Weekend Pick: '21 Jump Street'
Tue, 20 Mar 2012

For the second weekend in a row, 'Dr. Seuss' The Lorax' took the top box office spot, leaving behind a disappointed "John Carter," among other would-be contenders. This week, the mustachioed maverick may very well be recycled as the box office winner yet again, since only one film opens wide on Friday. However, after a couple weeks of good clean fun, theater-going audiences might just be ready for something a little raunchier, which is exactly what this weekend's lone wide-release is offering.

"21 Jump Street," a comedic adaptation of the late '80s TV drama that launched Johnny Depp's career, comes crashing into a theater near you on Friday. The R-rated comedy that laughs in the face of the MPAA may fare quite well, considering its two main competitors are a Disney movie and a cartoon. But before you head to the theaters, you should be armed with some vital information, so we boil down the movie and predict what kind of fans might enjoy it.

21 Jump Street

Rated R for crude and sexual content, pervasive language, drug material, teen drinking and some violence.

What's the Story?

Officers Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) are former high school enemies who find themselves fast friends in police academy. Upon receiving their badges, the underachieving duo is relegated to the biker-cop beat, far from the action they had imagined. Since they are baby-faced and Bieber-looking, the friends are picked by the department's top-secret Jump Street unit to go undercover at a local high school, with the hopes of flushing out a new synthetic drug supplier. In order to get the bad guy, Schmidt and Jenko will have to learn all there is to know about today's high school kids, while unlearning everything they thought they knew. Along the way, they'll be forced to confront not just the drug dealer, but the same inadequacies that plagued them in their adolescence.

Who Will Dig It?

Fans of R-rated comedies, action/adventure, detective stories, fish-out-of-water tales, imaginative adaptations, Channing Tatum, and Jonah Hill should find this film arrestingly entertaining.

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