I was a big fan of the original series back in the day, so I was a little apprehensive when I heard that Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill were the stars. 21 Jump Street was a drama series with hints of comedy, but the new film was a straight up comedy.
I actually didn't want watch the movie at first. The thought of someone parodying this beloved series actually made me angry. When I finally sat down and watched, I couldn't stop laughing. It was hilarious on so many different levels. They updated it for the '90s and didn't parody the series as simply make a comedy movie.
You may not consider Channing Tatum a comedy actor, but his bumbling straight man to Hill's inept cop is priceless. The plot is a simple one. Hill and Tatum are recruited into the Jump Street Division and told to infiltrate a drug ring in a local high school.
The duo had gone to actual high school together and Tatum was the popular kid while Hill was the nerdy kid that everyone picked on. That changes when the return to high school. Suddenly, environmental awareness and sensitivity rule and bullying gets you in trouble. Tatum falls in with the geeky science club and Hill falls in with the popular kids who are actually dealing the drugs.
There is hardly a minute in this movie that isn't funny. With cameos by original Jump Streeters including Johnny Depp, the crossover complete. This movie is definitely worthy of the R-rating with lots of violence and language.