Opening in theatres this Friday from directors Phil Lord, Chris Miller and Columbia Pictures is a comedy that raises the bar with “21 Jump Street”.
This film tells the story of Schmidt (Jonah Hill), a young man in high school who doesn’t make it to the ‘in’ crowd like Jenko (Channing Tatum). Fast forward seven years and these two high school classmates find themselves in the police academy together.
A friendship quickly emerges as the two who are so different become very close. Their first assignment after a few mishaps is with the undercover high school unit located at 21 Jump Street in Los Angeles. Captain Dickson (Ice Cube) wants the boys to local and find the supplier of a drug found in high schools.
The two once again return to school and find that it has changed and the tables have turned. Getting the information, Schmidt becomes friends with Eric (Dave Franco) who seems to know how everything runs. He also meets Molly (Brie Larson) and relives his high school nightmare.
Jenko finds himself with the kids in classes such as AP Science who have a thing for technology. Trying to keep his head above water, Jenko likes being in high school again just a little bit too much.
It doesn’t take long before Schmidt and Jenko realize they need to focus on drugs and the supplier – and deal with high school later!
FINAL WORD: Hill as Schmidt is totally hilarious and sweet. It was interesting to watch Hill take his insecure but intellectually smart character and re-live almost every nightmare he ever had from high school all over again. Hopefully, now that he’s found his adult-comedy chops we will see more from Jonah Hill in the future. With his success from his last film “Moneyball” there is no denying we will.
Tatum as Jenko is the typical bonehead jock from high school that doesn’t change but the world around him does. Tatum plays it with a comical timing that is amazing and its clear that this actor loves what he is doing. Being touted as Hollywood’s “pretty boy” actor I can tell you after meeting him – he may be pretty but he is also sincerely funny, a little humble and a southern boy to the bone. Take THAT Hollywood!
I truly did enjoy the film and all that comedy it had to offer. There really isn’t a down moment in the entire film. Waiting for a good comedy was worth it as “21 Jump Street” proves to have a sense of humor all its own. There is something irresistibly funny about the film – period. There are so many laughs I’m going to have to see it again because I know I missed lines!
Other cast include: Rob Riggle as Mr. Walters, DeRay Davis as Domingo, Dax Flame as Zack, Chris Parnell as Mr. Gordon, Ellie Kemper as Ms. Griggs, Nick Offerman as Deputy Chief Hardy, Johnny Pemperton as Delroy and an appearance by Holly Robinson Peete as Officer Judy Hoffs.
TUBS OF POPCORN: I give “21 Jump Street” four tubs of popcorn out of five. Of course I went into the film thinking that it really sucks how Hollywood was taking a really cool television show and trashing it. Well, this took trashing to a whole new level of funny. Although I am still loyal to the original series, I think Tatum and Hill have started something here.
It is rated R for a reason so parents – you might want to keep the kiddies at home for this one. Don’t let it stop the adults from having a hilarious date night so grab your friends, your significant other or a stranger off the street and enjoy this film! Tatum and Hill will have you laughing!
In the end – they thought the streets were mean till they went back to high school!