Review: 21 Jump Street

Even though I never watched the TV show I was interested in how this movie was going to turn out.  I just wasn’t curious enough to check it out in theaters.  When it came out on DVD I figured it was a good rental for $1.20 at Redbox and I was very pleasantly surprised.  I don’t think it’s franchise big, or even worth buying, but it is good solid entertainment, that is very funny and well crafted.

It’s quick pace and reliance on the simplicity of the concept help the story to focus on what is important from an information stand point, and how to extract great comedy from those situations and characters alike.  Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill are a great unlikely set of partners and the fish out of water effect on the guys discovering how high school has changed just a few short years after being students themselves is priceless.

It’s a story about two guys who were very different from each other in high school join the force and learn to rely on each other and ultimately becomebest friends.  That friendship is strained when an undercover mission forces them to reverse the roles they once played as real life students.

There is a lot of great stuff in the film bt what I mostly admire is it’s willingness to admit that less is more and not subject it’s audience to forty-five minutes of frivolous junk.  The value of the film increases tremendously when the filmmaker has that discipline.  Good material, short and sweet, and very entertaining comedy/action make 21 Jump Street a winner, even if it isn’t quite a classic. A

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