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‘Jump Street’ thrills

March 30, 2012

If you are in the mood for a very serious, dark comedy about the twisted turns of adolescent angst and pre-adult desires for attention, social acceptance and conventional romance, this is definitely not the film you should watch. “21 Jump Street,” by directors Phillip Lord and Chris Miller, is instead a crude-humored film filled with all the profanity, sexual tension, action and inappropriate humor a young adult could ever want.

Based on the popular 1980s hit show of the same name, “21 Jump Street” actors Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum star as rookie police officers who are just aching to put the beat down on anyone who breaks the law. After the two incompetent officers botch up their first serious arrest, they get placed into a secret, undercover facility where they are informed they will be infiltrating a high school to put an end to a drug ring. The young cops are ecstatic to “try again” in high school, to see if they can become popular and have an altogether awesome experience, unlike their previous one.

We thought this film was absolutely hilarious in its portrayal of current high school students. Unlike any of the other teen movies of our generation, the “popular” clique of the high school consists of a bunch of hipsters which surprises, confuses and scares Hill and Tatum’s characters. The fact that high school had changed so much in such a short time for them is so bewildering to them that it is really funny to watch. The hipster characters of the plot don’t care at all for Tatum’s masculine, meat-head persona, and instead, very much take to Hill’s nervous and pseudo-intellectual personality.

Though most of the movie is not too action-heavy, the action filled scenes do not disappoint. The explosions, gun fights, and fist fights are actually really good in this movie, and are not cheesy in the slightest. The last 20 minutes of this movie definitely satisfy any craving an action lover might have. Also, lovers of the original show, be aware of the stars of the TV show, Johnny Depp and Peter DeLuise, as they make a cameo neither of us saw coming at all. For those of you who are worried you might not understand the film if you didn’t watch the show, do not fear! Neither of us had watched the show, and we still understood it perfectly.

Overall, this movie made us hop up and down in our seats with obnoxious laughter. It is not a serious movie, but it is definitely a comedy worth seeing. We definitely give it four thumbs up.

Zach Monti and James Gascoin
Contributing Writers

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