August 27, 2012

21 Jump Street (2012)

Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill

Whoever came up with the idea for Magic Mike is a genius. Why? Because the only reason women go watch a Channing Tatum movie is to see him take his clothes off (ahem, The Vow). And yet, he keeps popping up in other movies, as though he were a real actor. Weird.

And while we're at it, Jonah Hill's recent weight loss and Oscar nomination (wtf?) aren't fooling anyone - he'll forever be known as that fat kid from Superbad. But at least he is believable as a nerd who looks like a high school kid. So score one for the casting director.

And that's pretty much where the good news ends. I never saw the original, so maybe the plot is exactly the same (and thereby as stupid), but I felt as thought I actually lost brain cells watching this. Like, a 'before' and 'after' picture could have been taken of my brain the way they do with heavy drinkers and drug users. This movie was obviously targeted toward immature high school/slacker college guys, with their jokes about sex and poop. Yes, drugs shaped like poop. That you eat. Hilarious.

I sort of wish I could make more comments about this movie, but my brain wisely forgot most of the "plot" immediately after watching it (in self-preservation, no doubt). It reminded me a bit of the movie The Other Guys, except that movie was actually funnier than expected (though still dumb) and this one was less so. When your movie is worse than a Will Ferrell movie, that is saying something.

Final word: The three people I watched this with fell asleep. I envy them.

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