21 Jump Street

Genre: Action, Comedy
Released: 2012

Rating: ★★★★½ 

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“21 Jump Street” is one of the funniest films I’ve seen since “Superbad”. It has the great, raunchy humor mixed in with great action and violent shoot-outs. From the get go, the movie makes the audience aware that they know Hollywood is out of ideas. As Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum sit in their captain’s office, The Captain goes on about how how everything is a re-hash of the 80’s. What’s great is that the movie puts an entire new spin on the classic 80’s TV show with Johnny Depp. Sure, there are very similar elements but it’s obviously much raunchier and more extreme than the TV show. The TV show, which aired from 1987 to 1991 was very serious and rarely contained any humor. I completely respect directors, Chris Miller and Philip Lord (“Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”), for giving the film their own voice. When you remake something or recreate a classic, you should always do it with your own spin. That is where Craig Brewer failed with the “Footloose” remake. Brewer essentially made a shot for shot remake of the Kevin Bacon classic. Read the Full Review