MOVIE REVIEW: 21 JUMP STREET (2012)Posted: July 11, 2012
Running time: 1 hour, 49 minutes
Cast: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Brie Larson, Dave Franco
Director: Phil Lord and Chris Miller
21 Jump Street is a funny movie, and to be honest, I’m very shocked. I’ll admit that I had very low expectations for this movie, which is why it took me so long to watch it. But after seeing Channing Tatum in Magic Mike, and after seeing him host Saturday Night Live earlier this year, I decided to give him a chance to show more of his comedic chops.
Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum share great bromance chemistry as the nerdy Schmidt and the athletic Jenko, respectively. Of course, the two characters run into the usual stereotypes: Schmidt is smart but out of shape, and Jenko is an idiot but very strong and fit. They use their strengths to help each other overcome their weaknesses, and after graduating from the police academy they are assigned to the lowly park patrol.
Their big break arrives when they catch a gang of drug dealers, but naturally they botch up the arrest (it’s funny!) and are re-assigned to a division on 21 Jump Street. Their assignment is to go undercover at a local high school and infiltrate a drug ring led by popular Eric (played by a very, very handsome Dave Franco).
What happens next are a series of misunderstandings, outrageous hi-jinks, and a few tender moments that teach the audience about loyalty and friendship. Overall this movie is very predictable but it still manages to be funny and entertaining. Hill is expectedly very funny, but Tatum, Franco, and Brie Larson carry their weight as well. In fact, I can’t think of one character that didn’t have a funny moment.
And for those who don’t know this yet, this movie is not a remake of the TV show. It’s actually a continuation of the series, which is pretty evident when Johnny Depp and Peter DeLuise make their cameos.
Am I the only person who thinks 21 Jump Street is worth watching? Let me know!