21 Jump Street

THEY THOUGHT THE STREETS WERE MEAN. THEN THEY WENT BACK TO HIGH SCHOOL. 

Best buddies Schmidt and Jenko (Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum) are assigned to an undercover unit that infiltrates high schools, but as they hunt for drug dealers they also grapple with the overwhelming emotions of being teens again. A completely irreverent take on the 1987-1991 TV show that relies heavily on silly jokes, a tongue-in-cheek attitude and a very familiar (albeit heartwarming) message about male bonding. The Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs directors’ first live-action film has a midsection that drags, but is a lively ride featuring two very likable performances by the two stars. 

2012-U.S. 109 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Phil Lord, Chris Miller. Cast: Jonah Hill (Morton Schmidt), Channing Tatum (Greg Jenko), Brie Larson (Molly Tracey), Dave Franco, Rob Riggle, DeRay Davis… Ice Cube. 

Trivia: Several 21 Jump Street stars appear in cameos, including Johnny Depp. Followed by 22 Jump Street (2014).

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