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21 JUMP STREET may be the funniest movie you see this year

Don't miss the movie your friends and co-workers will all be talking about this Monday.

21 JUMP STREET may be the funniest movie you see this year

 

I cackled more than once during 21 JUMP STREET. I’m quite embarrassed – the sound I make when cackling is quite ugly and off-putting. I couldn’t help it, though. 21 JUMP STREET is a very, very funny film.

Directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the creators of the cult MTV animated series "Clone High" and the directors of the surprisingly clever CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS, 21 JUMP STREET is an in-continuity sequel to the late ‘80s TV series of the same name. Jonah Hill, who worked on the script with writer Michael Bacall (SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE WORLD), co-stars alongside Channing Tatum as two clueless police officers that land an undercover gig thanks to their ineptitude. Their mission is to infiltrate a high school posing as students – uncovering the source behind a new drug that has already taken the life of a teenager.

Tatum and Hill have outstanding chemistry together — playing off each other’s comedic strengths. And while Hill has already shown himself to be a remarkably funny actor, it is Tatum as a dim-witted jock-turned-cop who is the breakout star of the film. Tatum has already established himself as a leading man with his romantic movies and action films but nobody could have guessed the comedic chops the young star had on him. You'll cry just as hard watching Tatum in 21 JUMP STREET as you would watching him in a Nicholas Sparks adaptation - the only difference is that this time the tears will come from laughing. There may also be uncontrollable peeing of the pants.

Tatum plays both against and with audience’s expectations to create a character that is at once everything and nothing you expect him to be. Violent and occasionally prone to stupidity but containing extreme loyalty and tenderness, Tatum plays his role like an overeager puppy dog.

21 JUMP STREET features an outstanding supporting cast including Ice Cube as a stereotypical angry black police captain who freely acknowledges his clichéd existence, Rob Riggle as a lousy teacher and Dave Franco as a tree-hugging, granola-crunching drug dealer whose friendship with Hill’s character serves as the crime fighting pair’s method of stopping the school’s drug ring.

As the requisite love interest, Brie Larson is a welcome surprise. Oozing charm, Larson is more than able to handle her own when paired with Hill and the very funny Franco, younger brother to James.

21 JUMP STREET has a very kinetic sense of humor – no surprise considering the directors’ background in animation. Jokes leap off the screen at a brisk pace and the humor is organically woven into the film’s few action set pieces. Fans of the original television series may be put off by the film’s very R-rated sensibilities. The team behind 21 JUMP STREET have realized that the average audience member has changed since the original show was on the air and messages of the week and cheese-ball camp won’t be enough to entice the Youtube generation to see a movie. To keep pace, Bacall’s script is heartedly vulgar in a way that relishes pushing the boundaries of taste. The movie does not shy away from the extreme and – at times – even dares audiences to accept its filth. That said, the movie has a strong heart – born from the chemistry of its leads – and it is this warmth that manages to make the film lovable even as it is wallowing in nasty. Don't miss the movie your friends and co-workers will all be talking about on Monday.

Tickets for this weekend's screening are now available here.

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