MFR Rating: ★ ★
I have nothing against a silly, goofball comedy and 21 Jump Street starts out hitting all the right, silly notes but doesn’t live up to its initial promise and ultimately feels like an incredibly generic, pulped out piece of action comedy. It’s watchable enough but just feels like its going through the motions without anything standing about it out. Starring Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill back in his comedy comfort zone having experimented with a more dramatic role in Moneyball (for which he bizarrely picked up Golden Globe and Oscar nominations – it was a perfectly passable performance but there wasn’t much to that role). Anyway, Tatum and Hill make a decent combo as two rookie cops asked to go undercover as student in a high school to locate the supplier of a dangerous new drug that’s doing the rounds. Both characters get a chance to recapture their youth, make up for past regrets while trying to remember they also have a job to do.
The best bits are at the beginning, watching the ineptness and raw enthusiasm of these young cops on the street which actually is quite funny, the rest of it less so. By the end it feels like it’s never going to end as it becomes more and more preposterous and the kind of film I feel like I’ve seen a million times before.
21 Jump Street is out now in the UK and US. Running time 109 mins. Certificate 15 (UK).
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Review by David Rank