21 Jump Street Reviews
The chemistry between Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum is also really good.
The story follows Schmidt and Jenko, two young looking cops, as they are sent undercover into a high school to bust a dangerous drug operation. This set up provides plenty of opportunity for school related comedy, police action and buddy cop action-comedy. Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum work well in the lead roles and their chemistry is what makes the film so humorous, in lesser hands some of the jokes just would not have worked. Their take on high school and what it means to be popular is actually quite interesting as well as being amusing. The film's strength is that it knows exactly what it is and instead of falling into genre clichés it makes fun of them. This self-awareness is right at the heart of the film creating strong comic material which, when handled by the talented cast, really works.
21 Jump Street is simply very funny but it has interesting ideas that make it really stand out. It is a blueprint of how to make an unnecessary unwanted reboot. In modern cinema, this is very refreshing.
The original series was a complex drama that did not shy from presenting a serious debate on society, whereas this movie is just here for dumb laughs. I seriously question the producers decision to title this film after the series when just about any other name would have done well enough, specially considering the celebrity power it already has, unfortunately this feels like it has tarnished the reputation of a classic series while creating something that will ultimately just be a good watch, whenever there is nothing better.