Plot summary (from the studio): Former high school foes turned rookie cop partners can’t catch a break – until they’re assigned to pose as students and bust a drug ring inside their old alma mater. Living like teenagers again, they slip back into their adolescent selves and risk the case – and their friendship – with hysterically disastrous results! Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum and Ice Cube star in this outrageously hilarious action-comedy!
Warning: Spoilers below!
- I thought this movie had just the right mix of comedy and action. None of the comedic sequences lasted too long or outstayed their welcome, which is always a concern, so the end product was mostly enjoyable.
- I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I think I actually like Jonah Hill! There used to be something about him that rubbed me the wrong way, but now it seems as though he improves rather than detracts from most of the stuff I’ve seen him in. Call me a convert!
- I was completely unspoiled and therefore genuinely surprised by the Johnny Depp cameo (as well as Peter DeLuise and Holly Robinson Peete). It was awesome to see those familiar faces in this film, and nice to know Depp wasn’t above giving a little back to the series that helped launch his career.
- The Fred Savage-looking portrait of a young Schmidt was hilarious!! That was definitely one of the top LOL moments in the movie for me.
- Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill didn’t seem to have much chemistry. They were supposed to be buds, but I never got that feeling at all. They just came off as two officers assigned to work together, which made some of their scenes fall flat.
- I thought the initial scenes of Schmidt and Jenko doing their park patrol were way over the top, especially after their first arrest. Really? Two police officers are going to pretend to hump a suspect who’s on the ground in cuffs? Right in front of a bunch of civilian witnesses? Give me a break.
- I hated the storyline involving Schmidt and the high school girl. Even though she was 18 and therefore technically “legal”, it’s pretty disgusting to think this COP, who was specifically warned against doing anything with students or teachers, was so into her. Gross. Ditto for the chemistry teacher’s obvious sexual interest in Jenko. That kind of thing is not funny to me; just uncomfortable and unnecessary.
- The drug storyline could have been executed a whole lot better. It was mostly predictable and boring.
Watching movies hasn’t been much of a priority for me in recent months, so I’m trying to be a bit more careful about the ones I select. I obviously didn’t pick 21 Jump Street in the hopes of watching a riveting Oscar-worthy film; I just wanted to be entertained. On that level, I found this movie to be perfectly adequate. I give it 3 stars out of 5.