Ready to leave high school behind them, Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) join the police force and are assigned as partners, and in turn placed on an undercover mission at Jump Street, to find out who is supplying a vicious drug ring at high school.
This film is the first however, that acknowledges the change in attitudes at school. The stereotypes were engraved, jocks are hot, nerds are not, but now the cool circle are supporting Greenpeace and playing musical instruments. This shocks Jenko the most, who is used to being popular.
The first scene back at school is a great nod to this. They both start grouping the students up, but eventually cannot decide on some of them. Jenko baits one because he sounds gay, not realising that he is, and the rest of the school are shocked. In a brilliant move, stereotypes are out the window here.
What continually struck me was how odd such a lead pairing was. Tatum, who I’ve only previously seen in Dear John and the like, demonstrated a remarkable flair for comedic scenes, perhaps because of his pairing with Hill, who co-wrote the remake.
Not much else can be said about the supporting cast however. While playing their roles well, they weren’t at all memorable, besides Rob Diggle as a likeable track and field coach and Ice Cube as the captain in charge of the undercover operation, and never satisfied with the pair’s efforts.
With a fresh spin on high school comedy, albeit not revolutionary on the genre, it does add something new to films that have remained similar for years. Full of laughs and a fairly decent plot line to move things on along, 21 Jump Street plays on what has stayed the same for three decades or so.