco (brother of James) as a popular drug-dealing student at the school. Brie Larson (previously seen in Scott Pilgrim) is also great as Molly, another student at the school who Schmidt falls for, and she makes for an interesting love interest rather than the normal vapid female role in a lot of male-dominated comedy films. And there’s one of the best cameos, probably of all time, in it as well. If you’ve read anything about 21 Jump Street then you probably already know who it is, seeing as how it was the worst kept secret ever. But it’s a cameo well worth the wait.

The main thing about 21 Jump Street though is it’s just a very, very funny movie filled with hilarious performances from all involved, especially from the pairing of Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill. If you haven’t already seen it, check it out while it’s still on at cinemas and have a laugh for a change.


~ by square-eyed-geek on April 5, 2012.

2 Responses to “21 Jump Street”

  1. Thanks for the review, I’ve been skeptical but may have to see Jump Street now : )

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