21 Jump Street (2012) Review

I’ve been reading a lot of positive reviews of this movie, but I have to disagree with how positive they are.  Were there funny moments in this movie?  Yes.  However, I also thought there were also a handful of jokes that were awkward or a little too cheesy/corny for me.  I’m not saying this movie is so awful no one should watch it, because I can see people enjoying this movie.  I just don’t know if I’d recommend watching it in theaters.  I also don’t know if I’d give it a high a rating as I feel a lot of critics are giving it.  If I could go back in time, I would have saved my money and waited for this movie to become available on rental or online streaming.

I think I read in some Entertainment Weekly interview (can’t remember with who or what article and issue specifically), but I think I remember reading that the original script was a bit more serious, but then Jonah Hill came on board and they realized the movie wasn’t going to turn out to be anything but comedic.  I couldn’t help laughing when I read that article—it came out I think a week or two before the movie was released in theaters, and I admit that after reading it I became more curious about seeing the movie.

I’ve never watched the original series, so I don’t think I can really give an opinion about whether or not fans of the original will dislike it or hate it.  I’m sure a case could be made for either.

Anyway, here’s my ratings breakdown for this movie:

Originality: **
Picture: ****
Sound: ****
Story: ***
Casting: ****
Re-watch Factor: **
Overall: ***

FINAL VERDICT: C-

In the end, I don’t really have too much else to say about this movie.  I will say though that I am eagerly looking forward to this Friday for The Hunger Games.  I’m not sure I’d watch the movie for Catching Fire or Mockingjay, since I didn’t enjoy those books as much, but if the trailer for those seems promising, I might change my mind and give them a shot.   The first book in the series though was a great read, so hopefully the movie meets my expectations.

Not sure when I’ll be writing my next entry, but see you all then!

10 responses to “21 Jump Street (2012) Review

  1. Hill and Tatum are great together here and add a lot to this film’s comedy but it’s just the way it is all written that makes it even richer. It’s making fun of those high school comedy conventions but at the same time, is inventing it’s own as it goes on. Great review.

    • Dannnnn~~ I’ve missed you poking your head in here!! Haha.

      I don’t know, somehow this film didn’t completely do it for me. I do think Tatum and Hill were great, but I think I was kind of annoyed of the supporting characters.

      Thanks for stopping by! 😀

  2. At least you didn’t make the mistake I did, which is seeing Project X while 21 Jump Street was playing right next to it. While Project X and 21 Jump Street are kind of sort of similar in genre, Project X was just nothing short of one cringe-inducing scene of mean-spirited debauchery after another. Despite it being a comedy, I haven’t laughed once for all of Project X.

    • Hahaha, oh no!! I actually was confused what the appeal of Project X was to begin with for people. The point of a “wild party” is to actually be part of said party, right? So I wasn’t really sure what the filmmakers were going for since it seemed like the audience would just be watching a party they weren’t going to be part of.

      Thanks for stopping by and subscribing, and hopefully the next movie you pick won’t be so bad!!

    • Perhaps, but Jersey Shore is also “real people,” and Project X is scripted, so you’d think maybe people wouldn’t be as interested. Then again, if I’m looking at the right information it’s already reaped in more than it’s original budget, so I suppose that’s saying something.

  3. Hmmmm, I have been hearing some good things about this film. However, your review sort of confirms my own suspicions that I had about the movie. I think I will be waiting to check this out via Red Box or streaming. Nice review Rae

    • Thanks! 😀 Lol, and you know, there was one part of the film too where they were making fun of Jesus by calling him “Korean Jesus,” and for some reason it kind of bothered me. Now religious jokes in general don’t bother me and I’m usually not bothered by the occasional jab against Koreans or Asian culture in general, but somehow that particular joke was a little awkward for me. On the one hand, I could see why it was funny, but on the other hand, it seemed borderline mean-spirited? I don’t know. Perhaps I was reading too much into it, but honestly I think from that point I was just generally turned off by the movie. I’d love to hear your opinion on it after you watch it (whenever that may be). Something was just off to me about the delivery of it.

  4. Solid review but there is something about the movie and the characters of Hill and C-Tates that seems a bit too familiar to them. I mean is it a stretch to assume that C-Tates was a douchy high school jock and jerk. I don’t think so.

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