21 Jump Street
In the action-comedy “21 Jump Street,” in theaters March 16, 2012, Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) were enemies in high school who became unlikely friends in Police Academy. While they may not be the best cops on the beat, they have a chance to turn it around when they join the police department’s secret Jump Street unit, run by Captain Dickson (Ice Cube). They trade in their guns and badges for backpacks and use their youthful appearances to go undercover. Trouble is, teenagers today are nothing like what they were just a few years ago, and Schmidt and Jenko discover that everything they think they know about being a teenager, from sex to drugs to rock and roll, is all wrong. More importantly, they both find they are still dealing with all of the adolescent problems they didn’t address in their own teen years – and both will have to confront the terror and anxiety of being a teenager again and all the issues they thought they had left behind. The film is directed by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller. The screenplay is by Michael Bacall. Story by Michael Bacall & Jonah Hill. Based on the Television Series created by Patrick Hasburgh & Stephen J. Cannell. Produced by Neal H. Moritz and Stephen J. Cannell.
I felt like I needed to take a shower after watching this movie. The content in this picture is way over the top. I realize it is rated R but if the writer removed the F bomb from the dialog, it would cut down the movie’s run time by about a half hour or more. Seriously, do some of these writers just sit around and place the F word in every other sentence? That is lazy writing in my opinion. Can’t they be more clever with the dialog? One character even uses the F word while praying in a church.
The movie is about two young undercover cops who go to a High School to try to nail a drug dealer who is supplying the school with designer drugs. One teen recently died from an overdose. The two cops, played by Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill, are so naive that it does make for funny moments. They can’t even quote the Miranda Rights and when they make their first bust they high-five each other. One of the cops prays in church but doesn’t know how to end the prayer so he guesses and says, “The End”. However, the language in the film is non-stop; teens smoke marijuana and have a party with underage drinking, and that’s not all. Near the end of the film one character is shot in the privates and actually sees his dismembered body part next to him and decides to try to pick it up…with his teeth.
There were a few people talking about the “disgusting” scene as they left the theater. Johnny Depp has a cameo in the movie but he ends up shot in a graphic scene with blood flowing. We can’t come close to awarding our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to this stinker.