2012 saw the unlikely unison of two actors, Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill, whose bromance blossomed in the undeniably funny and incredibly self-deprecating film, 21 Jump Street. Based off the television series of the same name (you know, the one starring Johnny Depp!) and with Lord and Miller at the helm of the production, 21 Jump Street raised the bar for action comedies, packing plenty of punch in an affectionate, self-mocking manner. With the release of the sequel, 22 Jump Street, recently we have enjoyed copious amounts of the original, going back to the place it started.
Starring as Officer Morton Schmidt in this riveting cinematic ride is funny-man Jonah Hill, who portrays an intentionally stereotypical ‘nerd’ whose obsession with Eminem and chemistry rivals none other. Filling the role of the intentionally stereotypical ‘jock’ is Channing Tatum, whose character loves nothing more than sports and girls and is a little slow-witted. Former rivals in high school, the two unite together in their police training as each needs help from the other to pass the training courses. Fresh out of the academy and in uniform, and after a brief encounter with drug dealers (who mostly escape), the two are quickly reassigned to an old chapel on 21 Jump Street, where they are to go undercover at a local high school. Their mission is simple: find the suppliers and dealers of a new dangerous drug, H.F.S, and stop those responsible, whilst blending in with the local students. Portraying the tough-talking Captain Dickson is none other than Ice Cube, who is so hilarious and purposely offensive that you can’t help but genuinely laugh.
If all this wasn’t enough for you to enjoy, then you can also look forward to a cameo of the original ’21 Jump Streeters’ as older Johnny Depp and Peter DeLuise make an appearance as their original characters, Tom Hanson and Doug Penhall. Full of in-jokes, an abundance of satire and a few touching moments to boot, 21 Jump Street makes sure it will make a mark on its audience long after they have left the cinema.
With the sequel to look forward to (which will hopefully prove just as funny and be as cleverly written as the original) the Jump Street series looks unstoppable, and rightly so. 21 Jump Street brought us something that is desperately needed in the latest Hollywood domination – a comedy which is genuinely funny.