21 Jump Street

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +1

Content: -4

Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Brie Larson, Ice Cube. Comedy/action/adventure. Written by Michael Bacall, Jonah Hill. Directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.

FILM SYNOPSIS: Two immature high school grads join the police force and are assigned to the secret Jump Street unit, using their youthful appearance to go undercover at a troubled high school. Based on the TV series from the 1980s, with R-rated comic material used to update the story.

PREVIEW REVIEW: In a way, I was forced to attend this screening. I had absolutely nothing else to write about this week. Sadly, I knew what to expect. Along with a few clever moments, the storyline was riddled with crudity and obscenity, it being just another in the long line of raunchy comedies. I fear comic crudity will last as long as Hip Hop.

Iíll give the filmmakers this: at least they presented the raunchy humor with a touch of cleverness. But itís still raunchy humor. Before I lost count, I heard over a hundred combined uses of the s- and f-words, plus several other equally offensive words, as well as four or five uses of Godís name followed by a curse. The violence was played for laughs, as was the drug and alcohol use done by teenagers with our two ďheroesĒ plying the high schoolers with the substances at a party that rivals John Belushiís frat orgy in Animal House. At one point a villain was shot in the groin, the bullet severing his penis. This, the writers, the actors and the audience found amusing. Oh, and it got even more graphic and stupid than that.

Jonah Hill has much to offer moviegoers, as evidenced in Moneyball. But he, like most of todayís comedians, plays it safe. He garners laughs from the toilet bowl. Itís the easiest way to get a laugh Ė put on screen what your parents told you never to say or do in public. This humor is generated from the ďI-canít-believe-I-just-saw-thatĒ school of comedy. It will be interesting to see him attempt a joke that depends on wit rather than the visual gag of showing someone vomit, or, no, I canít say the rest. You might find it gross. I know I did.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Crude humor from sexual comments and visuals throughout; much of the humor is garnered from raunchy comments about body parts and sexual activity.

Obscene Language: Over a hundred curse words before I lost count.

Profanity: Four profane uses of Godís name, two of Christís.

Violence: Lots of shooting, car chases and none punching, mostly played for laughs, including the view of two Federal agents lying in a pool of their own blood, the red liquid flowing from the wounds in their necks as they lie dying. Lots of blood as two men die from gunshot wounds.

Sex: Lots of sexual conversations, mostly as crude as they can get; the visual of three nude teenagers having sex; other graphic situations.

Nudity: Brief nudity.

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: Drug and alcohol use, mostly by underage users.

Other: None

Running Time: 95 minutes
Intended Audience: Morons

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