Thursday, April 5, 2012

Movie Review: 21 Jump Street


"21 Jump Street" starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum.

I'm one of those people who didn't watch the television show, so I had no concept of what to expect when I went to go see this movie.

The premise is that these two bumbling cops go undercover at a high school to determine the source of a new drug craze that has already killed one student. The only reason these guys are chosen to work at 21 Jump Street is because they look young. They make a fool of themselves. They do everything they shouldn't be doing. They buy beer to give to underage students at a party. They steal weed from the police evidence locker to give to the students. They ingest the drug they're supposed to be investigating. They do hold off from having sex with any of the students. The love interest to Jonah Hill's character is, lucky for him, eighteen years old. I rolled my eyes at that. It was like she was always there waiting for him, tied up with a neat bow around her. There were some pretty predictable jokes, like the car explosion gag. Which one will explode? The one you least expect. The script definitely reflects modern youth. And because of that is why I didn't enjoy it as much as I enjoy other movies. Watching the characters trip out on drugs, get stabbed, make lewd, sexual jokes is simple comedy like "slap stick." It's an easy laugh. You know what to expect just like once the set-up of the cool kid and nerd was introduced, you know when they go back to high school, the roles will get reversed. I did think korean Jesus was kinda funny.

I didn't hate this movie, but I didn't love it either. I definitely would not have watched this movie alone nor will I purchase it on dvd. I'd give this movie 2.5 out of 5 stars.

-O.Pelaez

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