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21 Jump Street (2012)

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Average Rating: 7.2/10
Reviews Counted: 208
Fresh: 176 | Rotten: 32

A smart, affectionate satire of '80s nostalgia and teen movie tropes, 21 Jump Street offers rowdy mainstream comedy with a surprisingly satisfying bite.

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Average Rating: 7/10
Critic Reviews: 42
Fresh: 38 | Rotten: 4

A smart, affectionate satire of '80s nostalgia and teen movie tropes, 21 Jump Street offers rowdy mainstream comedy with a surprisingly satisfying bite.

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In the action-comedy 21 Jump Street, Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) are more than ready to leave their adolescent problems behind. Joining the police force and the secret Jump Street unit, they use their youthful appearances to go undercover in a local high school. As they trade in their guns and badges for backpacks, Schmidt and Jenko risk their lives to investigate a violent and dangerous drug ring. But they find that high school is nothing like they left it just a few years

Jun 26, 2012

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All Critics (208) | Top Critics (42) | Fresh (176) | Rotten (32) | DVD (9)

The late-eighties TV series is rebooted with jolts of sentiment, personal discovery, and wild comedy.

March 26, 2012 Full Review Source: New Yorker | Comment (1)
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The whole crew makes clear its affections for action cinema, trashy television and the YouTube generation alike while having fun at the expense of all three.

March 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Film.com
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A raucous, raunchy comedy.

March 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Comment (1)
Newark Star-Ledger
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This bracing new take on 21 Jump Street has a playful spark all its own. It's a blast.

March 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Comments (2)
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A try-anything, fitfully amusing muddle that wears its mocking cynicism a bit too proudly.

March 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Comments (18)
Globe and Mail
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"21" makes clear from the beginning it is gobbling up some pop culture refuse in the name of nothing more than making fun of it and having fun with it.

March 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Detroit News | Comment (1)
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A lot smarter and a lot funnier than it has any real right to be.

June 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin
Deadspin

Chaotic and far-fetched yet funny enough to have audiences rolling in the aisles.

March 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Concrete Playground
Concrete Playground

Given the broad drama of the series, their movie should be full of big ideas, and instead settles for redundant gags involving drugs, guns, and high school cliques.

January 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Toledo Blade
Toledo Blade

The supporting characters add depth to the comedic pairing of Tatum and Hill.

January 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Austin American-Statesman
Austin American-Statesman

Remake or no, this movie is hysterical.

January 8, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

21 Jump Street gets the remake job done with tongue-in-cheek style & plenty of outrageous moments.

September 30, 2012 Full Review Source: ScreenRant
ScreenRant

Because of Bacall's skill at writing great comedic material and Lord's and Miller's talent behind the camera, "21 Jump Street" became more than what it originally appeared to be, which is a surprise I'm always grateful for.

September 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

21 Jump Street takes the basic concept of the original series, and uses it to create an action/comedy that is not only palatable to modern audiences, but appealing as well.

September 15, 2012 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

Co-written, produced by, and stars Jonah Hill, who took exactly the right attitude towards the movie: He and his costar Channing Tatum embraced the stereotypes, laughed at themselves, and came up with a surprisingly funny film.

September 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Scene-Stealers.com
Scene-Stealers.com

21 Jump Street is a smartly stupid buddy comedy that plays with the ridiculousness of its set-up.

August 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

Interchangeable with dozens of other "dude" comedies that have come before it.

July 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Knight at the Movies | Comments (4)
Knight at the Movies

...feels more like a guerrilla stunt than a soulless and cynical cash grab. Hooray for Hollywood, I guess.

July 5, 2012 Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm
LarsenOnFilm

Slick and funny as hell, 21 Jump Street is one of the best comedies of the year.

June 27, 2012 Full Review Source: IGN DVD
IGN DVD

A raucous, entertaining, and incredibly funny film that respects the premise of the original series...

June 25, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

For an action comedy, "21 Jump Street" had less action or comedy than I expected. It felt as if I spent too much time waiting for something to happen-either for a joke to fire, or a pistol.

June 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Comments (9)
Movie Metropolis

The best thing that can be said for it is that it never coasts on just one type of joke; funny in execution, not just in concept.

June 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Experience
Film Experience

A floppy cross of high-school movie and buddy-cop comedy. Overdoses on flaccid penis and vagina 'jokes,' indulges in the ain't-this-cool?!ness of a cop-action flick, and passes out on the cliché-couch of bromance.

May 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada) | Comments (14)
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

The movie is perfectly pleasant, a smidgen too aware of itself but consistently sharp.

April 30, 2012 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

While the film struggles at the start as Tatum and Hill share little chemistry, they improve minute by minute and are one of the shining lights by the end, their journey boasting a surprising emotional pull.

April 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire
Fan The Fire

Feels like it's doing something new with the teen genre, while still acknowledging its debt to the classics that came before it.

April 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Ultra Culture
Ultra Culture

Audience Reviews for 21 Jump Street

three stars
February 16, 2014
YodaMasterJedi
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I laughed so hard so many times in this movie. Some scenes are ridiculously stupid and others are surprisingly really smart. In addition, Hill and Tatum have a great chemistry that makes their exchanges especially entertaining. 21 Jump Street makes up for flaws in its story by being highly enjoyable and absolutely hysterical.
January 28, 2014
Nikhil N.
Nikhil Nandu

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Fresh reboot for '21 Jump Street' series with the fresh performance from Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill..
September 6, 2013
ajaymuthecooldevils
Sanjaya 丘耀文

Super Reviewer

This movie was absolutely hilarious, and to its credit, wove in a real sense of humour about the ridiculousness of its mere existence; it had me from the moment that the police chief explained away the placement of the two delinquent cop heroes in the high school enforcement project with a comment about how the people who run this stuff lack creativity and are always resurrecting some lame program from the past and trying to pass it off as new (while Hill and Tatum listen, completely straight-faced). It's a buddy-cop, reluctant partner, action-comedy that's jammed with wise cracks, slapstick and mistaken identity, not to mention plenty more winks at the camera - and on top of it all, it tells a decent story about popularity, achievement and friendship. One of those rare comedies I know I could watch a hundred times, and among the most sadly overlooked films of 2012.
January 30, 2013
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    1. Deputy Chief Hardy: Did you say, You have the right to be an attorney?
    2. Schmidt: He could be an attorney if he wants.
    – Submitted by Bryan G (9 months ago)
    1. Eric Molson: You know what happens to a handsome guy like me in jail?! It rhymes with grape! It rhymes with grape.
    – Submitted by Joan P (9 months ago)
    1. Molly Tracey: Hey Brad. Whoa! What are you wearing?
    2. Jenko: Potassium Nitrate, thanks for noticing.
    – Submitted by Ann A (14 months ago)
    1. Schmidt: You know how Tom Cruise is always pissed off at Rainman? That's my life, except Brad is really shitty at math.
    – Submitted by Ann A (14 months ago)
    1. Annie Schmidt: What kind of a sick animal draws an ejaculating penis into an eight-year old's mouth?
    2. Jenko: It could be, like, an airplane throwing up.
    3. Annie Schmidt: You think I don't know that's a dick and balls? I know all about dick and balls! I used to party with Robert Downey Jr , when he was really fucked up and a lot of fun!
    – Submitted by Ann A (14 months ago)
    1. Jenko: Can I go take a dump?
    – Submitted by Ann A (14 months ago)
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