Movie Review – 21 Jump Street

I’m sure this will come as no surprise to anyone that regularly reads my movie reviews, but I tend to be a bit critical on movies. This movie is really no exception. It’s about two guys who were complete opposites and didn’t get along in high school, who graduate and go to the police academy and become officers. They’re then assigned an undercover case where they had to go back to high school and bust a drug ring that’s sweeping through the school.

Is it really too much to ask for some originality please? I mean, how many times do we have to watch these movies of people going back to high school for various reasons? Clearly, the plot sucks, plain and simple. The movie was predictable, cliche, and, despite a few laughs, dull. Rather than trying to create depth to the characters, the writers just decided to load the script up with crude and vulgar language and acts. I’m certainly not someone that gets upset about cussing in a movie, but this movie takes it over the top. Literally, every third word is a profanity. Come on now.

The acting was horrible. Any movie that casts Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum as the lead roles is destined to be a failure. Channing Tatum is probably one of the worst actors in Hollywood, and proves it in this movie. He was completely wrong for the part and he was a drag through the entire movie.

Overall, I’m only giving this movie a 2 out of 5 because, quite frankly, it’s not very good. If you like, idiotic, cliche’d, profanity filled attempts at comedy then you may like it. Unfortunately, I’d rather have depth and originality any day.

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