Based on the previews and cast, the absolute last thing I expected from ’21 Jump Street’ was to love the movie and give it a great review. Yet there’s no denying that I laughed the entire time. Here’s why:
’21 Jump Street’ isn’t your average big-screen remake. From the moment the undercover police program is revealed to our central characters, the movie keeps poking fun at itself. The lieutenant who assigns our misfit leads (Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill) to the program describes it as a “canceled undercover program from the ’80s.” The characters reply with lines like, “Wouldn’t that be lame for the industry heads to shamelessly bring back something so old?” Sure it is. And everyone behind the production knows that and uses it to the audience’s advantage.
Get ready for non-stop laughter. Jonah Hill was a funny side character in his older movies, but since he’s tried leading roles, he’s become quite annoying. Channing Tatum has always bugged the hell out of me, the only exception being his comical bit role in ‘The Dilemma‘. ’21 Jump Street’ teaches us that Hill actually can be funny in a leading role, and that Tatum has no need to ever be in sappy romantic dramas ever again. This guy was built for comedy. Only making things better are the awesome supporting cast members: Dave Franco (James Franco’s little brother), Bree Larson, Ice Cube, Rob Riggle, Chris Parnell and Ellie Kemper.
As you can tell from the trailers, ’21 Jump Street’ is an R-rated buddy movie in a similar vein as ‘Pineapple Express‘, only less cult-ish. I promise that you’ll constantly be entertained. If you were a fan of the original series, pay attention and you’ll find some fun and unexpected little easter eggs placed throughout. If you know nothing about the original but love a strong crude comedy, then you’ll thoroughly enjoy what ’21 Jump Street’ delivers.