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If you’re a guy, particularly an average guy with nothing physically outstanding about you, then you have a legitimate reason to have a predisposition to severely dislike Channing Tatum.
For the ladies it’s the complete opposite case, as Channing Tatum is a manly, muscular sex symbol – “G.I. Channing” perhaps in their fantasies. But he’s becoming a better actor as each day goes by. He offered a noteworthy performance in Soderbergh’s “HAYWIRE” and is now setting himself apart from the nobodies in the comedic world with this performance in Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s "21 JUMP STREET"– a perfect movie.
Yes, I used the word perfect. Kill me then. I’m telling you that this movie is one of the funniest that I’ve seen in my entire life and easily the best movie I’ve seen all year.
Tatum plays Jenko and Jonah Hill is Schmidt, who both attended Metro High School and resided on opposite sides of the popularity scale there. Obviously, Jenko was the popular, dumb jock and Schmidt was the fat, often ignored nerd. Years after they graduate, they reunite at the police academy, where Jenko helps Schmidt pass the physical tests and Schmidt helps Jenko pass the written exams.
After failing to stop crime in the city park, the two are reassigned to an undercover operation that has its headquarters at 21 Jump Street. Ice Cube is Captain Dickson, the leader of the operation, and he is certainly a vulgar dick. He throws them back into Metro High School as undercover students to stop the spreading of a new acid-like drug, where they quickly meet the primary dealer of the drug – Eric. He’s an environmental-loving, guitar-playing, drug-dealing annoying little pro-choice hipster that any of us would have knocked on his ass in high school because of his perpetually fake confidence (played by Dave Franco, the younger brother of James).
It is not surprising that Dave is James’ brother, considering his seemingly natural ability to make you hate him (not that James is an unlikeable person). The rest of the acting is highly commendable as well, including Hill, Tatum and Ice Cube offering hilariously stereotypical performances. Brie Larson, who plays Eric’s “girlfriend” Molly, (you may recognize her as Envy Adams from “SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD") is as cute-as-a-button and down to earth as a girl like her should be and Rob Riggle is sporadically peculiar to say the least as Mr. Walters.
The acting is not all that is worth showing love to in the movie. The direction of Phil Lord and Chris Miller is spectacular, as they made this movie into what Jonah Hill essentially described it as in 2009 – “a ‘Bad-Boys’- meets-John-Hughes” type of movie. Hill actually co-wrote the story with Michael Bacall, who translated the story wonderfully through the screenplay.
"21 Jump Street” makes fun of the prototypical action flick by telling you when the action is supposed to happen and specifically when Act 2 ends. It jokes about the fads of younger American’s lifestyles while posing as a John Woo action flick. It is going to appeal to such a large crowd that you had better go see it before everyone else does and YOU become the uninformed, non-hipster.
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