Streets ahead

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Eguide Dvds -

THERE was al­ways a ridicu­lous­ness be­hind the idea of the 1980s TV se­ries

21 Jump Street in which fresh- faced po­lice of­fi­cers were as­signed to schools as un­der­cover agents to bust crime. Thank­fully this fea­ture film re­tool­ing goes down the path of play­ing it for laughs and stays clear of forced drama. Fun­nier than it has any right be­ing, it fol­lows a cou­ple of cop­pers ( played by Jonah Hill and Chan­ning Ta­tum, pic­tured) who are as­signed the task of bring­ing down a high school drug ring which is ped­dling a pow­er­ful new syn­thetic drug with deadly side ef­fects. An ab­surd and play­ful ac­tion com­edy, this one em­braces the crazy and the crude. But it of­fers more than just the usual boy jokes and japes too. It ebbs and flows as mod­ern come­dies do but it’s mostly able to sus­tain a good beat and de­liver some wildly sat­is­fy­ing en­ter­tain­ment.

Ex­tras: Plenty on both DVD and BD re­leases with a mix of di­rec­tor/ cast com­men­tary, fea­turettes, gag reel and al­ter­nate line footage. NOT VIEWED.

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