The plot of ’21 Jump Street’ is standard fare stuff. Launching on the premise of the television series where cops infiltrate a high school on an undercover operation, and following with a series of plot points you could easily foresee a mile away.
What makes the movie special and uncommonly hysterical is the comic inventiveness infused throughout, and the instantly likeable chemistry between the film’s leads, played with terrific enthusiasm by Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum.
Credit directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs), and writers Hill and Michael Bacall (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), with going in knowing the expectations for a cheesy and tired piece of raunch-soaked nostalgia, and subverting those expectations just enough to feel fresh and surprising.
The effectiveness of comedy can be so subjective, but for my money it’s the funniest movie of its kind since ‘The Other Guys’.