21 Jump Street
Cast: Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill
Writers: Michael Bacall, Jonah Hill
Directors: Phil Lord, Chris Miller
***'s out of four
In High School Schimdt(Jonah Hill) and Jenko(Channing Tatum) were never the best of friends. Schmidt was the nerdy kid that got picked on and teased byJenko the popular jock. When both of them appear at the same police academy they become friends because Schmidt can help Jenko with his education and in turn help Jenko with some of the physical work. I'm not quite sure why they couldn't have established this bond back in High School but for this kind of movie it's best not to ask a lot of questions. Both characters graduate from the academy, but do not get a life of being bad ass M.F's. Instead they get to be bike officers at a local park. Feeling a bit embarrassed by the situation, the two rookies hope to bust some real criminals so that they will be promoted. After they foil an attempted arrest of some drug dealers they are sent as undercover unit to spy on a drug ring that is happening at a local school.
The Chemistry between Tatum and Hill are incredible. Tatum has some really great comic timing and has no problem poking fun at himself that I quite admired. Hill still has moments where he is still the wild goofy one, but is able to pull back and be a real person instead of a just a cartoon character he has played in other flicks. I even love it that they acknowledge how the two undercover agents look too old to be in High School which wasn't even addressed once on the show. It was also great to see both characters switch lives when they go back. They get to experience what was good and also what was bad about about each other's past. Actors Rob Riggle and Ellie Kemper also add a lot of humor to this story and so does Ice Cube and Brie Larson
The only flaw of this movie and it's a real minor one too. The love interest between Brie Larson's character Molly and Jonah Hill's character Schmidt just felt a little bit wrong for me. He didn't even check to see if she was legal or not before he started flirting with her. The guy's a cop and already he could be looking at charges of statutory rape if he's not careful.
This is by far one of the best TV shows made into movies since "The Brady Bunch" and I wish I would have caught this sooner.