In high school, Schmidt was a dork and Jenko was the popular jock. After graduation, both of them joined the police force and ended up as partners riding bicycles in the city park. Since they are young and look like high school students, they are assigned to an undercover unit to infiltrate a drug ring that is supplying high school students synthetic drugs.
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Title: 21 Jump Street
Production year: 2012
Country: United States
Director: Phil Lord, Chris Miller
Cast: Jonah Hill
Do you still want to go back to high school to study?
Morton Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Greg Jenko (Channing Tatum) are forced to go back to high school as an undercover cop to investigate about the supply chain of a new synthetic drug in the movie 21 Jump Street.
21 Jump Street, based on the TV series and the Book, is directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller. This movie is a mix of crime, comedy and also action film.
Schmidt and Jenko were never friends back when they were in the same high school. Jenko was a jock who always mock Schmidt as a nerd during high school.
This time, they meet each other again and become best friends at the police academy. They help each other on academic studies and the physical trainings. The first day they graduated from the police academy, they are reassigned to 21 Jump Street, because Jenko forgets the Miranda rights when he and Schmidt arresting the leader of a group of One Percenters. The very first job they are appointed is to investigate the supplier of the drug dealing at Sagan High School. Surprisingly, during the investigation, everything has changed from their high school memory; Schmidt becomes the super star and Jenko becomes a nerd. As their relationship begins to change, the gap between them has widened.
There is one highlight inside the movie. Johnny Deep as Tom Hanson and Peter DeLuise as Doug Penhall, from the TV series, appeared in the film as two undercover cops inside a group of the One Percenters. It seems like they are the grown-up Schmidt and Jenko. Even though this is an action film, but there are not many actions in the film. The movie focuses more on describing the change of two main character’s role and how they repair their relationship. The filming takes place in New Orleans, Louisiana. They took away many signs and avoided to film with landmarks of New Orleans. They also replaced the local business’s billboard, so the background city would look like a generic city.
Although the TV series and the movie are based on the same book, they provide some different perspectives to the audience. The TV series is more crime-related and the movie is more about the relationship between Schmidt and Jenko and more of a comedy tone.
With blond hair extensions, torpedoed jeans, six inch platform sandals, and enough makeup to make Cleopatra or Lady Gaga wince with envy, I unsuccessfully tried to blend with the young, lustful banshees at a screening of "21 Jump Street". Naively unaware that it had been a television series, starring Johnny Depp.
Surprises are often camouflaged and twenty minutes into the movie I found myself enjoying the raunchy silliness: Channing Tatum, "Jenko" and Jonah Hill, "Schmidt" were masterful in their portrayals of "brawn' and "brain" role reversals; high school contemporaries: Schmidt, the brainy, unnoticed nerd; Jenko the handsome, thought -starved hunk; meet seven years later at the police academy, becoming friends; their failures at law enforcement are hilarious and as a last resort they are sent to a High School posing as students and brothers; actually, undercover cops unearthing drug dealers and their sources. Nice performance by Dave Franco (clone of his brother James) as "Eric" the entrepreneur of illegal issue.
What follows is an interesting study of reliving your past in "another boy's shoes"; Jenko's metamorphosis from dumb to not- so- dumb, finalizing in discovered intelligence was revealing; he earns the respect of his fellow chemists. Likewise, Schmidt discovers the aphrodisiac of popularity, overindulges and is penalized.
This movie will appeal massively to the multitudes of twenty and thirty- year- olds; those who loved "The 40 Year Old Virgin", "Hangover", "Knocked Up"; films I left or chose not to see.
The performances of Hill and Tatum resonate with perfect comedic pitch, compelling chemistry, even genuine, convincing sincerity. A lesson in how ephemeral are the rules of "cool"; surprisingly, maturity springs from unlikely fountains at implausible moments.
TWO & 1/2 STARS!!
I wasn't too sure that I would even want to see 21 Jump Street. I was never a fan of the TV series, and since the TV series was not a comedy, i was just not sure that doing a parody of something serious would translate to the big screen very well. Boy, was I wrong. 21 Jump Street is a very funny movie, and Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill have really good chemistry together. I can always tell how good a movie is by the number of lines one can sort of adopt after seeing the movie with a smile on your face and there are numerous lines of that nature here. It may very well end up being the funniest movie of 2012.