“Considering what passes for “comedy” these days… Adam Sandler…Cough…Cough, this has got to be one of the funniest films I’ve seen in a long while!”
21 Jump Street Review
By Simon Jago
Based on the 80′s TV show that launched Johnny Depp, 21 Jump Street is given a modern day face lift, this time starring Jonah Hill & Channing Tatum. The film has very similar comedy style to that of ’Superbad’, another of Jonah Hill’s most famous roles. I watched this movie on a long flight to America and within minutes I noticed I’d forgotten I was wearing headphones and was annoying everyone in my section of the plane with my loud laughter.
Jenko (Channing Tatum) & Schmidt (Jonah Hill) were polar opposites at High School, Jenko was a popular Jock who did badly because of his grades, and Schmidt was clever but could never get the girl. Now all grown up and graduates of the police force, the two find themselves working together at 21 Jump Street under Ice Cube’s ruthless Captain Dickson. After a school kid overdoses on a new drug circulating in a local high school, the two are sent undercover as high school students to find the supplier. Time for them both to relive their high school years.
The film itself is very amusing. Written by Michael Bacall & Jonah Hill himself, the comedy smacks of wit and there are some very funny banter sequences that play out through out the film. The chemistry between Hill & Tatum is brilliant, really showing a versatility to Tatum that he can play a role that makes fun of himself. All the performances are top notch, even James Franco’s little brother Dave Franco proves he can pull in the laughs. I would love to see a sequel or even more of this comedy partnership. Considering what passes for “comedy” these days… Adam Sandler…Cough…Cough, this has got to be one of the funniest films I’ve seen in a long while!