Steen: Lack of intelligence very funny in 21 Jump Street

21 Jump Street

I truly wasn’t prepared to find this one funny.  My benchmark for funny in recent months has been Bridesmaids—can we forget the scene in the bridal salon, really?

While 21 Jump Street is not of the laugh ’til you cry quality, it is funny.  Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, as Schmidt and Jenko respectively, play cops who don’t quite cut it and are assigned to the end of the line—undercover work the headquarters of which is a church at 21 Jump Street, ergo the name.

Hill and Stephen J. Cannell are two of the writers and of course some of us will remember the TV show of the same name.  21 Jump Street was a hit series from 1987 to 1991 and launched the career of Johnny Depp.  That series also starred Dustin Nguyen and Peter DeLuise, the handsome son of comedian Dom DeLuise.

Trust me, there is just awful language, sexual innuendo, scenes of teenagers at their worst, but through it all there are moments with really good laughs.  If you can get past the gratuitous swearing, it’s worth seeing.

Captain Dickson, played by Ice Cube has his hands full with these two immature cops as they try to track down a high school drug dealer, played by Dave Franco, the younger brother of James Franco. Dave was formerly in a couple of other films such as Fright Night, but this is his big movie debut.

As mentioned earlier, Depp cut his teeth on 21 Jump Street and he has a cameo in this one (try to spot him).

I’m not sure which crowd will enjoy this, the theatre was fairly full with teens to 30 somethings and for some of us “wrinklies” this will be fun and enjoyable. I’m not talking about your grandmother here, unless she’s heard and seen it all, but if you overlook the really bad behaviour, the lack of intelligence and the insanity, you might enjoy the show.

I would mention a best line, but it wouldn’t pass the censors and might offend a big part of the population.

So I’m giving this 3 1/2 reels for those of you who Tweet, three reels for those of you who don’t know how to turn on a computer and don’t know what an app is.

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