Posts Tagged ‘Ellie Kemper’

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: Bridesmaids

Cast: Kristen Wiig, Terry Crews, Jessica St.Clair, Maya Rudolph, Michael Hitchcock, Kali Hawk, Matt Lucas, Rebel Wilson, Jill Clavburgh, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Ellie Kemper, Greg Tuculescu, Rose Byrne, Franklyn Ajaye, Tim Heidecker, Melisa McCarthy,Matt Lucas, Chris O’Dowd, Annie Mumolo, Ben Falcone, Wilson Philips.

Plot: Picked as her best friend’s maid of honour, lovelorn and broke Annie looks to bluff her way through the expensive and bizarre rituals with an oddball group of bridesmaids. And a rival for her best friend’s friendship, this leads to one Hilarious disaster after another.

Review: As you are probably aware I’m not a chick flick kind of guy, with that in mind I did go and watch this with a bit of trepidation. I will start by saying it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, it was a female version of the Hangover but without the roofies!

Annie [Wiig] is well out of her depth as her friends maid of honour and soon falls foul of the jealousy thing when the new friend Helen [Rose Byrne] Tries and succeeded in taking over the planning of the celebrations.

Melisa McCarthy as Megan is the films version of the Hangovers Alan played by Zach Galifianakis she plays a good part and apart from being “flexible” on the plane keep sat there right till the end for the Sex tape, funny as hell. Also the scene in the bathroom at the wedding shop had me in stitches, and pooping in the street this whole 10 minutes made the film for me.

As with all chick flicks though it was funny they always have to spoil it at the end with soppy bits but don’t let that stop you from watching it.

Chris O’Dowd plays a good Part as Annie’s love interest or should that be she is his love interest anyway he’s funny but couldn’t shake the whole IT crowd thing really for me.

A bit of Matt Lucas never goes amiss, which is lucky as he has a bit part in this film, which isn’t advertised but he is funny as always. We also get another bit of the Hangover reference at the end they had Mike Tyson Singing in this one [it is a chick flick after all!] you get Wilson Philips singing one of their 80’s hits.

8/10 get rid of the feel good chick flick feel and it’s a cracking comedy