The gravitas of the late 1980s/early 1990s has gone (what price irony with all that hair), and with it went Depp’s special blend of caring cool. In its place we have post-postmodern irreverence and the currently ubiquitous Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill as Jenko and Schmidt: fresh faced cop-buds checkin’ out the use of a potentially lethal synthetic drug at – where else – their old high school.
An administrative glitch cleverly reverses their old stereotypical lives (and that of their off-screen images), so that podgy Schmidt gets to play school jock whilst a very buff Jenko mimes the science nerd. Once expectations have fallen just under the watermark on the school loo, it feels okay to sit back and relax into a pretty bromance between Schmidt and Jenko, some zippy action/ dialogue and a modicum of plot, as well as decent support provided by Franco brother Dave and Ice Cube.
21 Jump Street | Directed by Phil Lord, Christopher Miller (USA 2012) with Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube. Starts May 10