A feel-good cop comedy is probably not something that most people would go out of their way for, but with the unlikely yet endearing partnership of Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, 21 Jump Street exceeded my expectations.
An R-rated remake of the 80s TV show of the same name starring Johnny Depp, this comedy action flick follows the juvenile attempts of two undercover cops (Hill and Tatum) solving a drug ring at a high school.
Channing Tatum has found his medium. Having recently watched The Vow and of course knowing him from Step Up, I wasn't expecting much from him. Boy, was I wrong. Tatum holds his own alongside Hill. But it's gotta be said that Tatum looks way too old to be cast as an undercover high school kid.
Jonah Hill is as always hilarious, but he also lends his sense of humour to writing the story; and he seems to have shrunk to half his size for the film.
Dave Franco, much like his brother James, is very easy on the eyes. Ice Cube doesn't really add to the comedic topography - he should probably stick to rapping (tick tick boom). But Brie Larson, who plays Hill's love interest Molly, is as cute as a button (and very likeable especially when compared to her somewhat arid character in United States of Tara).
The film (and the cast) don't take themselves seriously, which I appreciate. I'm also glad that the cheap shots and vulgar humour are intersected with amusing banter.
A plethora of high school stereotypes are brought to life, rehashing adolescent cliques into geeks, goths, jocks and hipsters.
Yes, the humour isn't high-brow by any stretch of the imagination, but that's not why you set out to watch a buddy cop show such as this. Regardless, I was thoroughly entertained.
Writer Michael Bacall manages to squeeze in a fair amount of LOL - worthy material into this fun-filled party flick. And a notable cameo makes an unexpected appearance towards the end.
Directors: Phil Lord and Christopher Miller
Duration: 109 minutes