21 Jump Street (2012)



Critic Consensus: A smart, affectionate satire of '80s nostalgia and teen movie tropes, 21 Jump Street offers rowdy mainstream comedy with a surprisingly satisfying bite.

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In the action-comedy 21 Jump Street, Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) are more than ready to leave their adolescent problems behind. Joining the police force and the secret Jump Street unit, they use their youthful appearances to go undercover in a local high school. As they trade in their guns and badges for backpacks, Schmidt and Jenko risk their lives to investigate a violent and dangerous drug ring. But they find that high school is nothing like they left it just a few years earlier - and neither expects that they will have to confront the terror and anxiety of being a teenager again and all the issues they thought they had left behind. -- (C) Sony Pictures
R (for crude and sexual content, pervasive language, drug material, teen drinking and some violence)
Action & Adventure , Comedy
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Jonah Hill
as Schmidt
Brie Larson
as Molly Tracey
Dave Franco
as Eric Molson
Rob Riggle
as Mr. Walters
DeRay Davis
as Domingo
Ice Cube
as Captain Dickson
Dax Flame
as Zack
Chris Parnell
as Mr. Gordon
Ellie Kemper
as Ms. Griggs
Jake M. Johnson
as Principal Dadier
Holly Robinson Peete
as Officer Judy Hoffs
Justin Hires
as Juario
Caroline Aaron
as Annie Schmidt
Joe Chrest
as David Schmidt
Rye Rye
as Jr. Jr.
Jaren Mitchell
as Sanders
Johnny Simmons
as Billiam Willingham
Keith Kurtz
as DJ Ay Papi
Peter Epstein
as One-Percenter #1
Anthony Molinari
as One-Percenter #2
Luis Da Silva Jr.
as One-Percenter #3 - Luis
Dominic Alexander
as One-Percenter #4 - Lukas
Mike Seal
as One-Percenter #5 - Ed
Spencer Boldman
as French Samuels
Chanel Celaya
as Melodie
Carol Sutton
as Hamilton Principal
Andrea Frankle
as Cinnamon
Tiffney Wagoner
as Prostitute
Andrea Madison
as Prostitute
Hristo Birbochukov
as Accompanist
Candi Brooks
as VW Bug Driver
Haley Elizabeth Farris
as Eric's Friend
Brittany Alger
as Eric's Friend
Joshua Nelms
as Naked Drama Threesome
Courtney Jarrell
as Naked Drama Threesome
Melissa Cordero
as Naked Drama Threesome
Beau DeLatte
as Adorable Boy
Mark Adams
as Police Chief
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Critic Reviews for 21 Jump Street

All Critics (210) | Top Critics (43)

The late-eighties TV series is rebooted with jolts of sentiment, personal discovery, and wild comedy.

Full Review… | March 25, 2012
New Yorker
Top Critic

The whole crew makes clear its affections for action cinema, trashy television and the YouTube generation alike while having fun at the expense of all three.

Full Review… | March 16, 2012
Top Critic

A raucous, raunchy comedy.

Full Review… | March 15, 2012
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

This bracing new take on 21 Jump Street has a playful spark all its own. It's a blast.

Full Review… | March 15, 2012
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

A try-anything, fitfully amusing muddle that wears its mocking cynicism a bit too proudly.

Full Review… | March 15, 2012
Globe and Mail
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"21" makes clear from the beginning it is gobbling up some pop culture refuse in the name of nothing more than making fun of it and having fun with it.

Full Review… | March 15, 2012
Detroit News
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Audience Reviews for 21 Jump Street

21 Jump Street was an unexpected surprise. It's the funniest film of 2012 and amidst all the laughs manages to accurately portray the modern day high school. While the script is smart and the self-referential jokes are welcome, the movie belongs to its stars Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum. They are a great comedy duo. This movie alone made me a fan of Tatum.

Edward Boxler
Edward Boxler

Super Reviewer

More of the same. A 100 min. (approx.) journey that wasn't jumpy enough to enjoy the ride. Besides, the casting disappointed big time.

familiar stranger
familiar stranger

Super Reviewer

"21 Jump Street" may seem like a pointless reboot/remake of the classic Johnny Depp television show, and it pretty much is, but the thing that makes this film so great is the fact that it acknowledges that it is unoriginal and comes up with jokes that are actually funny! Something that has been missing from many comedies lately. The subtle points the film makes about being a film are hilarious, the chemistry between Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill is arousing (watch the movie to see what I mean), and the directing is fantastic. The pace of this movie could not have been any better. Also, I welcome with open arms, James Franco's brother Dave, who, in his very first film role is great, even though some of his characters dialogue is a bit over-the-top. This is a film that should have been a disaster, but turned out to be a laugh-out-loud genius comedy. There are also some cameo's and some hidden background elements that pretty much trash the fact that films have too much product placement. Even though some parts go a little too far, and there are a lot, and I mean a lot of dick jokes, "21 Jump Street" is the best comedy of the year so far, and overall probably one of my favourite comedies.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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