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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

21 Jump Street Worth a Movie Ticket, Especially in Albany

Of all the gin joints in all the world, the writers of the revived 21 Jump Street (including co-star Jonah Hill) decided to include three little words in the script said by SNL alum Chris Parnell: "Albany, New York."
About halfway through the hilarious comedy/drama/buddy cop flick, Parnell - who plays a drama teacher - says during the Peter Pan high school production try-outs that he is from New York...Albany to be exact.
I took this as a huge shout out to the Capital District in th Empire State and a nod to the fact that there is more to the New York than NYC. Even though what it probably was was Parnell remembering making fun of the capital during his time on SNL.
But I'll take it.
Aside from the Smalbany mention, this is a damn good movie and it officially opens at midnight tomorrow (Thursday, March 15...well, technically Friday).
I went to see it during a sneak peak at Crossgates on Tuesday. I haven't laughed that hard at a movie since.....probably since Robin Williams stopped playing funny characters and started his crazy/serial character streak.
The film is nostalgic of high school days and pays tribute to the original 21 Jump Street in a way many fans will appreciate at the end of the film. (I didn't watch the show but even I was tempted to applaud along with the rest of the theatre when it happened)
I'll admit, however, there are a few cliche points - why does there always have to be a scene where the two best friends fight and ruin everything? And why do they always have to make up so quickly afterward in an unrealistic way?
But, aside from that, the characters, the plot, the antics are great. The movie is very entertaining. I'd even recommend not waiting for it to hit Netflix because everyone will be talking about it anyway.


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