December 31, 2013.

This blog is now closed. After three years and 311 posts, I have decided to end this blog. I have enjoyed watching the films, reviewing them, and interacting with global readers.

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Thank you to all the readers for your comments, ideas, and thoughts. They were helpful, stimulating, and enriching. This is Alene, signing off.

September 29, 2012

21 Jump Street (2012)

When it's over, stupid - that's my one word to describe 21 Jump Street.  I'm probably one of the few who just couldn't wait for this film to end.  Even an appearance from Johnny Depp couldn't redeem this senseless, pointless garbage of a film.  Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill served as producers, which could be one reason why this film just seemed to be a never ending joke.  Tatum and Hill are Jenko and Schmidt, two underachieving cops who go undercover in a high school to investigate a drug ring that is responsible for the death of one of its students.  This was a disappointing and poor adaptation of the popular television show of the 80's, which launched Depp's career.  All the elements of the TV show were gone, including the controversial teen issues and personal struggles of the undercover cops.  All the good stuff was replaced with clueless cops and their stupidity serving as comic relief.  Nothing about this film was appealing, absolutely nothing.  I cared nothing for the characters and felt what they got was what they deserved.  If these were the type of cops being generated from police academies, then I'd be afraid, very afraid.  But, oh yeah, it's all fiction. What a relief.  I get that it's comedy and even laughed at a few scenes, but crude style humour without substance is a definite turn-off, and even with Tatum's good looks, I couldn't be persuaded to like his character.

My rating: 1 out of 5



  1. This movie was HILARIOUS!!! I have probably seen this movie at least 10 times. I'll play it when I'm cleaning up and even when I just need a good laugh. Yes I agree nothing like the original. I think the ridiculous Johnny Depp Cameo just further emphasizes just how much he has changed since he stared in the original 21 Jump Street. He used to do such serious films like, Donnie Brasco, Leaving Las Vegas, Blow and now we see him playing more and more comical, querky characters, like Jack Sparrow and the Barber etc. I really didn't know Channing Tatum had it in him to be so funny and Jonah HIll, lets just say I've been a huge fan of his since he did Superbad.

    1. I know a lot of people liked this comedy, but I just couldn't see the humor in this film. I tried, but I just couldn't get into it. I'm not a fan of Jonah Hill, so perhaps that can be a big part of it. Johnny Depp starred in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and Nicholas Cage did Leaving Las Vegas. I get the two confused all the time. Both great films, by the way.