by Annette Bourdeau
Hollywood seems intent on reviving popular ’80s TV shows for the big screen these days, with varying degrees of success. Flicks like The A-Team and Miami Vice fell a bit flat, while ventures like Alvin & the Chipmunks (the first and second movies, anyway) actually lived up to the ’80s TV series.
This week’s release 21 Jump Street, thankfully, falls into the latter category. The big screen adaptation of the popular ’80s cop show starring Johnny Depp is fast-paced, funny and even has a little heart. (And yes, Depp has a great cameo.) Stars Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum play well off of each other as the sensitive nerd and dumb beefcake, respectively.
As in the series, our two heroes are undercover cops based out of a run-down church on Jump Street. This time around, they get sent back to high school to infiltrate a deadly drug ring. This triggers major anxiety for Hill’s character, since high school was no picnic for nerds in his day. Tatum’s character, on the other hand, goes into the operation expecting to be big man on campus again.
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