Before I start, let me just say this, someone needs to get Jonah Hill to endorse some kind of weight loss supplement, or procedure, or at least give him a Jared-like ad deal cause this dude knows how to lose weight. Good for you sir.
21 Jump Street is a remake of the old tv show of the same name that starred a young Johnny Depp. For those of you unfamiliar, the original tv show focused on a group of young-looking police officers, including Depp, that took on a variety of undercover roles in high schools and colleges, investigating drug-trafficking and abuse. The show covered a variety of topics and most episodes ended with a directly messaged moral to the viewers. The show ran for five seasons until finally coming to a close in April of 1991.
The movie takes on the same premise as the show did before it. Channing Tatum (The Vow) and Hill become unlikely partners after their experience in the Police Academy forces them to team up. However, with dreams of being movie cops (See Bad Boys, Die Hard, Lethal Weapon) the two of them quickly find there’s more to being police officers than car chases and gun fights. After a botched arrest, the duo are assigned to report to Captain Ice Cube down on 21 Jump Street.
For starters, this movie had and 96% and 94% rating from critics and viewers respectively, which is almost unheard of from a comedy, especially a comedy remaking a semi-popular tv show from the 80’s. So, it equally mystified me as it did hilarify me. One of the extended trailers I saw during the previews of another movie caught me off guard and left me laughing in the aisle. While usually a good sign, an uncannily hilarious trailer can also mean that the producers decided to throw every funny part of the movie in there and just pray. Anyone who dropped ten bucks to see the cast of Shaun of the Dead make dick jokes for an hour and a half in Paul knows what I’m talking about.
I think the guys behind this movie did a good job. The relationship of the two lead roles contrast each other in a natural and relatable way. Even more impressive, I think, is how they depicted high school life. Cliche popular kids have been replaced by the modern student; hard-working, unnecessarily opinionated, ethnically diverse, and not always athletic. Makes me fear for our future. In the new school, Tatum finds it hard to fit in with the popular crowd from day one, a clearly unfamiliar territory for the jock-stereotype. While Jonah Hill’s character, possessing traits formerly deemed unpopular, slowly finds his way into becoming befriended by the same group.
Overall, the movie did make me laugh a whole lot, and there was plenty of non-trailer scenes that did it. There were a few cheesy, somewhat forced jokes thrown in along the way, but that can be expected of any comedy. The movie pokes subtle fun at high school and comedy movie stereotypes. The plot actually had some surprising depth, for a comedy that is and I think the actors were the right choices for the roles they played. I’d recommend it for people looking for a good laugh. 7.75/10
Stay Thirsty My Friends,