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A pound of weed...
on 5 March 2014
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.