Tuesday, July 22, 2014
21 Jump Street (2012)
Starring: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube
Running Time: 109 Minutes
A pair of unlikely cops, Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) are taken off the streets and into a classroom after not following proper police procedure regarding a certain gang of drug dealers. The assignment given down by Captain Dickson, played by Ice Cube is a last chance undercover job to target and seize a new synthetic drug that is making it's way through a local high school.
Along the way, these two make a ton of mistakes, starting with getting their identities switched and it all goes down hill from there. High school has changed a lot since they were there. What once was considered cool is now not. Back when they were in school, Jenko was the popular kid-the jock, and Schmidt as you could guess was the nerd. Now Schmidt's hanging out with the cool crowd and Jenko's inviting the AP Chemistry nerds to a party they're throwing.
Jonah Hill has yet to disappoint, though I was a little worried about Channing Tatum after that train wreck that was Magic Mike. Buddy cop movies have been hit or miss lately, see my review of Ride Along. This movie was well directed and portrayed though, for a movie based on a television series set back in the late 1980s. I guess the only quirks I had with this movie was the gym teacher (Rob Riggle) and of course Ice Cube himself, who I've had a problem understanding why he's still making movies after that horrendous Are We Done Yet? We get it Rob Riggle loves a good dick joke, this movie had plenty of them mostly all by him. It got old really quick for anyone with a taste for comedy. As for Ice Cube, he was definitely not the worst thing to happen to this movie and some of his responses at the meeting with Schmidt and Jenko were surprisingly pretty funny.
Most of the humor, the chemistry that Tatum and Hill forms together in this are unbeatable in a movie. It'll make a perfect movie night with your friends and a bucket of popcorn. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing the boys in college, 22 Jump Street!
AP Chemistry, bitch!