21 Jump Street

21 Jump Street

2012 (Chris Miller; Phil Lord) 14A, 109 minutes

Jonah Hill; Channing Tatum; Ice Cube

 

Jonah Hill, as nerdy rookie cop Schmidt, and Channing Tatum, as Jenko, a dumb fellow patrolman who used to torment him in high school, make a sensational comic pair: meatball meets beefcake. They slip back to high school to pose as brothers and try to break up a drug ring led by an eco-sensitive yearbook editor.
A terrifically smart and fresh script by Michael Bacall keeps balancing absurdity against believable human moments, notably when the boys rush to grab a driver’s ed car for a high-speed chase and the driving teacher, after a brief protest, says “Eh, who cares?” That line nails high school more than anything in “The Breakfast Club.”
- Kyle Smith/NY Post

 

Jonah Hill, as nerdy rookie cop Schmidt, and Channing Tatum, as Jenko, a dumb fellow patrolman who used to torment him in high school, make a sensational comic pair: meatball meets beefcake. They slip back to high school to pose as brothers and try to break up a drug ring led by an eco-sensitive yearbook editor.

A terrifically smart and fresh script by Michael Bacall keeps balancing absurdity against believable human moments, notably when the boys rush to grab a driver’s ed car for a high-speed chase and the driving teacher, after a brief protest, says “Eh, who cares?” That line nails high school more than anything in “The Breakfast Club.”

- Kyle Smith/NY Post