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21 Jump Street (2012)

21 Jump Street (2012)

The only thing getting blown tonight is their cover.

Clever catchphrase! And that's just the beginning. The first 21 Jump Street was awesome. Just pure awesome. Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill are the perfect duo, the script is fun and crazy and fresh, and the infiltrating a highschool to catch some drug dealers thing a fitting scenario.

Johnny Depp makes a cameo appearance, Ice Cube (almost wrote Samuel Jackson there... whoops!) is boss, the expected values of friendship and love get mixed in, in unexpected ways, and it's all just a blast, packed with parties, drugs, action and packs of laughs. Not so sure I dig the dick shot, but that's a minor detail.

Let me also note that I don't usually dig party movies, but this one was a grand exception, where even the party scenes I could take part in. Even the violence is entertaining. However crazy the scene, there's bound to be some comedy involved. All in all it felt fresh, fast-paced and fun in every way, and when its all over, the credits roll as a slideshow of explosive visuals. 21 Jump Street. Somehow the name just seems to sum it all up. Great watch.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

April, 2021

21 Jump Street (2012)

I'm noticed so many details this time around! Things that I'm just not remembering at all since last time, but they were good things. Post watch I seem to have forgotten them all over again now...

In a lot of ways this does however feel like one of those movies that's best watched once. You really enjoy it then. The surprises are what make it shine. Lots of crazy. Lots of fun and/or somewhat relatable awkward moments too.

This time I feel like I appreciated it more for the girl, for the happy ending - am I in a depressed state of mind right now or what? But there's really a lot more to appreciate. Life lessons and comedy on a spontaneously crazy level. It's not realistic at all but somehow that's still why it feels like it is... or maybe the actors are all just that charismatic?

They're great. Full cast. Pace is great too. The credits are great.

It's one of those movies where the moments somehow stand out more than the full package. Where somehow they keep impressing you with little things, and then when it's over you realize how wholesome it was, yet when you try to figure out what details made it... I have no idea.

Was it all just happy coincidence or is this really the product of comedic genius and planning on an Asian-level scale? I don't even care. Stereotype jokes. Whoop yeah. That's a compliment though! I wish I had that. Proper PC follow-up.

I think I'll need to give the sequel another chance too...

 rated 4.5/5: almost awesome


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