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.