21 Jump Street

Theatrical Release: March 16, 2012
21 Jump Street


In the action-comedy “21 Jump Street,” in theaters March 16, 2012, Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) were enemies in high school who became unlikely friends in Police Academy. While they may not be the best cops on the beat, they have a chance to turn it around when they join the police department’s secret Jump Street unit, run by Captain Dickson (Ice Cube). They trade in their guns and badges for backpacks and use their youthful appearances to go undercover. Trouble is, teenagers today are nothing like what they were just a few years ago, and Schmidt and Jenko discover that everything they think they know about being a teenager, from sex to drugs to rock and roll, is all wrong. More importantly, they both find they are still dealing with all of the adolescent problems they didn’t address in their own teen years – and both will have to confront the terror and anxiety of being a teenager again and all the issues they thought they had left behind. The film is directed by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller. The screenplay is by Michael Bacall. Story by Michael Bacall & Jonah Hill. Based on the Television Series created by Patrick Hasburgh & Stephen J. Cannell. Produced by Neal H. Moritz and Stephen J. Cannell.

Dove Review

I felt like I needed to take a shower after watching this movie. The content in this picture is way over the top. I realize it is rated R but if the writer removed the F bomb from the dialog, it would cut down the movie’s run time by about a half hour or more. Seriously, do some of these writers just sit around and place the F word in every other sentence? That is lazy writing in my opinion. Can’t they be more clever with the dialog? One character even uses the F word while praying in a church.

The movie is about two young undercover cops who go to a High School to try to nail a drug dealer who is supplying the school with designer drugs. One teen recently died from an overdose. The two cops, played by Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill, are so naive that it does make for funny moments. They can’t even quote the Miranda Rights and when they make their first bust they high-five each other. One of the cops prays in church but doesn’t know how to end the prayer so he guesses and says, “The End”. However, the language in the film is non-stop; teens smoke marijuana and have a party with underage drinking, and that’s not all. Near the end of the film one character is shot in the privates and actually sees his dismembered body part next to him and decides to try to pick it up…with his teeth.

There were a few people talking about the “disgusting” scene as they left the theater. Johnny Depp has a cameo in the movie but he ends up shot in a graphic scene with blood flowing. We can’t come close to awarding our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to this stinker.

Content Description

Sex: A guy and two girls are seen in a bedroom having sex although it's not overly graphic; a ton of sexual innuendos and references including slang for male and female genitalia; the F word used in connection with having sex; a male student says he hasn't seen any "hot dudes" at the school; a man is seen picking up his male genitalia with his teeth after it is shot off, yes seriously.
Language: I lost count but a ton of the F word and several GD and J comments and about every curse word you can think of.
Violence: Punches thrown; people are shot and blood flows in a few scenes; guns held on people; people are slapped; vehicles collide and there are explosions; man beats up a Student Driver car driven by cops; slapstick humor; golf balls thrown at cars.
Drugs: Characters use and sell a designer drug; a character seen in a video is said to have died from designer drug overdose; several scenes of underage characters smoking marijuana and underage drinking; young man's parents smoke marijuana in car; character seen selling cocaine; a teacher is involved in dealing drugs.
Nudity: Rear male nudity; cleavage; shirtless men; a young man and two young women are seen nude from the side, and having sex, when someone suddenly opens a door.
Other: A character vomits; a racial term of n*gger is used in a song; some characters live for nothing but a hedonistic lifestyle; a Korean Jesus is seen on the cross at a church and a few characters mention the "Korean Jesus".


Company: Columbia Tri-Star Pictures
Director: Phil Lord & Chris Miller
Producer: Neal H. Moritz
Genre: Action
Runtime: 109 min.
Industry Rating: R
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter