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21 Jump Street

They're too old for this shift. 

Year: 2012 
Running Time:
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1 (Scope) 
Certificate: BBFC 15 Cert – Not suitable for under 15s 
Subtitles: This film is not expected to be subtitled, though this cannot be guaranteed. 
Directed by Phil Lord, Chris Miller 
Starring: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Brie Larson, Ice Cube  
An image from 21 Jump Street

Schmidt (Jonah Hill, Superbad, The Watch) and Jenko (Channing Tatum, The Vow) are two rookie cops. Natural enemies in high school, they become friends in the police academy; graduating together as partners. The duo end up stuck on the park patrol with far less excitement than hoped for and far more ‘homeless doody’ than they had expected. Their break comes in arresting a group of drug dealers, but since Jenko didn’t read them their Miranda rights, they have to be released. As punishment, the pair are transferred to an undercover department; where they are sent back to their old high school to infiltrate a drugs ring supplying a new and highly dangerous drug… HFS.

A remake of a 1980’s TV show, but bringing a humour all its own, 21 Jump Street is one of the best comedies of the year. Jonah Hill is one of the writers so expect more of the caustic humour you loved in Superbad.

With a strong supporting cast all round, Ice Cube stands out as the no-nonsense, abuse-slinging, angry black police chief, who even takes pot shots at the entire premise of the film. Brie Larson, who you may recognise as Envy from Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, shines in an entirely different role as Schmidt’s love interest; a girl who’s far too young for him to be having the thoughts he’s definitely not having about her…

Packed to the rafters with laughs, 21 Jump Street is the perfect way to treat yourself before you start the serious business of lectures.

Natalie Tyldesley

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Screenings of this film:

2012/2013 Autumn Term (35mm)
2012/2013 Autumn Term (35mm)