Film review of ‘21 Jump Street’ by George Richardson

Film review of ‘21 Jump Street’ targeted for Front Magazine.

Good cop – fat cop go back to school and figure out that their stereotypes have changed, or are still the same, or – what? Review by George Richardson.

Jonah Hill (Superbad, Moneyball) and Channing Tatum (G.I. Joe, Haywire) take their orders from Ice Cube, which they interpret as taking loads of drugs and getting fucked up as much as possible in order to get laid or at least get a job done. This film starts like a high school musical and sprouts some badass facial hair that gets fashioned into a fully grown, exploding beard. It sort of takes the piss out of itself, which the more refined of us might call meta-humour, as it mocks its own genre and in doing so, is just bloody hilarious. A scene towards the end sees them suit up in white tuxedoes and stock up with guns like the matrix followed by gardening. Well in – directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller!

The last time we remember Channing was in G.I. Joe, a role that you could watch in Latvian and still get the gist. This time when he opens his mouth, its like a clamp gently squeezes your bladder, you’ve got pepper in your eyes, and your sides have had the work out of a thousand Olympic squats. He is funny. Jonah Hill – he’s always been funny. He has only been funny. This film sees the characters forced to swap roles but in doing so, Hill tried to pull off being a badass but that sort of reminds us that it’s only a film – he just can’t quite manage it.

There is a surprise cameo that frankly OWNS all others that have ever graced cinema. Of course, we wouldn’t want to ruin it, you actually have to pay to go see it, or download it illegally if you have no money or friends. You’ll know who it is straight away, but you won’t see it coming, unless someone has been mouthing off.  If you’re watching it online, odds are that won’t happen.

What’s most intriguing is an appearance from what can only be described as young Saul Silver from Pineapple Express. Dave Franco is essentially a small clone of his taller, prettier, more successful older brother. You’d be forgiven if at times you’re saying ‘look it’s that guy, from that spider film and the one-where-he-chops-his-own-arm-off!’ He’s just as good though. You watch it and think, yeah, I’ll follow that guy, I bet there’s loads of intricately layered family dynamics and inter-sibling rivalry.

Since our invite to the premier got lost in the post again, we’ll never know. All we can say is this film is sick and makes it look like American cops are somehow socially acceptable. If you don’t like cliché buddy cop movies then that’s fine, but this film knows its cliché. Like a fat kid who doesn’t give a shit and is totally confident; he’s jokes and gets all the girls. With the wise words of Ice Cube – “embrace your stereotype!” Couldn’t agree more you angry, black, heroic bastard!


Word Count: 506

Comments: The language used in Front magazine often incorporates dramatic devices such as swearing and follows patterns that mimic conversational English rather than neat text. Baring in mind the target audience, despite some offensive language in this review, it does have a market and I feel it does adhere to the Front readership and editorial context.


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