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21 Jump Street (Blu-ray) [2012]
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 22 January 2013
This has been on the 'to watch' list for ages, and for some reason I kept putting it off. Perhaps I thought I was too old to enjoy this kind of film anymore (I'm 30) but when there was nothing else to watch I finally gave in and put it in the player; why did I wait so long? It is exceptionally funny with many, many laugh out loud moments. I actually had tears in my eyes more than once and that just doesn't happen often.

The casting is spot on and Jonah Hill in particular manages to nail his character. His delivery and mannerisms are excellent and he's really becoming a favourite in our house.

It's something really quite special, I can't recommend it highly enough. Every once in a blue moon a comedy comes along that is a riot from start to finish and this film achieves this with aplomb.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
In high school, Schmidt was a dork and Jenko was the popular jock.

After graduation, both of them joined the police force and ended up as partners riding bicycles in the city park.

Since they are young and look like high school students, they are assigned to an undercover unit to infiltrate a drug ring that is supplying high school students synthetic drugs....

Yes it's the movie version of that TV show that hardly anyone remembers in England but made Depp a star.

This goes down the Starsky and Hutch route, and goes funny all the way. It works on many levels, and instead of this being a gross out comedy, which it could have clearly gone down, it goes for subtle laughs and action, and relies on the cast chemistry to make it work.

It's Tatums best performance, he shines in this movie and outdoes anyone on the screen. He is easily the funniest thing, which is odd, because Hill is usually very good (here he is slightly annoying).

The story is predictable, as is the special cameo, and this sometimes hinders the flow of the film, but although the plot and narrative can be convoluted, the spin on changing the two leads status at school is a great inclusion to the film, as is the set piece which involves the two expecting things to explode, which sounds silly, but is funny.

So all in all, it's a film that shouldn't be funny, but it is, thanks to some great performances and a fresh feel to it all around.

Worth seeing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 10 July 2012
Schmidt (Jonah Hill -Superbad) & Jenko (Channing Tatum -The Vow) are a pair of dumbass new police recruits that went to high school togher. Jenko was the athletic jock, in with the cool kids but his grades sucked. Schmidt was the insecure slim shady wannabe nerd, trying to be with the cool kids. They helped each other out in police graduation, and now they are going back to high school as undercover narcotics cops. The only difference is this etime around, they have no idea how getting in with the kids works, and they're real life experiences are being flipped upside down as they change roles & experience what the other went through, all while trying to infiltrate the dealer & find the suppliers of a new drug called HFS. It's one crazy ride.

Overall i found the film to be very funny & absoloutley crazy with it's humour. The fact that they try to pass themsleves off as brothers adds to it, with Tatum a 6ft+ man mountain of hunk & Hill a squat big titty nerd. This is picked up on in the film as well, to say they arent taking themselves seriously would be an understatement, they look like they are having a blast, and that's exactly how it comes across on the screen. The car chases & shootouts were a nice touch too, counter balancing the comedy in places.

I was very impressed with Tatum's performance, usually he fails to impress me, but in this comedy role he seemed to have found his calling. Jonah Hill was his usual witty self, blasting out those usualy witty remarks, he really had his work cut out to match Tatum me thinks. Ice Cube (Boyz N The Hood) as Captain Dickson, was brilliant as the sterotypical black Captain, loud mouthed & quick with the quips, the best performance outside the lead pair. The teachers were pretty hilarious too, with Rob Riggle (The Other Guys) as the cocky, inmature gym teacher. Ellie Kemper (The Office) as the Chemistry teacher who has the hots for Tatum. The kids were cool too, Brie Larson (United States of Tara) & Dave Franco (Fright Night) although they didnt have as many good lines as the rest. Watch out for a certain Hollwood A lister's cameo near the end ;-)

In conclusion, 21 Jump Street is a good action comedy. The humour is rude & it's crude, so stay away if your easily offended. Reccomended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum rule in this politically incorrect comedy that had me laughing out loud. Jonah Hill shouting at a suspect running away, "I'm going to shoot you if you don't slow down." They go undercover to find the drug dealers at a high school. Having been out of high school for 7 years they find it hard to adopt to 2012. Ice Cube was great as the stereotypical angry black police captain who tells people to embrace their stereotypes. Jake M. Johnson is the principle. His first words are "I am just one more gay black kid being punched in the face from a nervous break down." The drama teacher tells his students, "I remember being in upstate New York doing cocaine with Willie Nelson's horse..."

The great one liners are seemingly endless. Jonah Hill tries out for the role of Peter Pan while Channing's chemistry teacher comes on to him. The guys forgot who they were and end up with each other identities. Jonah Hill is in drama and a "track star" while meat head Tatum is in the AP classes. The cops are bumbling in their roles but manage to get the job done. There are some social issues mentioned in the movie in a comedic fashion. One is the difference on how people view a black kid who dies from drugs as from a white kid. Another is the commercialization of education. Highly recommended comedy.

Frequent F-bombs, sexual humor, no nudity
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on 4 March 2013
Once I found out that 21 Jump Street is a movie based on an American TV show from the eighties I was kind of turned off. Most of the time movie remakes of old 80's TV shows are at best, ok. So to watch an American comedy based on an American show I had never heard of seemed like the worst kind of entertainment, the kind where I am left out of all the inside jokes and references. After watching it however, apart from one particular nod to the fans which I am not going to spoil here, I can confirm that your knowledge of the original show holds absolutely no bearing to your enjoyment of this film.

This film is funny, plain and simple, it's a funny script delivered by funny actors. The premise is that two rookie cops are given the assignment to pretend to be teenagers at a local high school to uncover a drug distribution network. This set up inevitably delivers some funny situations, such as a teacher having confusing feelings towards Channing Tatum's character and a particular drug induced scene that is funny on the same levels as the furry wall in Get Him to the Greek. The humour is very broad, ranging from low brow to slap stick to self satire, and everything in between.

For such a low brow comedy, the script, co-wrote by Jonah Hill, is pretty smart and more aware than most films set in high schools. For example our characters are pretty confused when they find out that the school isn't divided into jocks, cheerleaders and nerds. One of the pupils are gay and no one gives a damn also the popular kids actually care about their future and don't waste their time bullying people, all of this is very disarming to Tatum's and Hill's characters and leads to a fresh take on the high school dynamic.

Out of the two leads it is surprisingly Tatum who gets the most laughs, maybe because you don't expect him to be funnier than Jonah Hill, when he delivers lines with perfect comic timing you end up finding it funnier than from someone who you expect to deliver humour, sort of like the queen, break dancing instead of cutting a ribbon.

Although I wouldn't say this is a classic comedy, it certainly delivers better than most stateside "funny" films, with intelligent writing and jokes on every level, you are bound to find something that you like in this film.
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on 13 November 2012
'21 Jump Street' is a cop-buddy action-comedy film that released in 2012 and gained both, critical and box-office success. It's based on the 1987 television series, which had the same name. The series was a hit and starred my favorite actor, Johnny Depp whose career was kick started as a result of the success.

The movie tells the story of two incompetent cops (Channing Tatum & Jonah Hill) who go undercover in high school as students to investigate a drug problem.

I'll start with the minor critical points, the jokes sometimes become too crude too often and a little crazy. Also, the final third of the film loses the momentum slightly.

That said, I was taken aback with this blast of a ride. It's entertaining all the way and the clever jokes made me laugh numerous times. The action's also perfectly blended in and gives the feature an added oomph. Further to what I've said, the film also has some sweet scenes occasionally.

Another main reason why the movie worked was because of the cracking chemistry shared by the lead actors-cum-executive producers, Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill who play the mismatched cops. Both were a treat to watch. I knew Hill who also partly wrote the story, was funny but never thought Tatum could bring the house down as well. They must've really enjoyed themselves, it shows up on screen. My pick of the actors is O'Shea Jackson AKA Ice Cube who plays the stereotypical loud-mouthed Police Captain. He steals all of his scenes with gusto. Also, keep your eyes open for a surprise cameo from one of my favorite actors, and it's a funny scene too.

The direction provided by the duo, Phil Lord and Chris Miller is excellent. They've created a fresh and stylish comedy that succeeds in making you laugh, which is very hard nowadays.

In the end '21 Jump Street' is quite original, funny and one of the best comedic acts of 2012.
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VINE VOICEon 22 March 2012
This didn't sound great. Making a comedy out of the 80's cop show that starred Johnny Depp and helped launch his carreer sounded like it was going to be dreadful and then to cast the very wooden Channing Tatum in the lead sounded like a disaster. But as it turns out, 21 Jump Street is a very funny, lewd, rude and crude action comedy that mercillesly sends up both cop and high school movies while at the same time paying respectful homage to the original tv show. Every cliche from both genres is referenced and mocked from Ice Cube as the angry police captain to Channing Tatum not getting today's high school kids as all the people he used to mock in high school are now suddenly the cool kids. There's a great knowing one liner where the police captain at the start of the movie first gives the mismatched Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill the assignment that pretty much sums up mainstream hollywood movies, "we're reopening an undercover operation from the 80's" he says. "The people in charge don't care or have a clue about originality and are rehashing old ideas and hoping noone notices." Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill are very funny as the mismatched cops with Channing Tatum having great fun sending up his usually wooden parts in movies. Watch out for one of cinema's truly great cameos towards the end of the film too. While the bad guys are pretty easy to spot this is a fun film.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 8 November 2012
The comedy leanings are sublime and will ensure this film has a dedicated fan base. The usual mark for a comedy film to be funny is about 6 or 7 laughs, 21 Jump Street reaches that landmark in the opening 20 minutes of its 109 minute running length. The opening third might be manically funny and it might never reach that zenith again, however that's not a slight, the opening third is just that funny. Any film that makes me cry with laughter ensures it has a place in my heart. That 5 minutes sequence where Hill and Tatum have to take the drugs to prove themselves is the most I have laughed at a new comedy since Black Dynamite.

However funny, 109 minutes might be a bit long for a comedy and the middle third might not flow as easy as the rest of the film, but this is a dark horse of a film that came out of nowhere and won over many. This is an excellent film, directed with a perfect balance of the surreal and the touching by its directors and a dazzling script by Michael Bacall. The comedy might not be to everyone's taste and it might occasionally take the joke too far, but those who enjoy a weirder style of comedy will enjoy the hell out of 21 Jump Street.
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The setup of 21 Jump Street could easily elicit some groans and feeling of dread. Luckily the end result is one of the funniest most lovable comedies in recent memory.

Tatum and Hill as so perfectly mismatched that they end up being the perfect pairing. A comedic due that on paper doesn’t look as though it could muster up more than a snigger but in reality offer some real laugh out loud gems whilst maintaining a heart and decent enough story.

The laughs are thick and fast and play out perfectly in the capable hands of Tatum and Hill. The heart of this relies on Tatum and Hill’s chemistry. They bounce off each other like they have been best friends for years. Tatum in particular is a surprise hit with a comic timing few knew he had.

The action is overblown and great fun as well as the supporting characters (Stand up Ice Cube).

A lot of fun. The sequel has just shot to the top of the must see list.
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on 25 April 2013
Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum team up in this film who surprisingly make a great comedy pairing - assigned to find out the source of a drug ring inside a high school, they find themselves back to school as they relive the awkwardness of being a teenager again. With the roles reversed they must deal with the ups and downs of being a high school student once again along with trying to find out who started the drug ring. Hill and Tatum show they can work together as two rooky cops just starting out. It is really funny mainly due to the chemistry of Hill and Tatum and their new high school lives, Dave Franco also proves to be a standout as the new high school jock and is very funny (he previously acted in the 9th series TV comedy 'Scrubs' with Zach Braff).Very funny and there is talk of a sequel so hopefully the sequel will be just as good as this!!
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