Movie Review: 21 Jump Street (2012)

21 Jump Street is crass, foul-mouthed, and irreverent. Plus, it's a %$@&! funny movie.

Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill star in this remake (or re-invention?) of the 1980's teen cop show that pulls no comic punches. The duo could arguably be this generation's version of odd couple with badges-- similar to what Mel Gibson and Danny Glover pulled of in Lethal Weapon and Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in Bad Boys.

The film is hyper-kintetic and in-your-face that it wallops you into laughter in the first thirty minutes. But it eventually backs down and closes the story arc in middling fashion (you know, the point where the best friends have a personal conflict they try to patch up while completing their big mission). But I forgive the film since it does deliver the laughs.

Despite its flaws, I left the theater happy and looking forward to the next chapter of 21 Jump Street-- Yep, this bad boy of a film is already a well-deserved franchise.

Rating: 4/5

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