21 Jump Street
Release year: 2012
Director: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller
Screenwriter: Michael Bacall, Jonah Hill
Starring: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube, Brie Larson, Dave Franco, Rob Riggle, Nick Offerman
Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) are as different as night and day and discover that because of that they complement each other perfectly, forming a tight friendship between them as they help each other through police school. But when their first arrest doesn’t go as planned, they get in trouble with the Deputy Chief (Nick Offerman) and are sent to a new undercover programme, location: 21 Jump Street.
This is based on the 1980’s tvshow by the same name starring among others Johnny Depp, but instead of remaking it, as is often seen, they cleverly acknowledge the tv show. The Deputy Chief tells them it is a programme from the eighties that have been reopened. Throughtout the movie there are referances to the tv show in form of character names and cameos that will delight people who grow up with Johnny Depp as undercover cop Hanson. It is an incredibly funny script with excellent jokes and great comedic acting from the two leads. Tatum (Magic Mike 2012) and Hill (Superbad 2007) has an incredible chemistry, making the bromance of the movie work wonderfully and the differences in the two characters adds dynamic to the story. When we are introduced to Schmidt and Jenko, it is in High School scenes familar to anyone who has seen movies taking place in that enviroment. It is therefore all the more fun when they go undercover and they discover High School as a whole new world leading to several jokes from the things being turned upside down for both characters. Though there are excellent support from Ice Cube (Ride Along 2014) as angry Captain Dickson and Rob Riggle (The Other Guys 2010) as Coach Walters, but this movie is owned by Hill and Tatum who fails time after time but with so much charm that it doesn’t stop you from rooting for them. This i an incredible funny movie and one of the best working buddy cop movies seen in recent time.
When Schmidt and Jenko goes undercover as brothers their undercover last name is McQuaid. In the TV show Johnny Depp’s and Peter Deluise’s characters would several time go undercover as the brothers McQuaid.
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