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“21 Jump Street” shines as a hilarious comedy starring Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill.
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By Zac Vierra — Copy Editor

“21 Jump Street” stars Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum as two police officers fresh out of the police academy. The movie is a re- make of the 1980’s show with the same title, starring Johnny Depp.

When Schmidt, played by Hill, and Jenko, played by Tatum, start their job, it is not as exciting as they expected. They roll around on bikes searching for crime in a park. When the duo finally busts a man for drugs, they celebrate comically, as if scoring the winning touchdown in the Super Bowl.

When Tatum fails to read the man his Miranda rights, the charges are dropped, and the beginner cops are punished by working undercover on a case based out of an abandoned church at 21 Jump Street.

As Hill and Tatum report to 21 Jump Street, they meet their new boss, Captain Dickson, played by Ice Cube. The men are assigned to go undercover at a local high school to try to infiltrate a new drug ring.

In school, the out-of-shape, nerdy Hill is placed in theater class and is forced to run track while the jock, Tatum, is placed in Advanced Placement chemistry. Hill becomes friends with the popular kids while Tatum hangs out with the nerds. This reverses the roles that the characters had when they actually attended high school.

The movie is part “Superbad” and part “Bad Boys,” with high school drama, parties, car chases, and a climactic shootout, with hilarity throughout.

A slimmed down Hill steals the show with awkward one-liners that keep the audience laughing for the entire film. He makes strides in the role of Schmidt, who gets another chance to return to high school and be accepted.

Together, the two make a hilarious bud- dy cop duo. Each time Hill and Tatum catch a bad guy, they celebrate by yelling profanities, which is funnier each time.

In one scene, Hill and Tatum take the drug that they are trying to investigate so the drug dealer trusts them. They then try to make each other throw up the drug by sticking their hands down the other person’s throat. When they can’t get the drug out, the effects only add to the humor.

“21 Jump Street” even mocks itself, poking fun at remaking things from the 1980’s. The car chase scene makes fun of explosions in movies, and is one of the funniest parts of the film.

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