21 Jump Street is a show I should’ve seen. I was in high school. Girls were declaring they were going to marry Johnny Depp or Richard Grieco. But somehow I missed it. And then I became huge Johnny Depp fan years later and I cursed never watching it.
When they announced this movie, I was all, “WHATEVER, you suck Hollywood!” Hollywood really has been awful lately with the remakes and reboots and the reboots of reboots and the adaptations of everything under the sun, even books that have no story whatsoever (What to Expect When You’re Expecting is coming out soon, for god’s sake–although to be fair, the movie Mean Girls was based on a self-help book on cliques, and that was pretty decent, so…). Anyway, I was all set to ignore it. And then the reviews started coming in.
And they loved it.
They not only loved it, they RAVED about it. It had an 85% on Rotten Tomatoes and it was the ONLY Fresh Rating for a while on the box office top 10.
I was still completely suspicious, especially because I had a totally biased view of Channing Tatum. Most of the internet nerd world hates him and completely blows him off. I must say, his pictures are usually terrible. He looks like the kind of guy that beat up nerds in high school and can’t string three words together, a total meathead, which automatically puts nerds on the defensive. My positioned was lightened somewhat after I watched the GI Joe: Rise of Cobra (which despite a totally stupid looking Cobra Commander and those dumb accelerator suits was a good popcorn flick), and Tatum totally did not ruin that movie, plus there was a shirtless jump rope scene, and, uh, he looked nice. Ok, ok, he looked better than nice, but I like muscular arms, and he toes the line of too muscular, but doesn’t quite cross it, and I’m getting way off track here.
My curiosity was piqued, so off I went to the movies with Malvitas and Des.
It was freaking HILARIOUS. Holy crap I loved this movie. They took the serious drama from the 80s and made it into a complete comedy with self-referential humor. And it worked! There were times when we were crying from laughing so hard, and Des was repeating, “Ohmygodohmygod.” I mean, it was utterly ridiculous to have Channing Tatum (at 32, and with that body) pose as a senior in high school, and they made fun of that.
Basic plot: Jenko (Tatum) and Schmidt (Jonah Hill) were once enemy schoolmates, and now friendly rookie cops. When they completely botch up a simple arrest, they get sent to 21 Jump Street and get put in a program where troublesome young cops get sent undercover into high schools. Jenko plans to help Schmidt fit in high school and be “cool,” but a lot of things change in seven years and what Jenko remembers as being cool, is no longer, and Schmidt finds himself instead fitting in better than he ever imagined.
My opinion of Channing Tatum has now done a complete 180 and I adored him in this movie. He was fabulous. He stole all the scenes. I guess he’s the kind of person whose charisma doesn’t come out unless he’s moving and talking and acting, because yeah, his photos are still pretty bad (I went back and checked and was all, “meh”). I’m now totally excited to see him in the upcoming GI Joe: Retaliation although I’m afraid he’s going to die in like the first ten minutes, and that would be so sad. He’s also in Magic Mike, a stripper movie based on his real life (Tatum used to be a stripper, hence the stupendous body) with lots of mostly naked men parading around… so… yeah.
The action scenes were pretty cool, as well, with awesome comedic timing, and things not quite going the way you’d expect them to.
There were cameos. That’s all I’ll say.
Ice Cube’s portrayal of the Captain Angry Black Cop was hysterical.
And… Korean Jesus.