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.