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      04.06.2014 21:35
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      A lot funnier than it has any right to be

      So, 21 Jump Street, the remake of the rather good original with Johnny Depp. The comic concept was two undercover cops are posted to a highschool to crack delinquent crimes by becoming highschool kids again. The remake some 25 years later not only reminds us how old Johnny Depp is (yes he cameos) but the right time for another go at it, high school a very different place these days and so scope for lot of fresh humor (unlike all the jokes in American Pie), hilariously unloaded here.The plan for the reboot (the sequel is already in cinemas) from directing team Phil lord and Chris Miller was the opportunity to do something new with the teen and cop genre, while still acknowledging its debt to the classics. The unlikely comic pairing of Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill pitch up as the two cops and surprisingly good chemistry. Hill took two years to convince the big hunky lug Channing he could be funny and so well worth the wait, delivering the comic hit of 2012.

      High school dropouts Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) are now dufus cops and have been reassigned from park patrol after yet another bungled arrest. They have been demoted to ?21 Jump Street', an undercover operation run by the angry Captain Dickson (Ice Cube). He has been looking for a couple of immature idiots to go undercover at a local highschool - their old highschool - where a new illegal high is about to hit the streets. Their mandate is to take down the drugs ring before the drug hits the other schools.The boys try to blend in, punching a gay black kid in the face not a great start, Schmidt hanging with the eco crowd, Jenko dumped with the geeks, the two groups most likely to take and supply drugs, according to Captain Dickson. After some early inroads by buying the drug off a kid called Eric (Dave Branco) in cool kids Schmidt is soon distracted by Molly (Brie Larson), Eric's girl. Jenko has other women issues, his physics teacher (Ellie Kemper) coming on to him; sure he is nearer 30 than 18. And as the boys get deeper into the case the more they end up trying to relive their high school experiences and achieve all the things they didn't last time around, Prom King and Queen now on the list.

      This is great fun and original and silly in equal measure. Hill and Tatum joyously embrace the stereotypes, laugh at themselves, and came up with a surprisingly funny film. Combining the two genres of cop and high school cliche works on so many levels and enough here for both young and older adults to enjoy. There are some hilarious scenes and running in-jokes and Johnny Depp cameos on cue and none more so than sending up the action cliches.The two leads build their chemistry and it's almost as if there is a moment where Channing Tatum finally twigs the point of the movie and goes with it and stops worrying about his career as lead hunk. You genuinely do laugh out loud here and like Mark Wahlberg's successful move to comedy, Tatum has the comic timing that few have. Jonah Hill does comedy loser like no other and so no problem there.For its $42 million it did a useful $200 million back, which is high for this type or comedy, especially lumped with an 18R certificate keeping the young kids out of the cinema, presumably because of the gratuitous promotion of drugs in the film. As I said the sequel is on the way as the boys go to college and so we can only hope for more of the same, a genuinely funny movie with a hunky and chunky comedic lead.

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        23.04.2014 22:27
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        21 Jump Street... Right up my street!

        Just yesterday I was sat flicking through the ample amount of films on netflix and I came across this little gem.

        INTRODUCTION
        The film is an adaptation of the 1987 series of the same name starring the ''oh so lovely'' Johnny Depp. The series involved hiring police officers that look young enough to be able to infiltrate high school students. I was a fan of the series so I thought I would give the film a go...

        STORYLINE and CHARACTERS
        The film centres around two police officers Schimdt (Jonah Hill - Superbad) and Jenko (Channing Tatum - Fighter). After failing to arrest a group of bikers they get given a special assignment. Schmidt and Jenko must go undercover to infiltrate a gang that have come up with a new synthetic drug... All at High School! Overall it is a great storyline, however, there is not much different from the series. It is enjoyable and laughs are around every corner.
        The nerdiness and innocence that Hill brings works extremely well with Tatums boyish charms and athletic physique (Ladies, you know what I mean). Ice Cube also plays apart as Captain Dickinson, giving off a typical character found in these types of films, but you cannot help but laugh at him.

        OTHER INFORMATION
        I would set this in the genre of action/comedy, and those who liked Jonah Hills previous films should really give this a go. It has a running time of around 109 minutes and is a 15 certificate. It does contain quite a bit of swearing and obviously images of drug abuse (not really suitable for the little ones).

        DVD FEATURES
        The features aren''t great but they do give you a look how the film came to be. On the DVD I have you can get the director and cast commentary (which in parts is funny but not really my cup of tea), Deleted scenes (There is a reason why they are deleted) and a "Back to School" featurette (the backstage look at how its made and some interviews with cast and crew... worth a look)

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        25.11.2013 20:01
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        A fairly entertaining movie which doesn't really break new ground.

        - Story -

        A couple of underachieving young cops who barely graduated (Schmidt and Jenko) are sent on an undercover job to pose as high school students to help bring down a drug ring operating in the school.


        - Thoughts & Opinions -

        This is a fairly amusing movie - its pretty formulaic but not without a few funny scenes. Its very much like movies such as Superbad. I guess its fair to say that its a stoner movie set in a high school, with the usual guys who should know better in the main roles as supposed undercover detectives, the defective detectives you could say.

        This movie covers pretty old ground, so its nothing new but its pretty entertaining none the less. It contains various instances of strong language and obviously drug references, it carries a 15 certificate which is about right, I'd say.

        There isn't much substance to the movie (pardon the potential drug related pun!), its mostly visual/slapstick comedy based. The best part of the movie, in my opinion, is/are the scenes between Ice Cube, who plays the local Captain and really lays down the law and the two main characters, Schmidt and Jenko.

        Some of the dialogue is quite funny, not witty just daft and silly/amusing and it features one or two dramatic chase scenes - its a parody of police movies for teens, I guess. Its funny when they talk about the unspoken rules of high school, returning to the school in their new roles they think they know how things work but of course, are sadly proven wrong - thats what the movie is like. Given there isn't a great amount of substance (for want of a better word) to the movie, I'm not sure there's a lot I can say about it. Its pretty amusing in parts due to the visual comedy but its nothing new and its not the kind of movie I'd be likely to want to watch again or remember much about days after seeing it.

        Its overly dramatic in some scenes, particularly towards the end, when there's a car chase involving limos which is quite entertaining to watch, the background musical score adding to the tension - the ending becomes quite thrilling and is pretty good, though the pace is a little slow earlier on (plot wise). Its pretty watchable and I'd imagine this would appeal to and be enjoyed by teenagers and young adults. Its pretty juvenile but its also fairly entertaining. It uses some funny bright colours and images to represent different stages in the process of being stoned which some might find amusing.

        I think overall this is an ok movie, its pretty formulaic but not without its appeal - some people will probably find it really funny and others will think its too predictable.


        - Would I Recommend It? -

        I guess that would depend on the person I'd be recommending (or not) it to - this is, in my opinion, by no means a new take on the genre, or anything extraordinary but it does provide a few laughs and is entertaining enough to be at least fairly watchable, which I imagine not all such movies are. To me its pretty clear middle of the line but everyones different, so you may like it more than I did I guess.
        Thanks for reading my review, I hope you found it useful. Many thanks for all rates and comments.

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          05.12.2012 00:01
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          A Good Comedy

          I had been looking forward to watching this movie for a while and finally got a copy of this to watch and it definitely lived up to my expectations from what I had heard but did not exceed them.

          Plot
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          Two cops go undercover at a high school in order to attempt to bring down a drug syndicate. Will they succeed or further enhance their reputation as cops who cannot get the job done.

          Cast
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          Jonah Hill - Schmidt
          Channing Tatum - Jenko
          Brie Larson - Molly Tracey
          Dave Franco - Eric Molson

          My Opinion
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          So the cast brings together Hill and Tatum and I'll be honest in saying I wasn't much of a fan of Channing Tatum. He is obviously a good looking guy and an actor that is more for the ladies so maybe this had something to do with it, but I had never really seen him anything as he isn't exactly in the biggest blockbusters. Jonah Hill I have been a fan of since Superbad and he fits in to the Vince Vaughn type of fast talking comedy and he seems to be one of those actors you either love or hate. Also to add that Dave Franco is indeed James Franco's younger brother and they do look very similar but I guess this is expected with siblings.

          The movie is a comedy and I found the first half to be much stronger than the second. Especially the initial scenes where Hill Schmidt and Jenko become friends and take down local druggies and this proved hilarious. It also warmed me to Tatum a little as he is quite an amusing guy and both the actors played of each other well. Soon they are sent to a high school as undercover students and I guess they can just about pass as students to those people that need to go to specsavers but I will ignore this point and move on. There is a slight twist where Jonah Hill plays the popular kid and Channing Tatum the smart one which was nice and away from what you would expect when these two actors were cast. Johnny Depp who came in the original also makes a cameo here which is cool but nothing I personally would shout about. I find Depp to have become far too mainstream and people just say he is amazing for the sake of it, but he really hasn't made any great movies in recent years.

          Overall it is a comedy that I do recommend and there is a lack of comedies these days. Well comedies that are decent so this made a nice change. I can't say I will look out for any movies with Channing Tatum in them but at least I can say that now I find him indifferent and won't not watch a movie as he is in it.

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          17.11.2012 22:16
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          Good film, recommended

          I had heard of the programme 21 Jump Street but I had no idea what it was about and had never seen any of it. When browsing the most popular films on Netflix this morning I was looking for something fairly lighthearted that I could watch whilst studying. This was high up in the recommended list of films and Netflix users had rated it with 4 and a half stars so I thought it was definitely worth a watch. This is a film only review.

          ==Plot==
          The film begins in a High School in 2005. We meet Schmidt, an Eminem fan but a little chunkier...and geekier. He doesn't have many friends and he makes a complete idiot of himself asking out a girl to the prom and being turned down, in the school corridor. After leaving school Schmidt decides to join the police. His partner is Jenko, a much cooler guy of around the same age. They both like to think they are excellent crime fighters but truth is their not. Finally, their superior has had enough. He is putting them undercover in a High School to bust a drugs ring. He hopes this will make them improve their skills, but will Schmidt and Jenko manage to place themselves apart from the students?

          ==Opinion==
          Schmidt was instantly loveable. He was geeky and picked on by the other kids so you couldn't help but feel for him. Therefore when he joined the police I was hopeful that he had found his calling and therefore would be able to leave the past behind him and make something of his life. Schmidt and Jenko are quite a hilarious team. They are both in their early 20s and are both very immature which is very amusing to watch, especially when they are carrying out an arrest.

          Going undercover of course is going to be difficult and it is hilarious watching the two men trying to settle into High School which, funnily enough has changed quite significantly in the 7 years they have been away. The genre of the film is definitely comedy, it really is a laugh a minute and although there is definitely a serious plot line to follow it is just overrode by the hilarity of the individual scenes.

          Both main characters of Schmidt and Jenko are likeable and typical of two young men. They are both underachievers in the police and they find that those working in parallel on similar cases are steaming on ahead with their investigations and making arrests whilst they are struggling to even get a lead!

          The plot flows well and it is interesting. The film puts a lot of emphasis on the way the two guys are trying to fit in with their younger peers which of course results in a number of mishaps and hiccups. This is fun to watch and it also makes the film feel really fast paced and I never thought to myself that I was getting bored, instead I was surprised when it finished as it seemed like it hadn't started that long ago.

          The acting is flawless and I never thought 'oh that's so and so from...' instead I saw all of the actors as their characters. It was easy to see them as their characters rather than thinking I was watching a film.

          ==Additional Information==
          The film was released in 2012.
          It is now available on DVD/Blu-ray and it is also being shown on some streaming services including Netflix.
          It stars Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum.
          It runs for 109 minutes.
          It is rated a 15 in the UK which I believe to be an accurate rating due to the reference of drugs throughout the film.
          IMDB viewers have given an overall rating of 7.2/10 for the film.

          ==Summary==
          I enjoyed this film very much and would recommend it to any fans of comedy. It was a laid back and easy to watch and it had an interesting plot that was easy to follow and enjoyable. The comedy included in the film is of a very high standard and I found myself laughing numerous times. The acting is absolutely flawless. I would definitely watch this again and recommend it to friends.

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            09.06.2012 23:29
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            Two cops sent undercover into a highschool to stop drug use

            I have to admit the only reason I watched this is because my friend kept going on and on and on about how amazing it was and she just wouldn't stop bugging me. I would've done anything to make her shutup, heck, I forfeited watching The Avengers for this film so I was hoping that it was going to be pretty damn good.

            21 Jump Street is about two cops, Schmidt and Jenko who are desperate to get assigned to one of the cooler missions. One day, whilst prowling the park doing the very important duty of stopping children from feeding the ducks, they spot a notorious drug gang across the grass. Thinking that this could be their lucky break, Schmidt and Jenko run straight for the gang determined to bring them to justice, but things don't go quite as planned. Jenko (Tatum) had never been good at school and fails to recite the memorandum and so the police is forced to let the gang leader go. After this disastrous attempt at an arrest, it is decided that Schmidt and Jenko are to be reassigned to an undercover mission to find out who the dealer and supplier of a new and dangerous drug is. The catch? They have to go back to high school. Jenko was always the cool kid in high school and Schmidt was the dweeb, but ten years have passed since these two were teenagers and things are a little different now.

            I thought it was a nice touch that Johnny Depp had a small part in this film given that he was the star of the 1980s-90s television series of 21 Jump Street. I had absolutely no idea that he was in this film prior to watching it and it really is a shock when he reveals himself. The rest of the actors are your typical comedy actors who are all extremely well accomplished and talented. I recognised just about every actor from either television or film, big and small time, and they were all fantastic. Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill were particularly impressive and really embodied their roles. I was afraid that this movie would get a bit silly what with adults pretending to be teenagers and false identities, but it didn't. Whilst the majority of this film is a bag of laughs, there are some more serious bits and these were also pulled off nicely by Tatum and Hill. Channing Tatum has proved himself to be a well rounded actor with his various roles in comedy, action and romance and I can't wait for his next release, Magic Mike, which is actually based on Tatum's life. Jonah Hill was really in his element in this film, playing the dork with no friends, except he actually does manage to get himself accepted into the 'cool' crowd, proving that he can also play the popular kid.

            This film is a little bit like Never Been Kissed (starring Demi Moore), except it's funnier and it's actually a good film (really not a big fan of Demi Moore). As I watch movies, I like to note down particularly memorable or funny quotes to share with you guys but at the end of this movie it felt like I'd written down the entire script. It was just that good. I was literally laughing non-stop from beginning to end and not just light hearted chuckling, full on laughing out loud. There are lots of twists and turns as Jenko and Schmidt get closer to finding out who the supplier of the drugs is and there's absolutely no way that I could've predicted any of the finishing scenes. This is an fantastic tale of friendship and brotherhood that is abso-frickin-lutely hilarious! I highly recommend this film to anyone looking for a good laugh.

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            07.06.2012 19:00
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            Good Adaptation to a TV series.

            I went to the cinema to watch this back in March and it was an absolute laugh. 21 Jump Street stars Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill and Ice Cube. I didn't know what I was letting myself in for as I'd never heard of it my friend just suggested we go watch. After watching I definetly recommend.

            The movie is about two newly recruited cops that have not been doing their job properly so they are sent to 21 jump street an undercover agency that send people on cases in schools/young people environments. The storyline for the movie is really good because they switch up stereotypes in school. An example of this the popular kids where Eco friendly and smart. It also has alot of action and comedy.
            The comedy in the movie is mostly crude humor so if you not a fan of crude humor I wouldn't really recommend this. They refer to sex alot in this movie. The action is really good in this movie it's not full of it but when there is it had me on the edge of my seat. Most of the action is at the end of the movie. There are quite a few explosions which is an action feature i really liked about this movie. There are also drug use, under age drinking in the movie to.

            Channing Tatum planned one of the undercover cop called Jenko that go to the school and is putting in geeky lessons after his profile is mix ip because they forgot their names. He has a hard time being the geeky one of the pair as he was popular when he was in high school for real. Jonah Hill plays the other undercover cop called Schmidt who's gets in with the popular kids he is happy because he was a geek in school and he finally gets to be how he always wanted to in school. They act as brothers whist undercover but are really just best friends. They play there rolls well After seeing who the cast where I was expecting Jonah Hill to be funny as he is known for his comedic rolls Superbad, Allen Gregory but Channing Tatum I havnt really saw much of him being a comedy character he is always serous or a tough guy so it's a nice change and I definetly like to see more of him like this.

            Ice Cube is always a funny character and he is in this. He plays Captain Dickson who Is the manager of all the undercover investigations going on. He is a bit of a pain manager to Schmidt and Jenko but it's funny the way he is aggressive with them and demands what he wants done.

            21 Jump Street is actually based on the tv series of the same name that stared Johnny Depp. I didn't actually know this until I typed 21 Jump Street into ciao when I started this review and a load of DVDs came up and I researched them.
            I have started watching the TV series and I must say they have really changed the whole genre of the show. This movie is a comedy and the series is more of a crime drama. Although they changed the genre I think both of them work in their own right and bring something different to the table.
            Johnny Depp's character returns at the end of the movie which comes as a nice little reunion for him and his partner who is played by Peter Deluise.

            The movie is rated a 15 and is on DVD from July 9th and Available to Pre-Order on Amazon for £9.99 . The movie last 109 minutes. The movie was directed by Phil Lord an Chris Miller. Thumbs up for this one definetly go see it if you get a chance.

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