21 Jump Street: Masterpiece Comedy with a Soul

By Alberto Angulo
This is a 2012, American action-comedy film which stars Jonah Hill, who has fallen into the hollywood trend of losing tons of weight and  is looking quite slender now, which in my opinion did not make him the best pick for the part.  Yes, he was nominated for an Oscar for his work in Money Ball with Mr. Brad Pitt, but let’s be realistic– Jonah is a comedian and a big part of his charm was his chubbyness; but I am going to cut him a break because with this movie he demonstrated that looks don’t really matter when you are talented.  He was excruciatingly funny in this movie, and Channing Tatum, who in  the earlier years of his career could be cast as the “cute” hollywood stud who only plays romantic roles and is not given too many lines in a movie , proves everybody wrong as he thrives in this comedy!  His performance was absolutely adorable  and vulnerable without being presumptuous.  One of my fields of expertise is movies and I am kind of picky.  Very few times in my life have I laughed so hard during a movie, and it was not only me but every one around me was cracking up also.  The move was written by Hill and Michael Bacall and directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller.  The film also serves as a loose sequel to the 1987 TV series of the same name by Stephen J. Cannel.
As I pondered what I needed  to write about this movie, I couldn’t stop thinking about what the formula was for its success, and I decided it was all the different elements that were incorporated into it.  I have to say that whoever wrote this script is a genius, not only because it  is already hard to write a movie , but it is even harder to write a comedy, especially with as much soul as this one.  I don’t know if the director or the author had this in mind, but the movie is all about connection, which is what we all came to this world for… to  connect with others… to relate to and help each other… and when we try to separate ourselves from others for fear of being perceived  as  “nerds,”  “superficial,” “dirtbags,” “unpopular,” and all the other denominations that we give ourselves not only in high school but in life… that’s when  trouble begins because then we are going against our natural need for connection.
 This comedy, in a very fun way, talks about unifying ourselves and our talents to create better outcomes.  The universe gave each one of us enough talents to thrive in life.  I can’t have all the abilities and skills that someone else has, just as they can’t have all of mine; but we can share the skills and talents that we have, which combined, will be enough for us all to succeed.  Thanks to all my readers.  Unlike last week, I strongly recommend this movie.  A word of advice though:  go easy on the soda because with so much laughing, your bladder with pay the consequences.  Also please take into account that the language is vey strong and might not be suitable for eveyone.

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