21 Jump Street (8/10)
by Tony Medley
Channing Tatum, and Jonah Hill, in that order, make this teen comedy
truly funny. Tatum and Hill are two mismatched former high school
classmates who become policemen and are assigned to go under cover at a
high school to catch drug runners.
Phil Lord and
Chris Miller direct a good script (Michael Bacall from a story by Bacall
and Jonah Hill and based on the TV series by Patrick Harburgh and Steve
Cannell). This could have been excruciatingly bad, but the pace is well
maintained and Tatum's acting as a dunce stays on the right side of a
fine line between comedy and stupidity.
parts of the movie are when Ice Cube appears as the profane, angry boss
of Hill and Tatum.
The film is
filled with F-bombs and scatological jokes that some might find
offensive, but it is a high school movie and the off color jokes and
language are generally humorous, unlike most of the genre. Adding charm
to the film is Brie Larson as the high school girl who captures Hill's
heart. But other supporting performances also stand out, particularly
Rob Riggle (a former combat-hardened marine in real life before he
became an actor), who plays a coach at the high school, and Chris
Parnell who plays a goofy acting teacher.
This is a fine
screwball comedy in the old tradition that had me laughing out loud.