21 Jump Street – Review

5/5 – Watch this movie!

When I first heard that 21 Jump Street, that beloved series from my youth, was being remade into a movie starring Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill, I was more than leery about it. I was positive it would like the new GI Joe and Transformers movies and would take a giant dump on a TV show I loved as a kid.

I skipped it in the theaters and didn’t give it a second thought when it came out on DVD. But then, slowly, I kept hearing from friends whose opinions I trust that this movie is hilarious. Setting aside my trepidation, I rented 21 Jump Street.

My friends were right, this movie is hilarious.

I’m guessing there are a lot of guys who graduated in the late 90s
 who get to look back on this unfortunate look in their yearbook photo.

21 Jump Street is a great comedy. If you want to laugh, and laugh hard, for an hour and 49 minutes, rent this movie. It’s a movie that doesn’t take itself too seriously. There are a few meta jokes about current 80s revival and about the previous incarnation of Jump Street. Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller also use title cards to a very funny effect. The title cards might be my favorite thing about this movie.

Awesome unicorn!

It’s crazy how much Dave Franco looks and sounds like his older brother James. Is he a clone? Has anyone seen his birth certificate? I’m guessing clone.

Project DAVE: The first human clone.

SPOILERS after the title card…you’ve been warned…

How awesome was it that Johnny Depp and Peter DeLuise reprised their roles as Officers Tom Hanson and Doug Penhall? I was excited when Holly Robinson showed up early in the movie, but the cameo by these two guys near the end was perfect! It’s too bad they won’t be in the sequel…
Fuck yeah, motherfucker!!!