21 Jump Street

21 Jump Street ★★★

The December Project: Film #79

A pleasant treat, far funnier than even the positive feedback had me expecting. I've never liked Jonah Hill, but here he works with a sharp enough script and strong enough support in Channing Tatum to be not just tolerable, but positively fine. The handful of smart self-aware gags are where 21 Jump Street's at its best, lampooning its own existence in a very amusing early scene. As funny as it is—I burst out laughing quite a few times—it's bogged down by as many flailing efforts at comedy, the more juvenile gags as tiring as those of Hill's (many) lesser outings. Still, there's more good than bad to be had here; this may not be a truly great comedy, but it's a solid surprise.