Perhaps you have heard of a little known actor named Johnny Depp. The TV show that started his blockbuster career has now been adapted into a movie. “21 Jump Street,” based on the TV show of the same name, follows police officers as they conduct stings within the public school system.
The 2012 movie follows Jenko and Schmidt, two officers who just can’t seem to get it together. After an arrest gone wrong, they are sent to Jump Street to take part in a resurrected program that busts drug rings in high schools.
The two are sent back to high school as undercover cops and told to infiltrate the dealers and catch the makers of the new synthetic drug on the market. What follows is a hysterical redo of the pair’s high school years, with the roles switched in terms of popularity and standing with each other. The two get swept up in the action, and the situation just doesn’t seem to be under control with these two.
The movie stars Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum and the screenplay was written by Hill. While Hill is a staple in the comedic genre, Tatum is fairly inexperienced, with his two claim-to-fame movies being “Dear John” and “The Vow.” The pair is well matched, however, and they provide enough laughs to keep the movie going.
Rumor of a Johnny Depp cameo kept movie goers anxiously watching for a glimpse of the actor. When his scene finally arrived, the expectation was appeased with a great moment for the actor and some of his costars to relieve the characters that made them stars.
The movie garnered an R rating, for violence and profanity. It was a fairly clean movie, coming from the likes of Jonah Hill, famous for “Superbad,” with no nudity and gore.
Being the first blockbuster of the year was not hard for this film, and one of the first to not be a splat on Rotten Tomatoes, with the laughs coming quickly during the nearly two hour running time.