21 Jump Street The Movie 2012 Review
21 Jump Street Moo-Vees Review:
In 21 Jump Street Schmidt, JONAH HILL, and Jenko, CHANNING TATUM, were high school students; Schmidt was clever academically but un-sporty and a miss with the girls, while Jenko was the opposite. Neither of them got to attend the school formal. Seven years later they’re rookie cops, so inept they can’t remember the caution they are supposed to give suspects when they arrest them.
Phil Lord, Chris Miller
Michael Bacall (screenplay), Michael Bacall (story)
For this is the very kind of dopily clever laugh-fest that Tropic Thunder almost was, and Pineapple Express should have been.
That should be recommendation enough to drop everything and grab a ticket. Especially if silliness at its most sussed is your thing. (And at its most sustained as well. Too many comedies these days run out of laughing gas too soon. Not this one.)
First things first: do not be fooled by the tacky outward appearance of 21 Jump Street. Dumb comedies with jokey smarts like those in play here are hard to find, and easy to recognise.
At the top of its game, 21 Jump Street hits peaks of amusing absurdity not scaled since the Will Ferrell masterpiece Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.
Secondly, fans of the 1980s TV show that bounced Johnny Depp to the big time need to know their 21 Jump Street resides a universe away from the hilarious address here.
This is not a remake, a reboot or a rehash in any shape or form. The filmmakers have helped themselves to the same title and same ridiculous premise – adult cops going undercover as teenage students at crime-riddled high schools – and let the rest be.
All you need to know of the plot is that Channing Tatum (The Vow) and Jonah Hill (Superbad) play two rookie/rube policemen with a lot to learn once they hit the classroom once more.
They’ve been sent there by their hyper-cliched hard-ass of a boss (Ice Cube, dispensing laugh-out-loud profanities at an Olympic level) to crack a sinister drug ring.
En route to cracking the big case, both would-be heroes find themselves experiencing school in a polar-opposite manner to what transpired in their youth (the brilliant flashback sequence that opens the movie sets the grandiosely goofy tone of much to follow).
If you haven’t seen the trailer or read too much, you will be coming to the picture at a distinct advantage.
The funniest set-piece sequences (including a car chase that fails to observe every rule in the book) spring the element of surprise to perfection. Even the lamer jokes win laughs due to the momentum achieved by the stronger material in play.
Make no mistake, there is a fresh, focused and undeniably funny comedic sensibility that stays to the fore throughout. Miss it, and your world will be a less mirthful place than it could have been.