Tag: Phil Lord

Last time on 21 Jump Street:

Captain Dickson: Enough, already. Enough. New assignment. Since you two cowboys love to drink booze, smoke weed with kids and f**k anything with a big ass in jeans with low self-esteem, I’m a send you to a place where all that s**t is allowed.
Jenko: Oh, I love Disneyland.
Captain Dickson: You two sons of bitches are goin’ to college!
Schmidt: Yes!
Jenko: No!

I wanted to believe that ending to 21 Jump Street would be good open ending to one of the biggest surprises of 2012.  Two years later, Schmidt and Jenko are back in 22 Jump Street. Equally surprising is the sequel being as good as the original. The Phil Lord and Christopher Miller film has the same quick wit, bromantic tendencies and over the top ridiculousness as the first. Even Deputy Chief Hardy (Nick Offerman) is pretty clear when he says with a deadpan delivery: “You’re doing the same thing. The thing you did the first time; you’re doing it again, because it was successful”. There are a few moments like that where the cast doesn’t tear down the 4th wall, but they do give it a swift knock. Poignantly self-aware, even mocking its very existence; 22 Jump Street is smart, crude, crass, raunchy and as surprisingly good as the first.



lego movie


The Lego Movie isn’t the story of Ole Kirk Christiansen; a Danish toymaker whose plain plastic building bricks were first made of wood. As interesting as that story is, The Lego movie is another mis-marketed, 3D, CGI-fest that should’ve been a movie that is definitive of a generation.  The premise is a flimsy as a Lego city mat causing the film to drag on a bit. However, one shouldn’t let a strong script or developed plot dissuade you from seeing this yourself. The level of detail is astounding and dare I say, physically unbelievable; and that’s just in the Warner Brothers’ logo.


I cannot stress this enough – going into 21 Jump Street, the last words on my mind were words like “hilarious”, “instant classic”, or even “that was surprisingly fun”.  As a fan of the original 1980s television show upon which this new movie was based, I really had to wonder if this was going to be straw that broke the remake/reboot trend’s back.  Oddly enough, 21 Jump Street has turned out to be the kind of touchstone movie that producers and directors are going to look to as an example of how well an old property can be updated.  By turning a solid teen melodrama into an outrageous “oh, man, they actually went there” film, 21 Jump Street doesn’t hesitate to not only find the line and cross it, but it drags the line to a completely other level before crossing it again.


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