21 Jump Street

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Time Out says

Posted: Thu Jul 21 2011

The ’80s TV show that made Johnny Depp famous may not be an obvious choice for a big screen follow-up, but casting Channing Tatum opposite Jonah Hill is a no-brainer. Tatum is Jenko, a jock-turned-cop who reluctantly teams up with his high school contemporary, brainy misfit Schmidt (Hill). Together, they might just last it out in the LAPD – that’s if they can stop bungling arrests.

One such blunder lands them at 21 Jump Street, the resurrected ’80s programme that places puppy-faced cops undercover in high school. Posing as brothers, Jenko and Schmidt return to the halls. But it turns out times have changed.To Jenko’s horror, it’s now cool to be eco-friendly and wear your backpack with both straps. Added to that, the high school pecking order puts Schmidt in with the popular kids and jock Jenko with the nerds.

This twist ushers in some witty observations of that constantly evolving beast: the American teenager. Meanwhile, Hill is reliably amusing as the geek in awe of girls and laid-back Tatum builds on the comic chops he showed in ‘The Dilemma’. Naturally, the pair end up doing everything their boss (Ice Cube) tells them not to, and while a drug-taking sequence is predictable, it’s also laugh-out-loud funny.

It’s a shame that ‘21 Jump Street’ falls down both on plot and action – the car chases are a real bore. Save a cameo from a certain A-lister, the third act is vastly inferior. But thanks to charming leads and a smattering of laughs, this is still worth a punt for fans of light buddy comedies.
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UK release:

Fri Mar 16, 2012

Cast and crew

Director:

Phil Lord, Chris Miller

Cast:

Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Johnny Depp

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Zack

This film is stupendous. The two leads (especially Jonah Hill, who steals the show) are brilliant. The film is very funny and I highly recommend it.

Zack

This film is stupendous. The two leads (especially Jonah Hill, who steals the show) are brilliant. The film is very funny and I highly recommend it.

Thomas Noctor

Comedy of the year by a mile. Great buddy movie. Going to get it on blu ray as soon as its released.

Thomas Noctor

Comedy of the year by a mile. Great buddy movie. Going to get it on blu ray as soon as its released.

mr shamalama

it was a great film i ate about one onion baji throughout the film but i could'nt understand it cause im jappaneeze

mr shamalama

it was a great film i ate about one onion baji throughout the film but i could'nt understand it cause im jappaneeze

ric

i picked up 3 points speeding while going to cinema so as you can imagine i was pi$£ed off but i very much forgot all about it when the movie started till finish which means i loved the movie & forgot all about my ticket worries. Film was brilliant-go see...just watch your speedo on those sunny days & scumbags popping out from bushes with speed gun :-$

scrumpyjack

Biggest laughs for ages! Totally ace and could quite possibly end up in my years top 10. 8/10

Orbico

A 3 star review is an insult! It’s the best film I’ve seen in a very long time! I bet the critic who wrote the review likes films like “Driven� and “Lost in Translation�. If you like these two films I mentioned don’t watch this film as you are clearly different.

Orbico

A 3 star review is an insult! It’s the best film I’ve seen in a very long time! I bet the critic who wrote the review likes films like “Driven� and “Lost in Translation�. If you like these two films I mentioned don’t watch this film as you are clearly different.

Sutton

I thought the film was funny, it did not disappoint, especially if you’ve seen the trailers. A few clichés and a poor stage scene, but otherwise a good night out.

Mrs Miggins

RJ: The cameo was common knowledge - and the cast list is always a clue! FYI I reviewed it before she bothered to. The critic sounds as if they've just copy and pasted the press release. zzzzz. The film is worth more than that; it's a great laugh and if she isn't into this film genre - they should have sent a reviewer who is.

Rachel

seriosuly. THE best film ive ever seen. i laughed so hard my cheeks ached the whole way home. seriosuly fucking amazing!! so so funny. 10,000 stars!

Rachel

seriosuly. THE best film ive ever seen. i laughed so hard my cheeks ached the whole way home. seriosuly fucking amazing!! so so funny. 10,000 stars!

Ian

The review is pretty much on the button. The majority of the audience tonight seemed to be teenagers or in their early twenties and seemed to find it funner than I did. Perhaps it is a generational thing but I am sure I have seen this film many times before. Pleasant enough and funny in places but most of the gags including the geeks and hookers at the prom have been used before. Amusing in places but sometimes cliched its worth 3 stars.

Mrs Miggins

Following in the footsteps of Superbad, 21 Jump Street is equally funny and also stars Jonah Hill as the fatboy nerd. I'm no critic, but this was hilarious and most of the cinema was screaming with laughter. Telling peeps that something's funny raises their expectations, sometimes setting the scene for disappointment, but that's really all that can be said about the film. I never saw the TV series, but Johnny Depp makes a cameo appearance and Ice Cube plays the Big Black Bad Ass Boss. Go see it for a laugh!