**I was so busy making sure I got all the details of the blog hop included, I forgot to mention what *I* was giving away! So you can still comment on this post through Friday, March 23, to be entered to win your choice of a digital copy of Fight or Flight, Behind the Scenes, or Under the Moon!**
When I heard they were making a movie based on 21 Jump Street, I was simultaneously excited and disgusted. The excitement disappeared when I saw the first still of Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, and it had “this movie is a ridiculous attempt at slapstick humor that will make you sad Hollywood even exists” written all over it.
Then on Sunday I read the Entertainment Weekly and People magazine reviews, and both had really positive things to say. So I decided my incentive for meeting my revision page count for the day would be going to see the movie. I met it, and I did.
And I’m pissed.
Because all the reviews and stuff are mentioning that Johnny Depp has a cameo. And okay, it’s an awesome cameo, inspired and funny, and Johnny’s just as hot as he was back when he was a reluctant heartthrob. But guess what? He’s not the only one! Peter DeLuise was part of that inspired and funny cameo, and he was hot, too! I feel bad because Holly Robinson Peete was in the movie, too, and I didn’t spot her, so maybe the people who mentioned Johnny just didn’t recognize Peter. But for me, that was the best part! He was the reason I watched the show, not Johnny.
Anyway. While that little rant might be the reason for this entire post, what you really care about is the movie itself, I’m sure. So here’s my review:
It was just as stupid in parts as you would expect from the previews and presentation. Some of it misses the mark a little bit, even when it’s trying to be serious and clever. It’s very raunchy, and you’ll roll your eyes a few times. But it’s also sweet and the story holds together okay and some of the really big awful things you expect to happen don’t, and some of the places it goes are kind of cringe-worthy but most of them don’t fall all the way to that level. And it’s funny. Sometimes I wondered why the hell I was laughing, and then I laughed harder. Some stuff was well worth the laughter, and toward the end, there was one thing that was so disgustingly hilarious my stomach hurt from laughing.
I didn’t give it the A the critics did, but it was a solid B, worth the full price I paid for the ticket, and I’m glad I opened my mind enough to go laugh for a couple of hours. That’s a nice way to end a weekend.
(P.S. The trailers for The Avengers and Men in Black III made me squee, and I’m actually contemplating going to see The Cabin in the Woods, a horror movie by Joss Whedon.)
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