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21 Jump Street (film)

21 Jump Street
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Phil Lord
Christopher Miller
Produced by Stephen J. Cannell
Neal H. Moritz
Screenplay by Michael Bacall
Story by Michael Bacall
Jonah Hill
Based on 21 Jump Street 
by Patrick Hasburgh
Stephen J. Cannell
Starring Jonah Hill
Channing Tatum
Brie Larson
Dave Franco
Rob Riggle
DeRay Davis
Ice Cube
Music by Mark Mothersbaugh
Cinematography Barry Peterson
Edited by Joel Negrone
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures
Release dates
  • March 12, 2012 (2012-03-12) (South by Southwest Film Festival)
  • March 16, 2012 (2012-03-16) (United States)
Running time 109 minutes[2]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $42 million[3]
Box office $201.6 million[4]

21 Jump Street is a 2012 American action comedy film directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, executive produced by and starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, and scripted by Michael Bacall from a story by him and Hill.[5]

An adaptation of the 1987 television series of the same name by Stephen J. Cannell and Patrick Hasburgh, the film follows two police officers who are forced to relive high school when they are assigned to go undercover as high school students to prevent the outbreak of a new synthetic drug and arrest its supplier.

It was released theatrically on March 16, 2012, by Columbia Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and was both a critical and commercial success. A sequel, titled 22 Jump Street, was released on June 13, 2014. 23 Jump Street has also been confirmed.


In 2005, bookish student Morton Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and popular underachieving jock Greg Jenko (Channing Tatum) miss their school prom. Seven years later, the two meet again at the Police Academy and become firm friends and partners on bicycle patrol. They catch a break when they arrest Domingo (DeRay Davis), the leader of a one-percenter motorcycle gang, but are forced to release him after they failed to read him his Miranda rights. The two are reassigned to a revived scheme from the 1980s which specialises in infiltrating high schools. Captain Dickson (Ice Cube) gives them new identities and sends them to a high school to contain the spread of a synthetic drug called HFS (Holy Fucking Shit).

After mixing up their identities, Schmidt and Jenko are enrolled in classes ill-fitting to their personalities. Schmidt gets a lead on HFS from classmate Molly (Brie Larson) and he and Jenko meet the school's main dealer, popular student Eric (Dave Franco). The two take HFS in front of him to maintain their cover and after experiencing the drug's effects clash heads over how much school has changed since they left: Schmidt's intelligence makes him popular while Jenko's lax attitude is frowned upon. Eric takes a liking to Schmidt, who develops a romantic interest in Molly, while Jenko becomes friends with the students in his AP Chemistry class and finds himself becoming more interested in "geeky" hobbies and media.

Schmidt throws a party to gain Eric's trust. At the party, Jenko's friends hack Eric's phone and overhear information about an upcoming meeting between Eric and his supplier, but also catch Schmidt making disparaging comments about Jenko. The rift between the two grows as their new school life invades upon their official police work. Schmidt and Jenko track Eric to a money exchange with the distributors of HFS - the motorcycle gang from the park - and a chase ensues on the freeway. Schmidt hesitates firing his gun upon the gang members and he and Jenko return to school arguing, the ensuing fight interrupting the school play. The two are expelled from school and are removed from the Jump Street program.

A stressed and terrified Eric later approaches Schmidt and Jenko retelling the freeway encounter, unaware of their role in it. He recruits them as security for a deal taking place at the school prom. At the prom, Schmidt finds Molly doped up on HFS. He reveals his true identity and begs her to leave. At the deal Schmidt and Jenko are surprised to find that the supplier is the physical education teacher, Mr. Walters (Rob Riggle). They find that Mr. Walters made the drug by accident and started selling it to the students to supplement his teacher's salary. He caught Eric smoking marijuana and was able to blackmail him into being his dealer.

The motorcycle gang arrives for the deal but Molly interrupts, revealing that Schmidt is a cop. A Mexican standoff ensues in which Domingo orders his men to kill Schmidt and Jenko. Two of the gang members reveal themselves as undercover DEA agents Tom Hanson and Doug Penhall (Johnny Depp and Peter DeLuise reprising their original roles). In the ensuing gunfight Hanson and Penhall are fatally wounded. Mr. Walters and Eric escape in a limo with the money and Molly as a hostage; the gang, and Schmidt and Jenko, follow close behind.

As the car chase winds through the city, Jenko creates a homemade bomb using knowledge garnered from chemistry classes and tosses it into the one-percenters' limo, blowing it up. Mr. Walters pulls over and attempts to flee on foot with Molly as his hostage. He shoots at Schmidt but Jenko takes the bullet in his arm, saving his partner's life; in response, Schmidt shoots Mr. Walters, unintentionally severing his penis. The duo successfully read Walters his Miranda Rights as they arrest both the teacher and Eric and the two cops reconcile their relationship. The two officers are congratulated and reinstated in Jump Street as Dickson gives them a new assignment: infiltrating a college.



In May 2008, Columbia Pictures confirmed that a film adaptation of the series was under development. Jonah Hill rewrote an existing script by screenwriter Joe Gazzam and executive produced the film, as well as starred in the film.[7] Hill has said he wanted horror director Rob Zombie to direct the picture. In May 2009, Hill described the film adaptation as being a "R-rated, insane, Bad Boys-meets-John Hughes-type movie".[8] On December 21, 2009, it was announced that Columbia Pictures were in talks with Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs directing duo, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, to direct the film.[9] The film follows the same continuity as the TV series; Lord said, "So, all of those events of the original happened. And now here we are 20 years later, and we’re watching it happen to different people."[10] However, the film features a highly comedic tone, departing radically from the more dramatic and earnest tone of the series.[11]


The film was shot in and around the city of Metairie, Louisiana (suburb of New Orleans), although the filmmakers took elaborate steps to disguise the location as a generic city. They replaced distinctive street signs with signs using a Helvetica typeface, digitally removed billboards from local businesses (except the recognizable local RTA signs toward the end of the film as well as a Zatarain's billboard ad), and avoided filming locations with iconic New Orleans imagery. Despite this, signature landmarks such as the Crescent City Connection and distinctive French Quarter–area street are still partially visible.[12] The main school used as the stand-in for the fictional Sagan High School was Riverdale High School, located in Jefferson, Louisiana.[13] The naked baby pictures of Hill's character used in the film were actual pictures of Hill as a child.[14]


The score for the film was composed by Mark Mothersbaugh. In September 2014, it was released by La-La Land Records on a double disc album, limited to 2,000 copies. The second disc of the album also contains the score from the films sequel, 22 Jump Street, composed by Mothersbaugh as well.[15] A modernized cover of the original television's theme song by Rye Rye (who had a small part in the film) and Esthero was released as a single in the iTunes Store.[16]

In addition, a total of 21 songs were licensed for use in the film. The songs featured in the film include: (Song name - Artist)


Hill and Tatum promoting the film in costume at WonderCon 2012 in Anaheim, California

The premiere of 21 Jump Street took place on March 12, 2012, at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, TX during SXSW.[17] The film opened in a wide release in theaters on March 16, 2012.

Critical reception

The film received positive reviews, with critics particularly praising the screenplay and Tatum's performance. The film review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported an 85% approval rating from critics, based on 209 reviews collected, with an average score of 7.2/10. The consensus states: "A smart, affectionate satire of '80s nostalgia and teen movie tropes, 21 Jump Street offers rowdy mainstream comedy with a surprisingly satisfying bite."[18] Metacritic gives the film a "generally favorable" score of 69 out of 100, based on reviews from 41 critics.[19]

Box office

The film topped the North American box office with $13.2 million on its opening day. During the weekend, the film grossed $35 million, taking The Lorax out of the #1 spot that it held for its first two weeks.[20]

The film grossed $138,447,667 in North America, and $63,137,661 in other countries, for a worldwide total of $201,585,328; it is also the No. 1 top-grossing movie under the High School Comedy genre.[4]


The film was listed as the number 6 most illegally downloaded film of 2012 using the BitTorrent protocol with approximately 7.6 million downloads.[21]

Year Award Category Recipients and nominees Result Ref.
2012 BMI Film & TV Awards Film Music Award Mark Mothersbaugh Won [22]
Golden Trailer Awards Best Pre-show Theatrical Advertising Won [23]
Best Comedy TV Spot Won
MTV Movie Awards Best Comedic Performance Jonah Hill Nominated [24]
Best Cast 21 Jump Street
Best On-Screen Transformation Johnny Depp
Best Fight Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill vs. Kid Gang
Best Gut-Wrenching Performance Jonah Hill and Rob Riggle
Best "tool" Music Party Rock Anthem by LMFAO Won
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Comedy 21 Jump Street Won


Choice Movie: Actor Comedy Channing Tatum Won
Choice Movie: Actor Comedy Jonah Hill Nominated
Artios Awards Outstanding Achievement in Casting - Big Budget Comedy Feature 21 Jump Street - Jeanne McCarthy, Nicole Abellera, Elizabeth Coulon, (Location Casting), Yesi Ramirez (Associate) Nominated [26]
People's Choice Awards Favorite Comedy Movie 21 Jump Street Nominated [27]
2013 Critic's Choice Award Best Comedy 21 Jump Street Nominated [28]
Best Actor in a Comedy Channing Tatum Nominated

Home media

21 Jump Street was released on DVD and Blu-ray in Canada and the United States on June 26, 2012[29][30] and was released in the United Kingdom on July 9, 2012.[31] Some of the Blu-ray bonus features include 20 deleted scenes and "Johnny Depp on Set" explaining how they brought Johnny Depp to reprise his role as Tom Hanson. It was revealed that Johnny wanted his character to die, but for unknown reasons. In one of the deleted scenes, Tom and his partner, Doug Penhall, were shown to have survived the shootout.


On March 17, 2012, Sony Pictures announced that it was pursuing a sequel to the film, signing a deal that would see Hill and Bacall return to write a script treatment that would be again developed by Bacall. Hill and Tatum are expected to return to star in the film. They will also be executive producers, alongside producer Neal H. Moritz.[32] Phil Lord and Christopher Miller will return to direct this sequel. The film was originally scheduled to be released on June 6, 2014.[33] On May 8, 2013, it was announced that the film would be pushed back a week until June 13, 2014.[34] The film has now been confirmed to be titled 22 Jump Street.[35] Like the first film, 22 Jump Street received critical acclaim.

On September 27, 2013, Kurt Russell mentioned that his son Wyatt turned down a role for The Hunger Games sequels to star in 22 Jump Street.[36]

In September 2014, it was announced that 23 Jump Street is in development.[37]


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