21 Jump Street
Published: Monday, March 26, 2012
Updated: Thursday, July 5, 2012 15:07
In an era dominated by a lack of originality, sequels and remakes reign supreme. In most cases, these turn out dull and boring. Movie-makers get a quick buck based on name recognition, and the public gets to feel a little nostalgia and a lot of disappointment. That’s why 21 Jump Street, a remake seemingly nobody asked for, is so surprising.
Jonah Hill (who also wrote the movie) and Channing Tatum play a pair of cops, who — thanks to their bumbling incompetence — are sent undercover at the local high school to bust a drug ring.
While the original 21 Jump Street, starring Johnny Depp, was a television drama, the remake is a self-aware comedy that will have you laughing throughout. The dick jokes are plentiful, which is a given considering Hill’s inclusion, but the movie also hits a nerve for anyone who wishes for the chance to go back to high school and do things differently.
Tatum, who people will remember for his stone cold good looks in romantic movies like The Vow and Dear John, shows he’s more than just a pretty face. He fits in perfectly with Hill and his comedic chops more than keep up with his foul-mouthed partner.
21 Jump Street is smarter than all the dick jokes would indicate, and is a funny take on the usually stale buddy-cop formula. Thankfully, it’s smart enough to know you’re there for the dick jokes, which you will laugh at – a lot.
(20th Century Fox)
- Matt Horner