21 Jump Street was as good a candidate as any for the 80s nostalgia makeover from drama to comedy, even if no one was exactly clamoring for it.
In the action-comedy 21 Jump Street, Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) are more than ready to leave their adolescent problems behind. Joining the police force and the secret Jump Street unit, they use their youthful appearances to go undercover in a local high school. As they trade in their guns and badges for backpacks, Schmidt and Jenko risk their lives to investigate a violent and dangerous drug ring. But they find that high school is nothing like they left it just a few years earlier and neither expects that they will have to confront the terror and anxiety of being a teenager again and all the issues they thought they had left behind.
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The movie really is growing on me. Channing Tatum-tot seems to be not only in on the joke, but perfectly suited to the material. (Say…did you know that that was Jonah Hill’s nickname for Channing Tatum on set?? I did NOT. I’m saddened to know I’m not original! I’m still going to use it though.) Jonah Hill, even if he is best taken in small doses (IMHO), seems to be in his element here.
21 Jump Street, costarring (one of the funniest things about the trailers and clips) Ice Cube, Ellie Kemper, Brie Larson, Rob Riggle and Dave Franco, opens in theaters March 16 everywhere. (And apparently, Johnny Depp, who is just a tad more well known now than he was say, twenty-one years ago when he left the show, actually IS putting in a cameo!)