Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum play bumbling cops Schmidt and Jenko, who go undercover and back to high school in 21 Jump Street.
The film is a spinoff of the Fox TV show of the late ’80s and early ’90s, which helped launch the career of Johnny Depp but otherwise was kind of a throwaway show. This rewrite is a pleasant surprise.
Schmidt and Jenko, under the supervision of their police captain (played by Ice Cube), investigate a new illegal drug at the local high school. They are obviously too old to be in high school, and it doesn't matter. It's all part of the gag.
The premise is preposterous, and that is the charm of the film. There are plenty of car chases, explosions and laughs to occupy your time.
The chemistry between the leads is evident, and it pays off for you, the moviegoer.
Hill, who helped write the film, is perfectly typecast as the socially awkward outsider. Tatum is a big surprise as a comedic actor.
There are plenty of laughs here, and the film is a lot better than I expected.
The flick-o-meter gives 21 Jump Street four out of five.
You can catch 21 Jump Street at Movies 278 in Hiram at noon, 1, 2:40, 3:40, 5:20, 7:15, 8, 9:55 and 10:35 p.m. Regal 22 Cinemas in Austell is showing the movie at 1:40, 2:10, 4:30, 5, 7:20, 7:50, 10:05 and 10:35 p.m.
And before or after you go, why not go to one our new additions to West Cobb Patch, the Honey Baked Ham Company on Dallas Highway? There, you'll find the same mind-blowing chemistry between your taste buds and mouth that Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum have in 21 Jump Street.