21 Jump Street Review

Storyline:   A pair of underachieving cops are sent back to a local high school to blend in and bring down a synthetic drug ring.

Genres:    Action | Comedy | Crime

Release Date:  March 16, 2012

My Review:  This movie is based on the tv series which ran from 87-91 and starred Johnny Depp, who makes a cameo with his partner in the film. I’ve never actually watched an episode of the series but I’ve seen a couple of clips and it’s a drama unlike the film and I am generalizing but the show seems nothing like the movie besides the skeletons of the plot.

This movie has genuinely funny moments. The main characters surprisingly balanced each other even though it was jock vs nerd (which shows that we can all get along). I always found Channing Tatum to be a little stiff. His chemistry with Jonah Hill was slow at first, but quickly improved. If their chemistry on screen was off balance, I don’t think the movie would have worked out as well as it did.

Of course it has its lame moments, like Jonah’s character falling in love with a high schooler, but on the whole, it has a nice combination of comedy & action. At the end of the movie, I was left questioning why they didn’t just go undercover at a college rather than a high school. I always find it odd when there’s a huge age gap and older people play young people roles.

I’m not sure if avid fans of the show would approve of this movie but I’m sure the majority of the audience didn’t even know the show existed or that the movie is based on anything.

Superbad meets Hangover with a pinch of Bad Boys.. ok maybe not Bad Boys. With no comparison to Bad Boys, 21 Jump Street is worth watching 8/10.


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