16 March 2012
Action | Comedy
Police officers are the men and women of civil service who protect us from all the bad people in the world. Yeah they sometimes they give us speeding tickets, break up our parties, catch us smoking funny things, but in essence they are the good guys. However, while most cops are usually dependable and capable, sometimes the younger ones may not be the brightest bullet on the belt. Just imagine if Jonah Hill (Superbad, Get Him to the Greek) and Channing Tatum (Step Up, The Vow) were your local narcs. God help us.
Morton (Hill) and Greg (Tatum) start out as high school students, but one is an awkward dork and the other a dumb jock. Neither of them are allowed to attend their high school prom, one because he can’t get a girl and the other because of poor grades. As they grow up to adulthood, they are very shocked that they are both in the same police academy, one is very smart, the other is very athletic. After a failed drug bust (on bicycles), they are reassigned to a special police program: 21 Jump Street. There, in an abandoned Korean church, they report to foul-mouthed Capt. Dickson, played by Ice Cube (Boyz n the Hood, Friday). He wants them to infiltrate a local high school to track down a drug ring the teens are running. This means the 25 year olds have to be young again, and once they arrive they are very out of place. Suddenly the cliques aren’t understood, gay jokes aren’t kosher, and the boys are accidentally placed into the wrong classes. Now Morton is cool and popular for the first time, while Greg is in with the geeks. Their personal lives are taking over the job, and the drug connections are more dangerous than they imagined.
Based on the popular TV series of the late 1980’s, we are taken from an after-school special to stoner comedy. In short, it doesn’t work. The guys are supposedly narcotics officers, yet they host a party serving alcohol and marijuana to teenagers (pot isn’t illegal, is it?). Chase sequences and action scenes are kinda funny but are more concerned with blowing s*** up and throwing in celebrity cameos (Johnny Depp shows up). Plus, this movie might set a record for the most “d***” jokes in cinema history. On the other hand it is fun to see Hill (an Oscar-nominee) and Tatum (a hunky heartthrob) playing total idiots for 110 minutes. Look closely for references to other movies with “Heavy Metal” and “Die Hard”.
“21 Jump Street” is not a good movie, but for those who watch movies to waste time with phallus humor this might have enough jokes to keep your short attention span.