21 Jump Street

Who would have thought it? After spending a couple of hours staring a giant screen I have come to the conclusion that Channing Tatum is funny? Although I am convinced that his comedic stats in 21 Jump Street were inflated by the Steve Nash like skills of comedy possessed by Tatum's co-star, Jonah Hill.

I think movie fans will look back on Tatum's performance in this movie the same way basketball fans look back at the stats Shawn Marion put up in the 2005-2006 NBA season. Sure the box scores look good, or the jokes were funny, but there is no way that they could have been that successful without one of the best in the business running the show for them.

21 Jump Street is a stupid comedy that entertains you but makes you proud that you think it is a little off. Trust me when I say you don't want to walk out of the theater talking about how that movie made you think and will really reexamine the way you look at your life.

Schmidt and Jenko (Hill and Tatum respectively) are new to the police force, and after spending some time patrolling the local park they are finally given a real assignment, going undercover at the local high school to find a kingpin who is distributing a new synthetic drug to the local youth. Despite their demeanor, and behaviors they are accepted into the social scene at the high school and begin to discover that the memories of their own high school experiences are nothing like the new memories they are about to embark on.

Much like many of the other comedies that Jonah Hill has starred in the plot line in this movie isn't anything to write home (or a blog for that matter) about. His chemistry on the screen with whoever is across from him will make anything he is in watchable. That doesn't mean his movies are always worth the $9, but he will certainly keep you entertained.

I have never seen a second of the original TV series of the same name, but by the end of the movie you certainly get a chance to see what it was all about.

Also, just in case you are running little late, or the popcorn line is a little long the first 10 minutes of this movie are perfectly summed up in its official trailer. That is because 97.4% of the trailer features scenes from this segment of the movie. My advice... get the popcorn, and a diet soda and then enjoy the show.

21 Jump Street
Directed by: Phil Lord, and Chris Miller
Written by: Michael Bacall, Jonah Hill, Patrick Hasburgh, and Stephen J. Cannell
Starring: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, and Ice Cube
My Rating. 3 out of 5
Would Gene Pick it?: Yes

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