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Columbia Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Meyer, Original Film and Relativity Media present an R rated, 109 minute action, comedy, directed by Phil Lord, Chris Miller, written by Michael Bacall and Jonah Hill with a theatrical release of March 16, 2012.

Is it possible to take an old hit television show and make it into a blockbuster movie?  Well not so often but in this case it stands a much better chance than not!  In the year 2005 Schmidt (Jonah Hill), a not so popular nerd with braces, attends the same high school as Jenko (Channing Tatum) the long haired, good looking jock that of course is as dumb as a rock.  Not quite friends in high school but seven years later when they both end up at the police academy they soon bond.  Why?  Well one has muscles and the other has brains so they decide to share their God given talents with each other, soon becoming true friends and later graduating from the academy.  Their first job in the field, cops on bikes, not exactly what they expected, at least not what Jenko thought he’d become.  One bad arrest with a group of bikers and soon the boys are transferred to “21 Jump Street”. 

Arriving at the Aroma of Christ Church they soon meet up with their new boss, no not the Korean Jesus but rather Captain Dickson (Ice Cube).  First assignment is to pose undercover as students at Sagan High School.  Someone is selling a synthetic drug known as HFS and one student has already over-dosed.  It just so happened to be a white student!  Inside joke, you’ll get it after you see the film!  Schmidt now known as Doug and Jenko known as Brad are brothers and what was once a day when Jenko was the popular one has now become a new generation whereas Schmidt now rules.  Brad blames ten years of Glee!  Although Brad surely doesn’t become too popular when on his first day of school he punches a little gay black boy in the face.  Not the earth friendly, politically correct thing to do in this day and age.

Doug meets Molly (Brie Larson), his new love interest in drama class and eventually gets turned on to Eric (Dave Franco), Brad’s love interest.  No actually just kidding, although Brad aka Jenko does seem to have a little homoerotic side to his character!  Eric ends up being a dealer and sells the brothers their first hit which turns out to be a very funny, ‘this is your brain on drugs’ moment.  The brothers from other mothers throw a house party and soon work their way into the circle of Eric, gaining his trust.   Although all things are not as one would think, Doug is Peter Pan, gets the girl, Brad is chilling with the nerds and discovers he likes chemistry.  What else could go beyond the norm?  Try a non-explosive car chase scene between Peter Pan, the chemistry man and a bunch of thugs that are all just a little too familiar.  PETA will be all over this feather flying moment.  Fried chicken anyone!

Like most kids that age the first time seems to happen at the Prom.  In the end, at this Tijuana Prom night, out with the old and in with the new.  Sex, drugs, rock and roll, limo wars, guns and roses all lead up to the meaning of friends, the passing of time and that final kiss.  Next stop college!

Far from the seriousness of the television show this film takes a jump into comedy and it works.  Nice direction, some funny and sometimes off the beaten path writing this story has a few dull moments and over the tops sequences but it will definitely keep your attention.  Hill and Tatum play well together even though Hill steals the comedic side with a bit of his dry monotone antics.  Tatum of course once again will capture the female eye in the audience.  He actually does a nice job here in the comedy genre, a stretch from his rough or romantic fanfare.  Now if his face can master the fine job his body is doing most of the time than we’d have an A grade on this theatrical test.  Larson contributes to the story giving a fine performance but it is Franco that steals most of the scenes as the young leader of the school pack.  The film also incorporates several other characters Mr. Walters (Rob Riggle) the teacher with a hate for Doug, Ms. Griggs (Ellie Kemper) the teacher with a love for Brad and Principle Dadier (Jake M. Johnson) who has just an overall hate for both of the so called brothers.  You’ll notice a few surprises throughout this story that will have the older generation flashing back to fond memories of yesteryear.  Overall this film should see a nice ride at the box office that is until the “Hunger Games” hit.  Written and thoroughly enjoyed with two and half paws out of four by Jon Patch.

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Jon Patch

Graduated from Penn State University in 1983 and landed my first broadcasting job at the flagship station to SUN Radio Network in St. Petersburg, FL as a producer of talk radio. In 3 months advanced to a network producer, then on air as a national eventually local weather reporter for the Tampa Bay area. Held a position in management as a trainer to new hosts and producers and later Affiliate Relations Manager, eventually in 1990 started hosting, Talkin' Pets. Left SUN radio several years later and worked with USA Radio Networks for 1 year. I worked with Business TalkRadio & Lifestyle TalkRadio Networks for19 years under the title of V.P. Affiliate Relations and Programming, later worked with Genesis Communications until starting a new network ATRN.  Currently working with GAB Radio Network and with Josh Leng at Talk Media Network.  I am still hosting the largest and longest running pet radio and internet show in the country, Talkin' Pets, for the past 29 years... My one true passion in life is to help to educate the world through interviews with celebrities like Betty White, Tippi Hedren, Bob Barker, Linda Blair and others, authors, foundations and organizations like the ASPCA, LCA, HSUS, AHA, WSPA on the ways to make this world a better place for all animals and mankind whom all share this very fragile and mysterious planet called earth. This is the only home we have so we all need to learn how to share and maintain it so that life for us all continues and evolves forever...

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