21 Jump Street

21 Jump Street

A pair of underachieving cops are sent back to a local high school to blend in and bring down a synthetic drug ring. 3.3 out of 5 based on 16 reviews
21 Jump Street

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Certificate
Genre Action, Comedy
Director Phil Lord & Christopher Miller
Cast Channing Tatum, Ice Cube Jonah Hill
Studio Sony Pictures UK
Release Date March 2012
Running Time 110 mins
 

A pair of underachieving cops are sent back to a local high school to blend in and bring down a synthetic drug ring.

Reviews

Empire Magazine

Olly Richards

The comedy is abnormal. It covers very broad slapstick, to nakedly meta, to odd for the sake of odd. It throws jokes at the screen with such frenetic frequency that some inevitably won’t stick, but more than enough do, even ones that don’t make much in the way of actual sense. By the time you’ve realised that you’ve just laughed at a situation you don’t wholly understand it’s gone and you’re on to the next one.

13/03/2012

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The Guardian

Peter Bradshaw

A funny twist on teen movies and buddy comedies, creating a postmodern Police Academy, and there's a gloriously pointless freeway chase that reaches further back to the world of Smokey and the Bandit. Maybe the Brit patriot in me also detects the influence of Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost – but imagining Frost losing as much weight as Hill is too scary.

15/03/2012

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The Los Angeles Times

Betsy Sharkey

Tatum and Hill turn out to be even better partners than Jenko and Schmidt. Though Tatum is rock hard and Hill is squishy soft, both bring a kind of vulnerability to their characters that makes whatever mayhem they are up to OK. Hill, in particular, knows how to swing between pretension and panic with the greatest of ease.

16/03/2012

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The Scotsman

Alistair Harkness

Conceived as a self-aware, action-heavy pastiche of both a mismatched-buddy cop movie and a high school comedy, this update of 21 Jump Street doesn’t actually need Depp’s distracting presence, primarily because it’s funny enough to work without any prior knowledge of the show.

15/03/2012

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The Daily Telegraph

Robbie Collin

The film makes high school comedy feel young again: considering its stars are in their late 20s and early 30s, that’s no mean feat.

16/03/2012

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The Times

Wendy Ide

Hill, who is also credited as a co-writer and producer, reaffirms that he has plenty of heart as a performer as well as a savage comic sensibility. But the real revelation is Tatum, who discloses a hitherto unsuspected talent for self-mocking humour.

16/03/2012

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The Sunday Times

Olly Richards

Basing a movie on a 1980s TV show remembered almost solely for starring Johnny Depp would suggest Hollywood has scraped all it can from any barrel going. Yet this film takes the core premise of that series and builds a surprisingly creative, endearing comedy.

18/03/2012

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Time Magazine

Richard Corliss

The trick of a genre parody is to set low expectations and then exceed them. That can be considered a breakthrough in a movie age when originality is measured by how many twists can be made within a straitjacket format. So 21 Jump Street gets points for simultaneously inhabiting two over-familiar genres: the high-school film and the buddy-cop comedy.

15/03/2012

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The New York Times

A. O. Scott

Largely forsaking the sweet multiculturalism of the original for white-dude bromance, and completely abandoning earnest teenagers-in-crisis melodrama in favor of crude, aggressive comedy, this 21 Jump Street is an example of how formula-driven entertainment can succeed.

15/03/2012

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The Daily Mail

Chris Tookey

They are particularly upset to learn today’s teenagers are keen to study and be politically correct and environmentally aware. Seeing the cops attempt to adjust is as entertaining as it would be to watch Jeremy Clarkson trying to fit in at a Green Party summit.

16/03/2012

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Time Out

Anna Smith

It’s a shame that ‘21 Jump Street’ falls down both on plot and action – the car chases are a real bore. Save a cameo from a certain A-lister, the third act is vastly inferior. But thanks to charming leads and a smattering of laughs, this is still worth a punt for fans of light buddy comedies.

14/03/2012

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Total Film

James Mottram

Pity the running gag about car chase-induced explosions fails to detonate – and the less said about the perfunctory action, the better.

05/03/2012

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The Independent on Sunday

Nicholas Barber

As undisciplined as today's semi-improvised, post-Judd Apatow comedies always are, but it does have a few smart jokes.

18/03/2012

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The Observer

Philip French

Overlong and obsessively foul-mouthed.

18/03/2012

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The Independent

Anthony Quinn

Its chief handicap obvious from the outset: Hill can do comedy, and Tatum can't.

16/03/2012

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The Evening Standard

Derek Malcolm

Directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller as if they were frantically improvising and hoping that something will turn out funny, 21 Jump Street manages half a dozen good situational jokes but at least 500 bad ones.

16/03/2012

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