Dir. Phil Lord, Chris Miller
Reviewed by Matt Adcock
Get ready for a full throttle action comedy remake/reboot of the ‘80s TV Series 21 Jump Street that brought a certain Johnny Depp to public attention.
The 2012 21 Jump Street revisits the fun gimmick of having real cops going undercover as high school students. So meet brainy loser Morton Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and dim-but-hunky Greg Jenko (Channing Tatum), former school classmates who meet again at police academy.
Double directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller (of ‘Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs’ fame) ramp up the swearing, crude jokes and general authentic teen banter – which will offend some but is undeniably very very funny when it works as well as it does here.
The two leads are great, embracing their chance to go back to high school – but the delicious twist to this update is that everything has changed. When Jenko was a school he was ‘cool’ and the reason was that he made fun of those who tried, drove a gas-guzzling car and beat up weedy kids. Now he’s everything that isn’t cool - the kids are into eco-friendly projects and Glee, they value their education and frown on Jenko’s Jock mentality. It’s a good spin that reflects how society has moved on and is just one of the nice touches that mark this film out as one to watch rather than a cheap cash in.
"you'll believe cops can fly"
The plot sees Schmidt and Jenko assigned to try and stop a new synthetic drug that is being pushed in their high school from spreading to other campuses by finding the supplier. They go undercover as brothers, living at Schmidt's parents' house, and against all odds, it is Schmidt who manages to fit in with the popular kids and who finds loves with Molly (Brie Larson). Jenko however has to adapt to becoming pals with the misfits in his Chemistry class whilst fending off the romantic advances of his teacher Ms. Griggs (Ellie Kemper).
"Tom Wade cameos (the one on the right)"
It all builds up to an exciting climax at the school prom where the film kicks into action mode and is topped off by an awesome cameo.
This is one remake that delivers over and above the original – here’s to the mooted college based sequel!
4 – Very amusing and nicely judged high school cop fun
Awesomeness öööö – car chase scenen is a classic
Laughs öööö – you'll laugh for sure!
Horror öö – "I've been stabbed!... Awesome!"
Babes öö – Not highly babelicious
Spiritual Enlightenment öö – undercover role vs true feelings (again)
"Brie - not the cheese"