21 Jump Street (15)

Directors: Phil Lord, Chris Miller
Cast: Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Ice Cube
After a number of insipid B-rate romantic films (Dear John, The Vow), Tatum finally delivers a genuinely terrific role in this new comedy from the directors of the brilliant Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs. As washed up cop Jenko, alongside best friend Schmidt (Hill), he is recruited to a special assignment, undercover as a high school student in order to get to the bottom of a burgeoning drug ring. Here's the trailer.

The universal experiences of high school dating, throwing the ultimate party, and the tension between geeks and jocks, are given vitality by well-defined leads who, with the exception of an uncomfortable drug-fuelled sequence, are largely likeable and interesting. Unfortunately, while the film is certainly not short on ideas, there is little that is new joke-wise, with the laughs increasingly being milked from an all too familiar reliance on sex and genitals, a shame when Meatballs was so refreshing in it’s use of wacky, unconventional humour.
Rating: 3/5
Words by Ali Bianchi. Catch Ali and Adam's regular Film Clash podcast here.

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