Something I found really funny was the discussion of how the perception of "being cool" in high school constantly changes. When Hill and Tatum's characters were in high school together, dumb jocks were cool, science geeks were not. Now when they head back, dumb jocks are not cool, and evironmentally conscious theater geeks are in. Tatum does have a hilarious scene in which he blames "Glee" for the change. The two work together, testing the limits of their friendship, to identify the drug dealers and go after the supplier - who they take down during prom (of course).
Jonah Hill is funny - this is not a surprise to anyone, the surprise was how good he was in Moneyball - where he was not funny. The surprise is Channing Tatum - who is hilarious! If you caught his SNL appearance earlier this year, then you knew he had the potential to be funny, but he really delivers in this. Franco the younger is good in the role he has - smarmy better-than-you hipster high schooler. Rob Riggle shows up playing Rob Riggle the high school teacher, and Ellie Klemper and Chris Parnell also play teachers that require little stretching for them, but they are both so funny - you don't want to see them stretch, you just want them to be funny. The buzz around this movie has always been that Johnny Depp might have a cameo! So I'm not spoiling that for you, but Spoiler Alert!: Each of the original four TV cops shows up - Peete, Depp and Deluise play the characters they played on the TV show, and Nugyen, who must not have been available (?) shows up on a TV screen.
All in all - if you are prepared for the language, and that type of thing doesn't bother you, and you're not looking for something that is anything like what the TV show used to be, then you'll really enjoy this. The action sequences are really well done - and the funny bits are genuinely funny.
8 out of 10.
Lost points for the language - I must really be getting old! Gained points for the cameos - genius. Lost points for the video-game style description of the drug's effects, although it was effective. Gained points for the interplay between Tatum and Hill - to be honest, the best part of the show was the interplay between DeLuise and Depp.
Here's your bonus video - clips from an old episode of Jump Street:
Also, thinking about how much I love Stephen J. Cannell shows made me want to put the themes from all of them here. I loved the Lorenzo Lamas desert drama Renegade, if you've spent any time with me, I'm sure you've heard me quote the show opening a few times. However, I decide to go with Cobra, which I belive I am the only person who watched the entire series. Because I love Michael Dudikoff - he is the American Ninja, after all.