Rude, crude and rowdy, "21 Jump Street"purports to be a major Hollywood movie. But it sure looks like the kind of trash TV that Jerry Springer used to promote.
However, this convoluted cop/buddy flick does manage to create some raunchy laughs in spite of the totally brain-dead story.
Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum play the unlikely pals who become undercover cops at their old high school. They're trying to identify nasty drug dealers at the school. Their investigation starts out as sweet-natured fun. But in the end, they engage in all manner of ridiculous R-rated activity.
Of course, they host a mandatory wild teenage party replete with alcohol, drugs and mindless sexual activity. Simplistic and stupid, no silly plot development is left behind. But the violently realistic shoot-out that ends with a pile of bloody corpses seems way out of place in this otherwise formula action comedy.
This movie is immature, raucous and full ofF-bombs. It will please the target audience that enjoys this type of bawdy low-brow entertainment. But it sure looks like the top layer of the dank compost heap that has become our current pop culture.