'21 Jump Street' Review By kbelliveau

I found myself heartily laughing, and mustering up all the cheer I could find while rooting for these two misfit characters. Really in the end from a comedy that is all you can hope for.
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After botching a drug bust, detectives Jenko and Schmidt are sent back to high school in order to bust a new synthetic drug operation. They must adapt to the new ways of high school, having been out for nearly seven years. The pair is sent back to classes, where they must deal with new cliques and changing social circles. Their mission is simple, find the dealers and infiltrate the suppliers.

To be honest, when first looking into this movie, I believed that it was going to be a flop. It seemed too much like every other comedy movie Jonah Hill had been in previously; high cchool partying, explicit jokes and crude comedy. Jonah Hill is known for that, throw in Channing Tatum and it appears on the surface as though you have a very stereotypical comedy.

I was completely wrong in that presumption. 21 Jump Street is fantastic at capturing the modern high school life. Different cliques, things that used to be considered nerdy are now cool. Those who were once popular are now just considered ignorant jocks. 21 Jump Street took the conventional cast idea; the popular jock teamed with the awkward nerd and threw it for a loop. Hill's Schmidt was the one who got accepted into the cool crowd, while it was Tatum's Jenko that was left to hang with the science crowd. It provided laughs as they both learned each others former world. Both actors did a fantastic job in their roles.

It was Dave Franco, younger brother of James Franco who commanded his screen time with a presence that was undeniable. He has this slick on screen swagger, a very confident comedic performance from him. There are very few people who could have pulled off the role like he did. Dave Franco is just as funny and cool on screen as his older brother James.

Where the film seemed to lack was storyline, it seemed predictable. It is a comedy, and that sometimes can mean it comes with the predictability factor. It sucks to say that about an extremely well-acted and explosive action comedy, but it is true. With a little more development to the plot, a little less comedic set-up and more impromptu twists, 21 Jump Street could have been a much better film in both the comedic and action categories.

That being said, I really do want to give it all the praise I can. I found myself heartily laughing, and mustering up all the cheer I could find while rooting for these two misfit characters. Really in the end from a comedy that is all you can hope for. Situations and characters that are worth cheering for, worth feeling invested in is what make a good comedy.

Throwing back to the 80s series of the same name was inevitable; most of them were done right. From the mess up of the address to the cameos from Johnny Depp and Peter DeLuise, this film added its own brand of modern flare and still paid homage to the material it was derived from.

All in all, despite the minor flaws 21 Jump Street is a fantastic movie, full of solid laughs and well crafted comedy. I recommend seeing this movie; it will probably leave you laughing out loud when it is over. Check it out if you haven't already. Certainly worth a viewing, if not more than one.

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Comments (20)

  1. Nicholaus XX

    @kbelliveau -- Sweet! I'll try to confirm it, later.

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  2. kbelliveau

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx Hey man. I just sent you an invite, hopefully it worked.

    3 years agoby @kbelliveauFlag

  3. Nicholaus XX

    @kbelliveau -- Hey, man. I tried adding you on MSN, and there is always an error loading the page. Try adding me; it's the same as my username on here plus @hotmail.com

    3 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  4. kbelliveau

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx Nice! I turned 21 in March. It's a pretty awesome coincidence that our avatars feature the same color pattern.

    3 years agoby @kbelliveauFlag

  5. Nicholaus XX

    @kbelliveau -- January, to be exact. How about you? I think it's awesome that both of our avatars have the same color pattern!

    3 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  6. kbelliveau

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx That's awesome man!

    3 years agoby @kbelliveauFlag

  7. Nicholaus XX

    @kbelliveau -- Oh, sweet! I turned 17 earlier this year.

    3 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  8. kbelliveau

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx I turned 21 earlier this year.

    3 years agoby @kbelliveauFlag

  9. Nicholaus XX

    @kbelliveau -- It really is! I don't remember if I asked you this before, but, how old are you? If you don't mind me asking.

    3 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  10. kbelliveau

    @skywise Thanks man! I agree that is awesome that Johnny did the cameo appearance. He is an incredible actor, and this just proves that he also enjoys having fun. It was very respectful to the original series and even the new era of 21 Jump Street of him to appear in this film.

    3 years agoby @kbelliveauFlag

  11. kbelliveau

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx Snatch is awesome! I haven't seen it for a while, but I remember it being awesome.

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  12. skywise

    @kbelliveau excellent review. I also felt very similar to you about this film but was also mildy surprised. I think it was very cool of the Vet 21 Jump Street actors to make appearences. Johnny Depp may be one of the biggest actors around but at least he is humble enough to recognize is roots as an a modern actor.

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  13. Nicholaus XX

    @kbelliveau -- I know where you're coming from, man. I have yet to watch so many movies, it's not even funny. How about "Snatch"?

    3 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  14. kbelliveau

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx Sounds good man. No I haven't seen "Battle Royale" yet. It is on the long list of films I still need to watch.

    3 years agoby @kbelliveauFlag

  15. Nicholaus XX

    @kbelliveau -- Oh, wow. Yeah, I figured. All right, awesome! I'll add you on MSN a little later, in that case. Have you seen "Battle Royale"?

    3 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  16. kbelliveau

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx I think it was a couple months ago. I've been really busy lately finishing up school and other things. I'll hopefully be on MSN and here a little more often now that my schedule isn't so hectic.

    3 years agoby @kbelliveauFlag

  17. Nicholaus XX

    @kbelliveau -- No problem. Ah, all right. So, when did you respond to my MSN question? I had no idea you answered, that's why I never added you.

    3 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  18. kbelliveau

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx Thanks man! I would give it an 8/10 for raunchy comedy. It is mostly through the language, a lot of swearing and sexual jokes.

    3 years agoby @kbelliveauFlag

  19. Nicholaus XX

    @kbelliveau -- Another nice review, man! I definitely need to see this. What would you rate the crude/raunchy factor of the movie on the scale from 1-10?

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