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Film: 21 Jump Street

Year 2012

Cast: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Brie Larson, Dave Franco, Rob Riggle, DeRay Davis, Ice Cube, Dax Flame, Chris Parnell, Ellie Kemper, Jake M. Johnson, Nick Offerman, Holly Robinson Peete, Johnny Pemberton, Stanley Wong.

Plot: In high school, Schmidt (Jonah Hill) was a dork and Jenko (Channing Tatum) was the popular jock. After graduation, both of them joined the police force and ended up as partners riding bicycles in the city park. Since they are young and look like high school students, they are assigned to an undercover unit to infiltrate a drug ring that is supplying high school students synthetic drugs.

Review: originally a long running TV Series from the late 80’s early 90’s with a very Youthful Johnny Depp, although not old enough to remember the original series, cough, cough splutter, splutter! this made a cracking one off comedy film, the comedy pairing of Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum is pure film magic, they bounce of each other with very little effort for maximum return. Also another Superbad actor Dave Franco makes an appearance as the posh drug pusher Eric Molson another great actor.

Not very convincing as high school kids Hill and Tatum stumble their way to success after a dodgy start taking drugs in school, getting expelled then getting their man at the end.

The background to the two characters is explained fully at the start which is good, then also how they eventually become friends whilst both training to be cops, the first time they make a bust had me in hysterics, both on push bikes chasing down biker stoners. Although the reading of his rights became “you have the right to remain silent……. Mother fucker!” this is what gets them transferred to jump street.

Once at high school they don’t really get off on the wrong foot when Tatum hits a black kid for giving him attitude and telling him to turn they gay music off! The guys reply “you hit me because I’m gay?”

Confusing times for the two cops, with the dilemma of carrying you back pack one or two strapped just adds to Jenko’s confusion. However the real fun starts when the two get their identities mixed up, when the Jock Jenko [Tatum] ends up with the intellectual classes and Scmidt [Hill] ends up with the sports. At his point you know it’s not going to end well.

10/10 an absolute must see, comedy of the year, had me and my daughter in stitches.

Side note: Although un-credited both Peter DeLuise and Johnny Depp are in this film as under cover cops, they also make reference to once being in jump street which was a good touch, a short but comedic interlude by Mr Depp [Right on teh right in this pic]



Film: Fright Night

Year: 2011

Cast: Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell, Toni Collette, David Tennant, Imogen Poots, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Dave Franco, ReidEwing, Will Denton, Sandra Vergara, Emily Montague, Chris Sarandon, Grace Phipps, Chelsea Tavares, Lisa Loeb.

Plot:  A remake of the 1985 original, teenager Charley Brewster (Yelchin) guesses that his new neighbour Jerry Dandrige (Farrell) is a vampire responsible for a string of recent deaths. When no one he knows believes him, he enlists Peter Vincent (Tennant), a self proclaimed vampire killer andLas Vegasmagician, to help him take down Jerry.

Review: There seems to be a big thing at the moment about remaking “classic” films from the 80’s and I’m not 100% sure why? Could it be that the y liked the original so much they think another generation will enjoy an updated version, whilst the oldies reminisce over the old film? Or they just can’t come up with any real good new scripts? I go for the later as over the last couple of years we have had a poor showing as far as new films are concerned and the new ones we have had have been rubbish. Anyway rant over so back to Fright night Colin Farrell makes a menacing Vamp probably as he doesn’t actually need to do much talking just look mean and run around a lot, it actually the best thing I have seen Colin Farrell in to be honest as he’s been pretty crap in pretty much everything else

It was good to see Chris Mintz-Plasse [superbad and Role Models] he always makes me laugh, he didn’t let me down although you only see him at the beginning as a nerd, no type casting there then, and at the end as a vamp, he makes a pretty amusing vamp reminds me a bit of the black night out of the Holy Grail, he just refuses to die! The rest of the cast limped along padding out the scenes, apart from David Tennnant  as Vincent the vampire killer of course who was just superb and funny as hell in the finals scenes. We even had a rather quick cameo from the original Jerry [Chris Sarandon] see if you can spot him, you gotta be quick though.


7/10 all in all not as bad as I originally though?


Film: Superbad

Year: 2007

Cast: Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Christopher Mintz-Palsse, Bill Hader, Seth Rogan, Martha MacIsaac, Emma Stone, Aviva, Jo Lo Truglio, Kevin Corrigan, Clement Blake, lement Blake, Erica Vittina Phillips, Joe Nunes, Dave Franco, Marcella Lentz-Pope

Plot: Two co-dependent high school seniors are forced to deal with separation anxiety after their plan to stage a booze-soaked party goes awry. With the Help of their Dorky Pal Fogell and his fake Id as McLovin.

Review: this was a teenage rampage, a tamer version of the inbetweeners. McLovin and his friends take you on a alcohol and testerone fuelled journey, stumbling from one disaster to another with hilarious consequences, when Fogell gets in with a couple of inept cops that just take the story to a whole new level of farce. but they all come good in the end. Let’s face it we’ve all been there.

A teen movie with a twist. Its all about the beer and the girls.