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21 Jump Street (DVD) Review

/ Jul 11th, 2012 1 Comment

21 Jump Street - DVD Review

21 Jump Street - DVD Review

21 Jump Street – DVD Review

21 Jump Street starred Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill as two young cops that have to go undercover and relive (albeit with switched social roles) their high school years. The movie is a nod to the popular TV show from years gone by and featured a surprisingly funny comedic experience and decent action for a fun movie experience.


I skipped out on watching 21 Jump Street in the theaters due to what looked like a campy, overdone script and funny moments that fell flat. Watching it on DVD, hopes were not high but were quickly turned around thanks to a film that enjoyed some very quick funny moments early. From there the comedy was actually brilliant throughout as the script was fantastic and both Tatum and Hill forming what was a great oddball comedic team. Admittedly, I totally misjudged the movie from the trailers and now regret not having watched this sooner. There’s just a ton of big laugh moments in this movie and at the end you’ll have felt like you watched a really good comedy.


Tatum and Hill play polar opposites from their high school days, one a popular jock and the other an unpopular nerdy Eminem wanna-be. However, as rookie cops they bonded to be friends and they bumbled through their first arrest. From there they are assigned to “Jump Street” to go undercover at a high school to unearth the truth behind a new designer drug catching on with high school students. From there they try to integrate into a new-age high school world where the nerds are popular and the jocks are frowned upon, switching the roles they were accustomed to. While they are trying to solve the mystery of who is behind the drug they also wrestle with understanding their roles as friends and the strain of what it means to be back in high school. It’s a decent enough plot that everyone could see coming, but for this comedy, it totally works.

Extra Features

The DVD extras include a director and cast commentary, behind-the-scenes featurette, and some deleted scenes. The featurette was pretty good and showed the effort on many levels that went into making the movie. As usual the deleted scenes were nothing special and I would have gladly traded these out for a gag reel (which is on the Bluray edition).

Overall Impression

If you were like me and passed on 21 Jump Street in the theater, I’d highly recommended it for a rent at the very least and would even say you can buy it on merit alone – it totally holds up. Tatum and Hill make for a perfect odd-couple comedic team that you really root for and the comedic will definitely have you laughing throughout the whole film. From an entertainment perspective, the movie surprised me as to how darn funny it was and is a perfect date movie if you want to laugh with your significant other. There is a lot of “adult language” used so that’s really the only warning if you’re sensitive to that kind of thing. The extras weren’t anything special and far from numerous and the audio/video quality was on par with recent Hollywood DVD releases. Overall, 21 Jump Street comes highly recommended because of it’s high entertainment score.

Overall Ratings – 21 Jump Street (DVD)









Sean W. Gibson

Sean W. Gibson

Founder, Featured Contributor at Gaming Illustrated
Sean Gibson has been the owner and Executive Editor of Gaming Illustrated for over eleven years. His roles include acting as CEO and President of Gaming Illustrated, LLC and also includes being a reviewer, previewer and interviewer. Sean's opinions on this site do not reflect those of his full-time employer.
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One response to “21 Jump Street (DVD) Review”

  1. gridlockmanifesto says:

    I regret not watching the movie in the theaters too, at least the dollar theater. I bought my home theater equipment for a reason though, and it was just as enjoyable renting it from my Dish account through Dish Online. The movie was funny and not too campy at all. I’m glad my Dish co-worker suggested it when he saw the movie online because I haven’t laughed that hard in a long time. Now when I want to stream a movie rental, instead of waiting for one in the mail when I’m in between movies, I search on Dish Online since everything is so easy to look at and decide.

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