21 Jump Street
21 Jump Street review
Morton Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Greg Jenko (Channing Tatum) are former batch-mates in highschool who end up being partners in a police department. Morton is the insecure geek who couldn't get a date in the prom while Greg is the popular good looking student. Their fates would be reversed when they enter 21 Jump Street, after being assigned by Captain Dickson (Ice Cube). Soundtrack was upbeat and action was relentless. The flick reminded me of Hot Fuzz, only with more sappy moments. Ice Cube was hilarious in his role while Jonah Hill's character was wimpy but funnier than Tatum's. Screenplay was descent and cameos were a surprise since I never knew the actual casts involved. Growing up watching the TV show, this reviewer remembered the well written stories. This was simple, had a few amateurish sequences and sometimes ironic figures (a kids who distributes drugs believes in humanity and nature) didn't really have this critic impressed though there were laugh out lout scenarios. In any case, it was a good comedy with sufficient action and strong references on friendship, even until the deaths of the original undercover cops from 21 Jump Street. If only they revived Sergeant Judith "Judy" Hoffs and Vinh Van Tran (H.T. Ioki), but I guess it's a whole new generation. Hope the sequel would be better story-wise.