I read one review of the film that decried the number of dick jokes, stating unequivocally, that there were too many. This is asinine. There can NEVER be too many dick jokes.
Provided, of course, that the jokes are funny. The same goes for fart jokes, poop jokes, racist jokes, drug jokes and teen sex jokes. People do not get offended at jokes that are funny and told with humanity. Recall the mentally handicapped brother in Something About Mary.
If you approach this movie as a critic, or as a human being, with the slightest bit of seriousness, if you are looking for the message, then you are doomed. I do not mean just while you are watching the film. You are totally doomed. Korean Jesus is going to send you right to hell (if you don’t get that, you will after the movie).
The cast includes appearances by Ice Cube, Rob Riggle and Chris Parnell who all make the most of their relatively small roles. Ice Cube gets the most screen time of the three but Parnell may get the most laughs per minute. Ellie Kemper also has a few moments. She is also adorable and ergo requires mentioning. Dave Franco is sort of the straight man. How could the eco-friendly popular high school kid not be that? But he also has some funny lines. Brie Larson also deserves mention. If you can be in this movie AND Rampart in the space of a year, kudos are in order for your range! Plus she was in Scott Pilgrim Versus the World which always means, for the rest of your career, you will get bonus credits. You can even be in an Adam Sandler “comedy.”
This brings us back to the rarity of actually funny comedies. I have a standard these days—the six out-loud laughs standard. A film is above average if it can manage that. I was there about 20 minutes into 21 Jump Street. The previews for upcoming “comedies?” If you cannot get ONE funny thing for the previews even with creative editing? It bodes ill. 21 Jump Street is funnier than the previews.