21 Jump Street (2012)

Feature Film | Comedy | USA | English | 1h49m
Dir: Phil Lord & Chris Miller | Scr: Michael Bacall | Story: Michael Bacall & Jonah Hill | TV Series: Patrick Hasburgh & Stephen J. Cannell | Ph: Barry Peterson | Prod: Stephen J. Cannell & Neal H. Moritz | Mus: Mark Mothersbaugh | Ed: Joel Negron | PD: Peter Wenham | AD: Thomas Valentine | Snd: Geoffrey G. Rubay | Cast: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Brie Larson, Dave Franco, Rob Riggle, DeRay Davis, Ice Cube, Dax Flame, Chris Parnell, Ellie Kemper

After botching their first arrest, two rookie cops find themselves transferred to 21 Jump Street – a precinct specialising in undercover youth work. Their first assignment is to infiltrate a teenaged drug-dealing gang at a local high school. However, much has changed in the seven years since they graduated, not the least of which being the constituents of cool, making their task a great deal harder than they had envisioned. For the most part, this reboot of the 1980s television series proves an amiable, self-deprecating romp, filled with charismatic performances and good gags. However, the violence that closes the film out, which arrives without any real notice, leaves something of a bad taste. Had there been some sort of forewarning earlier in the film, or a more consistently blackly comic tone, the result might have been somewhat different. Generally very entertaining, though.