For my first review, I want to write about one of the greatest movies I have seen recently: 21 Jump Street. First off, I had very high expectations for this movie, and they were exceeded. It opens with a glimpse of Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) in high school. Tatum played the typical high school douche and we saw Hill as Slim Shady which was priceless. Both of them are met with high school problems, Schmidt was turned down by the hottest girl in school for Prom, and Jenko’s grades prevented him from going to Prom and becoming Prom King. Jump ahead, the two are in the Police Academy where Schmidt is struggling with strength and Jenko is struggling with smarts, and the two bond and become friends graduating together and enjoying a “life full of being bad asses”. Unfortunately for them, it wasn’t as glorious as they thought it would be. Their first big bust, was kind of a bust-up and it landed them into 21 Jump Street were they learned they would be going undercover as two high school students trying to crack a drug case. Right before heading up to the school, Jenko teaches Schmidt how to be cool and fit in with the popular gang, only to realize this isn’t like the high school they went to so many years ago; there were hipsters and tree huggers, and the really weird Japanese group who looked like they came straight out of a comic book. It perfectly nailed what you can expect to see from a High School these days. As it moves along, Schmidt becomes the popular kid and Jenko becomes the science nerd making their roles reversed from what they were. In the middle of all of this they throw a legit party that helps Jenko with trying to solve the case, but at the same time causes a drift between him and Schmidt after he over hears a conversation where Schmidt compares himself to Charlie Babbitt and Jenko to Rain Man. Leaving the two with a rift, they are forced to follow Eric (Dave Franco), aka one of the popular kids, as he makes a drug deal with the biker gang we first met at the beginning of the movie. As they drive away Jenko and Schmidt get in an argument, causing them to bump into one of the biker gang members and race off as the gang starts chasing them in a hilarious get away scenario. By the time they return Schmidt misses the beginning parts of Peter Pan disappointing his crush, and then Schmidt and Jenko battle it out on stage which causes Molly (Brie Larson) to be embarrassed and cut off all contact to Schmidt. It also causes Jenko and Schmidt to call off their friendship (very temporarily) when Eric takes both of them “hostage” and makes them apart of the drug dealing. Jenko later on asks Schmidt to Prom, and when they roll in and exit the limo we are greeted with a wonderfully aesthetic setting of doves, sunset, and Prom night. As we move through Prom night, we are met with the biggest scene in the movie; meeting the creator of these potent drugs, and receiving the cameo of the original cast of 21 Jump Street (Johnny Depp, Peter DeLuise). Before ending it all off, we see Jenko and Schmidt finally get the bust, and get upgraded to college students.
I truly loved this movie, it was everything a comedy needs to be: it has compelling story line, but more importantly laugh so hard you are crying hilariousness. The trailer for this movie doesn’t even begin to cover how good this movie is, and they handled every bit of it tastefully. This was the funniest movie I have seen in forever, and for the “Bridesmaids” fans out there, it was even better than that. It has crude language, but it only adds to the movie with the way they use it. If you haven’t seen it, you should. If you have already seen it, you know how good this movie really is, and you should watch it again. I give this movie an A! I can’t wait for the sequel.