Mar 29, 2012

21 Jump Street Review



Premise:
Morton Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Greg Jenko (Channing Tatum) are on two completely opposite spectrum of the social food chain in high school. Schmidt is a Eminem-poser loser and Jenko is a popular jock. Several years later they enroll in the same police academy where Jenko frequently flourishes in the physical trials but fails at the written tests, and Schmidt just the opposite. The two form a bond together and help strengthen the other's weaknesses, but a disaster of a first-arrest gets them booted from their cushy office and into a secret police program based out of a church at 21 Jump Street. Their mission is to go undercover at a high school where a new synthetic drug is running rampant, infiltrate the cartel and bag the supplier.


Standouts:
Dave Franco is amazing actor for his age. You may have seen him before in his brief stint on Scrubs as Cole Aaronson who believed he could get away with whatever hijinks or slacking off he wanted to because his family has donated a large amount of money to Sacred Heart Hospital. Or you may just know him as James Franco's younger brother. Either way, he is a marvel at playing an antagonist. Just so much fun to hate.

Bravo to Channing Tatum who had previously been labeled as a decent actor who starred in terrible films. Apparently women love his other film currently out, The Vow, but critics have mostly panned the it, making 21 Jump Street the official jumping off point of his career cold streak! Tatum and Jonah Hill had great chemistry together which really made this film impossible to hate.

I also loved all the blatant in-your-face satire put into the film about the modern day film industry, as well as cameo appearances.


My Highlights:
There were so many highlights it's hard to pick just a few, but I'll do my best.
- DEA agents
- Gay kid
- Car chase scene
- Arresting the bad guy
- Tripping on drugs


Overall Rating:
There really isn't a bad thing I can say about the film. I loved every second of it and laughed until I hurt. I should have expected nothing less from a Michael Bacall written film, who also co-wrote Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. 5 *'s out of 5! A perfect score!


When You Should See It:
You should have seen it March 16, 2012 when it came out, but at your nearest possible convenience would be fine too. It is a necessity that you see this film. It has single-handedly restored my faith in cinema.

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