Mar. 21, 2012 - Issue #857: Ben Folds
21 Jump Street
There's some early promise, with the former geek and jock still acting like stupid teens as cops, then, undercover, realizing they no longer know what's cool at high-school. But the comedy at their expense disappears. Jokes in the second half come more rapid-fire and scattershot; the plot lapses into laziness and the stupidly ridiculous. There's some sly fun with cop clichés (car-chase explosions) and Hollywood remakes (a climactic cameo that's a nice little nod to the TV series). Otherwise, everything was better with The Other Guys—which also had Rob Riggle and other TV-comedy stars straining a lot less to make us laugh a lot more.
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