CAST: Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Ice Cube, Dave Franco
RUNNING TIME: 109 mins
The Story: Two total opposites in high school cross paths again years later when they sign up to be policemen and become partners. They are later sent back to their old alma mater due to their youthful looks, and are tasked to pose as brothers and infiltrate a synthetic drug ring thought to be run by students in the school.
My Rant: This film is a spoof cum remake of the 1980s TV-series of the same name, which starred a much younger Johnny Depp and resulted in the star’s breakout role. Though this film looked like it screams cheesy, cliche nonsensical spoof material, it was actually not as bad as I expected it to be. Though there were indeed the lame jokes and some retarded scenes, the combined funny aspects were not too overly lame and brainless; instead they came together nicely to make a pretty good laugh.
The beginning of the film started out a little in the cliche lame direction, with the flashback of Tatum and Hill in their high school days looking downright hilarious in their fashionistic hairstyles of then, and their childish antics during their bicycle cop stint.
However, things started getting more interesting the moment Tatum and Hill re-entered high school and donned their new personas. Some mix-up got them playing opposite roles and Tatum the high school jock ends up being the science nerd and vice versa, that was indeed pretty fun to watch. Dave Franco who plays the drug dealer in school was a gem, his good boy looks and charming smile suits his role as a cool modern day hippie who’s an environment loving dude, and of which is the epitome of the cool kids in school nowadays.
While tracking down the source of the drug supply, the events that culminated were simply pleasantly funny. My favourite scene was the “stoned” scene in which the drugs worked their magic on the 2 leads, it reminded me so much of the hilarious basement scenes of “That 70s Show” where the kids get so high till my stomach dies from the stitches that arise from all the laughter. There were also some really unexpected but neat cameos that added to the delight of this film, and all these made the film to be more than the B-film expectations that I gave it credit for!
All in all, if you are up for some fun while NOT wanting to see something too brainlessly lame and cheesy, this show will work for you.
Here’s the “stoned” scene from THAT 70s Show, enjoy!:]