I know, I know...we're completely behind the times. So what else is new?
A couple of weeks ago, J and I managed to stay up late enough to watch a movie. A true rarity these days. We had heard from a couple of people (one of whom was my college-aged brother) that 21 Jump Street was actually pretty funny.
OF COURSE we were. Let's be real here, people. That's totally right up our alleys.
When I saw the trailer for this movie, I thought it looked nothing short of ridiculous. In the stupid way, not the funny way. I had no desire to see it. But it turns out, I'm pretty glad I watched! It was laugh out loud funny.
Jonah Hill is a funny guy. For reals. Have you ever seen him not be funny? (In a comedy, at least? I realize that he has dropped the weight and is trying to become a more serious actor, but come on...he'll always be the chubby kid with the jew fro from SuperBad.)
Channing Tatum plays a pretty, stupid boy pretty well. In my mind, this is not terribly far from reality.
What I loved the most about this movie is it made fun of itself. It realized that it had stemmed from a tired 1980's television series, and in order to make the film plausible in the least, it had to acknowledge the ridiculousness of this fact. Well done. I especially love the angry black police captain, played by Ice Cube. (Or is it Ice-T? I always get them confused.)
This one is worth watching. If I managed to stay up past 10:00, and didn't regret that use of my awake time? That must be the mark of a solid movie.