March 15, 2012

Movie Review: 21 Jump Street

It's time to head back to 37 Jump Street... I mean 21 Jump Street!

The new movie, 21 Jump Street, based on the 1987-1991 TV show hits theaters on March 16 and stars Noah Hill (Superbad, Evan Almighty) and Channing Tatum (G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra, The Vow) as Schmidt and Jenko, two screw-up rookie officers who've been transferred to the newly-recommissioned Jump Street Division, captained by Capt. Dickinson (Ice Cube). This movie takes place long after the TV series, featuring cameos from past actors in the show, as well as some returning characters from the original series.

The plot revolves around Schmidt (Hill) and Jenko (Tatum) playing brothers as their cover as they attempt to bust a drug ring in high school after a student dies from a new mysterious hallucinogenic drug. However, things have changed since these two were in high school. The jocks are no longer the cool kids, and the geeks are no longer the outcasts. And if that was not enough, the two forget their cover and switch places, so Schmidt is left learning about high school as an Athletics and Drama student, while Jenko is thrust into the world of Mathematics and Science.

While the original series focused on the experiences of a team and their difficulties reintegrating into high school, this movie focuses on Schmidt and Jenko understanding what the other went through the first time around. This understanding leads to Schmidt and Jenko further solidifying their post-school brotherhood with one another.

The movie contains action, comedy, and stupidity. Running gags include making pop-culture references about today's entertainment industry to action movie sequences you would expect blockbuster movies to possess.

If you're looking for a movie full of Michael Bay-esque explosions? You won't find it here. If you're looking for in-depth police procedures and police drama? You won't find it here. If you're looking for guys in awkward situations trying to be popular and kiss the girl? You've got it. Dry-humping? You got it! If you're looking for an arthritic grandmother with a stiff hand who needs some cock? You've got it here!

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