From the desk of The Movie Snob.
21 Jump Street (B). I have never seen the late 1980s TV show that inspired this movie, and there may have been some inside jokes that went over my head. But I still enjoyed this somewhat shaggy tale about a couple of rookie cops who go undercover as high-school students to try to bust a dangerous drug ring. The buddy cops are good in their roles: Jonah Hill (Superbad) is Schmidt, who was an unpopular nerd in high school, and Channing Tatum (She’s the Man) is Jenko, who was a popular jock back in the day. But a mix-up in their class schedules accidentally sends Schmidt to mingle with the cool kids and Jenko to flounder with the nerds in AP chemistry. Of course, Jenko comes to regret his past as a mean jock, and Schmidt starts to forget his police assignment as he gets accepted by the cool kids. Ice Cube (Three Kings) has fun chewing the scenery as the buddies’ angry police captain. And yes, Johnny Depp (TV’s 21 Jump Street) does make an appearance. Rated R for lots of shoot-em-up violence but mainly, I expect, for constant bad language and some crude sexual talk.