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"21 Jump Street" Movie Gets R-Rating + Official Synopsis

by Tambay A. Obenson
July 7, 2011 6:06 AM
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Jonah Hill already announced via Tweeter over the weekend that his big-screen adaptation of the popular late 1980s/early '90s TV cop drama 21 Jump Street, has officially wrapped principal photography, and will hit theaters on March 16, 2012.

Today, it's being reported that the film will be rated R, which may please some of you; though maybe it shouldn't be a big surprise, since Hill previously said that it would be "an R-rated, insane, 'Bad-Boys'-meets-John Hughes-type movie," when the project was first announced last year.

And secondly, the film's official synopsis has surfaced, and it reads:

"In the action-comedy 21 Jump Street, Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) are more than ready to leave their adolescent problems behind. Joining the police force and the secret Jump Street unit, they use their youthful appearances to go undercover in a local high school. As they trade in their guns and badges for backpacks, Schmidt and Jenko risk their lives to investigate a violent and dangerous drug ring. But they find that high school is nothing like they left it just a few years earlier and neither expects that they will have to confront the terror and anxiety of being a teenager again and all the issues they thought they had left behind."

The film stars, in addition to Hill and Tatum comedian DeRay Davis, Brie Larson and Ice Cube, and is being directed by the tag-team of Phil Lord and Chris Miller (Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs).

Ice Cube plays the Captain role, which was Steven Williams' in the original TV series; Mr DeRay Davis will play a character named Domingo, a tattooed leader of a biker gang that doubles as a drug ring. Johnny Depp and Holly Robinson Peete are expected to make cameo appearances.

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6 Comments

  • Billysixx | August 20, 2011 10:19 AMReply

    I mean I'll check it out, Im a huge 21 jump street fan, and even for being as 80s as it was, I feel the acting was timeles and it brought up alot of good points. I do think them switching it up from the original is a better move due to the actors and what they have to work with.
    A better idea woulda been a modern day take on the orginal, a sort of spinoff and Johnny Depp as Tom Hanson would be the captain because he was always a good cop and had a mutual respect with Adam Fueller his captain, so I think he would be able to bring back that by the book vibe in a modernized way and it should be an entire unit of cops. Even if its not a movie, how bout a tv series?

  • Miles Ellison | July 8, 2011 1:21 AMReply

    This has crap written all over it.

  • Matthew Milam | July 8, 2011 1:10 AMReply

    I'm sure they'll remix the theme song with Akon instead of Holly

  • James Madison | July 7, 2011 12:24 PMReply

    "“In the action-comedy 21 Jump Street..." Right out of the gate it's wrong.

  • Tamara | July 7, 2011 7:11 AMReply

    “In the action-comedy 21 Jump Street, Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) are more than ready to leave their adolescent problems behind. Joining the police force and the secret Jump Street unit, they use their youthful appearances to go undercover in a local high school. As they trade in their guns and badges for backpacks, Schmidt and Jenko risk their lives to investigate a violent and dangerous drug ring. But they find that high school is nothing like they left it just a few years earlier and neither expects that they will have to confront the terror and anxiety of being a teenager again and all the issues they thought they had left behind.”

    So this is to be a drama? comedy? buddy-cop-dramedy?

    I deflated after reading the bolded words above. DeRay Davis, inspires basic-hijinks. Ice Cube, severity and some levity. Cameos by Depp and Peete, nostalgic necessity. Who exactly will the audience be for this feature? Young ones looking for a laugh, a la Jonah Hill, fangirls looking for the sexy, a la Channing Tatum. And dare he reference John Hughes with a Michael Bay production? WHAT?!?! LOL

    Perhaps a better synopsis should be constructed, 'coz this one feels all over the place and chock full of 'huh?' and 'wtf?' and 'oooookaayyy".

  • Curtis | July 7, 2011 6:44 AMReply

    I was down for this before I heard the full plot. Now it just sounds horrible. Or to quote our friends across the pond, dreadful.

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