Sound Off: Chris Miller & Phil Lord's '21 Jump Street' - Thoughts?

March 16, 2012

21 Jump Street Sound Off

Now that you've seen it, what did you think? How exactly do you update a cheesy 80's TV show about undercover cops posing as high school kids and actually make a hilarious comedy out of it? Cloudy with a Chance of Meatball directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord took on that challenge, bringing us 21 Jump Street, the 2012 version, starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, now in theaters this weekend. So how is this crazy, comedic update? Better than you expected, or dull? Is Tatum able to give an entertaining performance? Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on Lord & Miller's 21 Jump Street.

To fuel the fire, I thought 21 Jump Street was hilarious and genius, not only extremely funny but it actually had a damn good story, too. Just like with Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, it surprised me and exceeded my expectations. The way they play the humor and keep holding jokes back (the explosions, so good) and deliver right when they should, right on time. It's great, and it gets even better as it goes. Now I get why they were dressed looking like Peter Pan and wearing little red & white dots, and it's even funnier thinking back to it. But I love how the story takes all the fun emotional twists, the back-n-forth character change, yet hits all the right beats. Lord & Miller are great—no, they are absolutely fantastic—directors, and I love watching their work. Be it animation, or now live-action, these guys can deliver and the results are truly hilarious.

What did you think of 21 Jump Street? One of the best comedies out or totally dull stupidity? We will remove any comments that indicate you have not seen the movie, as this area is meant to discuss the film only once you have seen it and can talk about your thoughts. Please keep the comments civilized!

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  • Saw an advanced screening. Had low expectations and was really surprised by how good it is. It's one of the funniest movies I've seen in a long time. Love the holding back of jokes, the animations during the drug scene, and that the movie knows how ridiculous it is with a "wink" toward the idea being unoriginal. I hope it does well this weekend.
    • David
      Right there with you, saw a press screening. No expectations, but it was free. Couldn't stop laughing. Throughout. 
    • Tyban
      Same Here. I went in with Low Expectations but was plesantly surprised and absolutely loved it. Check out my review.
  • I loved it.  Couldn't stop laughing throughout the movie.
  • Second week in a row I was pleasantly surprised. John Carter, now this.  Jonah Hill showed his clever ability to keep his tongue in his cheek. Nick Offerman's character had the most revelatory joke ever in a movie that never takes itself seriously.  Not a Tatum fan... but his character worked.  I actually cared for his character.  And the expected cameos?  Fantastic.  Though I was one of the many that hated the big street treatment of this beloved series from my generation... and I STILL think the Jumpstreet moniker was unnecessary... taken as a comedy action film... it stands on it's own.... and is the biggest surprise for me so far for the year.
  • Circusninja25
    I would have watched this movie...but that Tatum guys is such a horrible actor and his wigger'ness makes me sick to my stomach.....(thanx bro, for being in this i refuse to watch it)
    • ur_babys_daddy
      Open your mind. Thought he was a one note actor too, but its hilarious.
  • Goose
    I really disliked Channing Tatum up until I saw this movie, but he was really funny. I was pleasantly surprised. Overall, this was the funniest movie I've seen in a while. 
  • Chris Amaya
    I would imagine it being good.  I was at the WonderCon Panel today and they mentioned that Jonah Hill has been working on the script for the past five years. 
  • toan
    love it ! Although I think it kinda slow down in the 2nd half but overall it is a funny movie.
  • streetkid99
    never much cared for rats or snitches ....hard to find the concept as fit entertainment ....really nothing humorous about it....
    • ur_babys_daddy
      Sounds like you're getting a lot of "grape" in prison
    • Jnickbuentello
       is your handle really "streetkid"?  What a tool. 
  • Dj Nicke
    Saw it last night and LOVED IT! I wanted to hate it, I really did. I don't care for Jonah Hill, I hate 80's re-hashes, and I'm not a fan of irreverent humor, yet I couldn't stop laughing. I agree that you really do end up caring for these characters, and it's made me like both Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum. Great film! I loved John Carter as well. What's with these animation directors making the best live action films? Brad Bird with Mission Impossible as well. It's good to see people who know how to make movies once again.
  • ur_babys_daddy
    Funny as hell .Tatum brought his A game in this comedy. "Let's make a baby!"
  • A8fernandez
    Just finished watching it. I thought that the comedic roles of Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum were perfect. The jokes were comical without stupidity, the story was sound yet interesting.
  • Texas_Tee18
    The best part was seeing some of the cast from the original 80's series.
    • ur_babys_daddy
      No doubt. Glad no one spoiled it for me.
  • Johnalexpoppy4ever
  • Tanavp203
    "you have the have the right....TO SUCK MY D*CK!" lmfao i freakin loved this movie, i was in tears threw out the whole 1st half of the movie, 2nd half did slow down alil and got serious but was still very funny and enjoyable, i would not mind going to see this again!
    • Max Renn
      You threw out the whole 1st half of the movie?
      • You threw up the whole 1st half of the movie?
  • Yeah, this movie was hilarious. The tongue and cheek way they did all those references and the cameos were both fantastic. I was in tears at one point from laughing so hard. I probably wouldn't have even seen this in the theater except some friends invited me and it came in WAY above expectation.




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