Mars Movie Reviews – 21 Jump Street


Movie Info: In the action-comedy 21 Jump Street, Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) are more than ready to leave their adolescent problems behind. Joining the police force and the secret Jump Street unit, they use their youthful appearances to go undercover in a local high school. As they trade in their guns and badges for backpacks, Schmidt and Jenko risk their lives to investigate a violent and dangerous drug ring. But they find that high school is nothing like they left it just a few years earlier – and neither expects that they will have to confront the terror and anxiety of being a teenager again and all the issues they thought they had left behind. — (C) Sony Pictures

Mars Review: For its first half this movie does a reasonably clever job of reinvention, though the crudeness level is excessive; but the second half jumps the rails.  Much of the humor involves trotting out cliches from cop movies and teen movies, then commenting on how dumb they are.  Like high school itself, “21 Jump Street” hits the wall about halfway in and even prom night can’t save it.  Yes, there are laughs to be had here, but I wonder whether it might be more amusing to watch episodes of the old TV show??

Stars: 2 ½  

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