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Running Time:
1 hour, 49 minutes

Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.

Rating Explanation:
for crude and sexual content, pervasive language, drug material, teen drinking and some violence

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
A zany mix of comedy, satire and wildly entertaining slapstick.

Additional Info:
Jonah Hill ... Schmidt
Channing Tatum ... Jenko
Brie Larson ... Molly Tracey
Dave Franco ... Eric Molson
Rob Riggle ... Mr. Walters
DeRay Davis ... Domingo
Ice Cube ... Captain Dickson
Dax Flame ... Zack
Chris Parnell ... Mr. Gordon
Ellie Kemper ... Ms. Griggs
Holly Robinson Peete ... Officer Judy Hoffs

21 Jump Street
 21 Jump Street Based on the television series that made Johnny Depp a star, 21 Jump Street is a surprisingly touching buddy story. Jenko (Channing Tatum) is a former high school burnout who, as a cop, never quite bothered to learn the Miranda Rights and got through the Academy largely through coaching from his buddy Schmidt (Jonah Hill).

We first meet Jenko and Schmidt briefly in high school as two very different kinds of losers. A zippy montage takes them to their first weeks on the job as bike cops, ineptly making an arrest in a public park and celebrating as if they've saved the planet. They're immature and not especially good at their jobs, but their unlikely friendship feels believable from the start, as Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill make a surprisingly natural comedic duo.

But being cops isn't quite as exciting as they thought it would be until they're assigned to the Jump Street squad run by Captain Dickson (Ice Cube). He assigns them to work undercover at a high school to bust a drug dealing ring. That's when the film takes on a very, very loose structure. But, there's a welcome touch of romance when Schmidt falls for his hip high-school chum Molly (Brie Larson). And there are also a gang of geeky new friends for Jenko, including Eric (Dave Franco), a drug dealer who writes songs about recycling and has plans to attend Berkeley. 

21 Jump Street hits a high point when Jenko and Schmidt are forced to take the drugs they're rounding up and Channing Tatum proves himself to be an able physical comedian, but otherwise the film meanders its way to a big climax set, where else? - at the prom. Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller ("Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs")  keep up the film's energy through an exciting car chase, a genuinely fun party scene and a ridiculous fight that takes place during a performance of Peter Pan. In the rare moments where you're not laughing, it's hard not to notice that the plot is spinning its wheels so much that returning to the ostensible plot starts to feel like a drag after a while. 

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