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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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The late-eighties TV series is rebooted with jolts of sentiment, personal discovery, and wild comedy.
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.
A raucous, raunchy comedy.
This bracing new take on 21 Jump Street has a playful spark all its own. It's a blast.
A try-anything, fitfully amusing muddle that wears its mocking cynicism a bit too proudly.
"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.
A surprisingly sharp film that mixes several genres together - and then subverts them all.
Sure, references to "Glee" and Robert Downey Jr.'s drug years may not hold up quite as well in 20 years, but in an era of disposable pop culture, "21 Jump Street" is anything but, likely to be namechecked for a lot longer.
All in all, this is not the atrocity it could have been and offers plenty of laughs to followers of the original and the uninitiated.
... 21 Jump Street is consistently funny throughout, with a few really huge laughs peppered in the script.
Not that the original series was high-brow/must-see television, but I figured any remake of it in the 21st century would at least be far more ambitious than this tired bit of recycling.
Fast, funny and smarter than its dunce-cap demeanor lets on.
Ever watch a film that you didn't think would be any good but then were pleasantly surprised? And It was funny too? Viola!
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.
More of the same. A 100 min. (approx.) journey that wasn't jumpy enough to enjoy the ride. Besides, the casting disappointed big time.
"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.
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