Starring: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube, Brie Larson, Dave Franco, Rob Riggle
Directed by: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller
Written by: Michael Bacall
Rating: R (US) Running Time: 1 hr 49 min
If you’re going to grab a popular 80’s TV show and try to mine it for box office gold, look to 21 Jump Street for a clear example of how to do this right. Other than the basic premise, that being to hire young-looking police officers to enroll into high schools and investigate crime, 21 Jump Street the movie doesn’t have that much in common with the TV show.
Wisely self-deprecating, and totally played for laughs, this updated Jump Street features one of the best comic duos I’ve seen in years. Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill are perfectly matched, and the comedic chemistry they share is just priceless. I loved how effectively and efficiently their characters were introduced, and how they eventually became friends. Later when they are on assignment, I loved how the story turns the tables on our heroes expectations of high school life, and the adjustments they both have to make.
This movie is also a great satire on 80’s action movies, and seems to take great delight playing with the audiences’ expectations. Kudos should also go to editor Joel Negron for slicing this film up with an amazing sense for comic timing. The quick pace of this movie is great, and there is never a dull moment. It’s just a superior blend of great comedy timing, character chemistry, brilliant performances and solid writing.
If you were expecting this to be a cop drama similar to the series, then get ready to be disappointed! This is a great comedy through and through and does earn its R rating with a plot that involves drugs, some nudity and surprising graphic violence.
This isn’t an especially visual film, and would be serviced well enough on any device you care to watch it on.
The scenes in the movie when our two young officers are on drugs in the school floors me! Cutting back and forth between Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill as they go through the many emotional stages the drug forces on them. Cutting back and forth between Channing wrecking the high school band equipment, to Jonah Hill’s track meet. Hilarious!