Movie Review: '21 Jump Street' Prepare to be Humored

21 Jump Street, featuring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, opens at theaters on Friday, March 16.

The action-comedy film "21 Jump Street" follows rookie cops Schmidt (Hill) and Jenko (Channing) as they join the police force and the even more elusive Jump Street unit.

The movie kicks off with the two partners still in high school themselves and then fast forwards as the they become police academy buddies and rookie officers. Together these two are assigned to the Jump Street unit and sent undercover at a local high school. While trying to uncover a drug supplier at the school, Schmidt and Jenko are forced to face issues they thought were long behind them, only now they are in a whole new realm of high school.

The film is based on the Fox show from the late 1980’s that made Johnny Depp a star. According to Julian Roman of MovieWeb “Apart from the general premise, this movie is completely different from the television show; although it does play a few well-timed homages.”

Here’s what other movie critics have to say about “21 Jump Street”:

Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who directed "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" hit on just the right tone. It’s not too serious, even the action scenes have funny self-referential bits, but Hill and Tatum’s performances make ’21 Jump Street’ way better than you’d have imagined it could ever be. - Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic
The film makes high school comedy feel young again: considering its stars are in their late 20s and early 30s, that’s no mean feat. - Robbie Collin, The Telegraph
“21 Jump Street” makes a virtue of its own lack of novelty, reveling in its dumb gags and retrograde attitudes — in 2012 women can actually be funny, guys! — with such unaffected exuberance that you may find yourself not only tickled, but also charmed.  - A.O. Scott, New York Times

Showtimes: Great Escape 14 

Ready to see "21 Jump Street"? Head to , 2160 Hamilton Creek Parkway. For more theater information and links to showtimes and pricing,  or call 678-482-0624.


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