Directed by: Phil Lord, Chris Miller
Written by: Michael Bacall
Starring: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum and Ice Cube
When Hollywood adapt old films and television shows for a young audience, they often try too hard to poke fun at the original as a way of being clever and witty. But with an audience who wouldn’t know, and quite frankly, wouldn’t care about something that had its run decades ago, sometimes its best to focus on celebrating the kind of comedy that makes us LOL today. And21 Jump Street does just that.
With only a couple of jabs at the 1980’s television series it recreates, 21 Jump Street has its own swag and comedic slap as Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill team up in a bromance cop-action flick that is spontaneously funny and even a little bit heart-warming.
As a high school nerd and jock meet up in the future in the same police academy, the two become best friends as they help each other pass their police training for the big badass job of taking down the bad guys. But as their incompetence and stupid antics land them in an undercover drug bust at a high school, both of them must get over their past shots at popularity in order to work together and get their jobs back on track.
Adding to the simple plot that comes with remaking the 80’s 21 Jump Street, Michael Bacall takes advantage of the cop genre, high school genre and plain stupid comedy genre to work laughs into every scene. And thanks to the great chemistry Tatum and Hill have onscreen as unlikely friends, 21 Jump Street makes fun of changing trends and modern day coolness with the perfect balance of humor coming from both actors.
With a sense of humor that is perfect for the very audience that its aiming at, 21 Jump Street is a comedy that makes all the right moves.