In high school, Schmidt (Jonah Hill) was a dork and Jenko (Channing Tatum) was the popular jock. After graduation, both of them joined the police force and ended up as partners riding bicycles in the city park. Since they are young and look like high school students, they are assigned to an undercover unit to infiltrate a drug ring that is supplying high school students synthetic drugs.
Review 21 Jump Street
Review 21 Jump Street
A little bit of honesty, a hint of integrity go a long way with audiences who want only a movie that acknowledges what it is and delivers full-on with its premise, eschewing some half-baked, play-it-safe excuse for a motion picture with a genuine cinema surprise that’s all-in and takes no easy way out. Despite what studios might think, audiences aren’t stupid, and they want something that doesn’t insult their intelligence or spark yet another case of cinema déjà vu. But at the same time, audiences happily part with their hard-earned moviegoing dollar for the same kind of nonsense week in and week out, forking over what is now, it seems, a bundle of cash for the “privilege” of watching another tired remake, sequel, or project sourced from something off the long-dead scrapheap, whatever it is probably replete with a stale plot, a clichéd script, a generic rhythm, dull characters, and a celluloid middle finger subliminally hovering over every frame (particularly if the movie is in 3D).
Studios see easy money, audiences see an air conditioned retreat; an easy date; an escape from reality; a few maybe even something they genuinely want to see, believing this is it, this is when they will finally get one right. In other words, they find an excuse to go to the movies rather than go to the movies with an expectant anticipation. Well, it’s time audience wants finally collide with a studio re-imagining, when money spent is an honest good time earned. 21 Jump Street is the gloriously fun and grossly over-the-top adults-only exception to the cookie cutter rule. It slaps convention in the face, embraces its roots, and refuses to duck back under the safety net that’s caught so many movies over the years. 21 Jump Street defies everything audiences know about these sorts of movies, knowingly accepting its place in cinema and happily and willingly bucking the trend that’s dashed hopes and all but destroyed the magic of the movies. In other words, this is the one everyone’s been waiting for.
They were the flunky jock and the friendless nerd in high school. That was 2005, this is 2012. A lot has changed in that time, but much remains the same. Greg Jenko (Channing Tatum, The Vow) still can’t pass a test and Morton Schmidt (Jonah Hill, Superbad) still cannot make heads or tales of social situations. But fate has brought them together once again, reuniting them at police academy where their one-time acquaintanceship in the hallowed halls of high school means they’re a natural fit for friendship as adults, even if they share almost nothing in common save for the uniform they wear. The truth is that they are the perfect duo; between them there’s one good cop, a combination of athleticism, street smarts, and raw knowledge that makes them a force to be reckoned with — if they can get on the same page and realize that police work isn’t a real-life movie. When they bungle a bust, it becomes clear that this twosome would be better utilized as part of a revitalized program from the 1980s.
Their mission: to pose as brothers and infiltrate a local high school where a new super drug, known as “HFS,” is just getting off the ground. They are to wiggle their way into the dealers’ inner circle and unearth the identity of the supplier making it all happen. But that won’t be an easy task, particularly when their identities are swapped and Jenko is forced into advanced classes and the nerd-osphere while Schmidt must play the part of the jock and popular kid. Can they survive high school a second time, and survive it playing the part they loathed back in the day?