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21 Jump Street | 2012 | R | - 7.7.10

A high school bully and his target (Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill) grow up to become bumbling police officers. They receive one final chance with the police force from their captain (Ice Cube) in a mission out of the Jump Street HQ: they have to infiltrate a high school, going undercover as students, in order to break up a drug ring. Also with Brie Larson, Dave Franco, Ellie Kemper and Rob Riggle. Directed by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller. [1:35]

SEX/NUDITY 7 - Two police officers arrest a man and one shoots him in the groin and the man screams loudly, saying that his penis was shot off (we see the penis on the ground and the man picks it up in his teeth as EMTs arrive).
 In a bedroom we see two nude teen girls and a nude teen boy kneeling together (the male is in the middle), chest-to-back in a line on a bed, and all thrusting in a sex act; we see them in profile with bare shoulders, arms, sides, hips and legs (no genitals or breasts are exposed).
 A man and a woman have sex while fully clothed, standing in a closet in a high school and we see her bare knees and lower legs. In the back of a limo, an inebriated teenage girl attempts to unzip the fly of an undercover police officer; he pushes her hands away.
 Several teenage girls strip to their bras and panties and run out of a house (we see their bare backs, thighs and legs). A few teenage girls at a high school wear short shorts and short skirts that reveal bare legs, along with some low-cut tops that reveal cleavage. At a school dance, many teenage girls wear low-cut dresses that reveal cleavage. We see the bare chest and back of a teen boy in a video, showing that he has taken a new drug called HFS (please see the Substance Use category for more details). A man sends a photo image of a teen boy wearing a green costume with a 5-foot long green penis to a teen girl who laughs. While under the influence of a drug, an undercover police officer runs track and plays with the relay baton, holding it as if it is his penis.
 We see three teen boy/girl couples kiss on school grounds. A teen girl kisses a police officer for saving her life. At a high school, a female teacher flirts with an undercover police officer and winks at him.
 Throughout the film, adult males and teen boys talk about oral sex; in one such scene, a teen boy tells an undercover police officer that a teen girl and he "blow" each other occasionally, but it is just casual sex. A middle-aged mom asks her adult son who wrote "I love dick" on his baby picture and drew an "ejaculating penis in his mouth." A police captain tells his undercover team not to have sex with high school students or teachers while they pose as students in a sting operation; two officers on the team ask if the school has a child sex trafficking ring and the captain says no. A male teacher asks an undercover police officer how he got so big and whether he experienced puberty at age 7. A man asks if "stuffing a piñata" means sex and someone replies "no." We hear that gay teens are picked on at a high school.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - A shootout in a hotel room involves a motorcycle gang, two teenagers, a teacher and two police officers: everyone has a handgun, rifle, or automatic weapon and the room fills with loud gunfire when a drug deal goes bad, a bullet goes through one man's neck and into a wall and we see a lot of gushing blood, another man is shot twice in the chest and we see blood streaming from the wounds and as the two men fall on the floor next to one another and die; four other men are killed and we see some blood, another receives a severe shoulder wound with a lot of blood while another bullet is stopped by his bulletproof vest, and a teen boy gets a bloody nose and lip from gun whipping.
 Two police officers arrest a man and one shoots him in the groin (we see a lot of blood as the man falls to his knees); the man screams loudly, saying that his penis was shot off (we see the penis on the ground and the man picks it up in his teeth as EMTs arrive).
 Two chase scenes involve a middle-aged motorcycle gang, limousines, a large car, and a small car containing two undercover police officers that have commandeered cars from civilians (once by punching an elderly man unconscious); the men all have handguns and shoot continually at one another while two limos run off the road, one catches fire when a police officer throws a Molotov cocktail into it (we see no one hurt), motorcycles fall over and slide under trucks, fuel tankers are shot full of holes, a tanker truck drives over the legs of a downed biker (we see a little blood), a biker shoots a bottle of whiskey out of a girl's hand as she stands up in the sunroof of a car, and as a final downed biker and his cycle slide under a chicken truck, the truck explodes into flames and smoke twice (we see a dead, completely charred body on the pavement and lots of smoke).
 Fistfights break out at a high school party resulting in broken knick-knacks and vases and a knife is found in the shoulder of one man; he apparently did not feel being stabbed, a teen boy pulls it out and a teen girl pours vodka over the wound (we see some blood and a bloodied nose and lip on another teen boy).
 We hear that a teen boy died from a new street drug called HFS (please see the Substance Use category for more details), which has as a logo a pile of excrement topped by a halo. We see a video of the boy after a dose of the drug, pounding things in his room, kicking, yelling and hopping on a bed. A teen boy kicks a heavy trashcan in anger; another teen copies him, winces and hops in pain.
 A man posing as a teen punches a teen boy hard in the face knocking him down; we see the boy's reddened nose. In the back of a limo, an inebriated teenage girl attempts to unzip the fly of an undercover police officer; he pushes her hands away, has the driver slow down, and pushes her out of the car and onto the pavement. Two men run onto a high school stage during a play and get into a fight; one swings from a harness and cable and the other jumps onto him repeatedly, breaks the cable apparatus and disrupts the play. A man pushes a middle-aged woman into a pile of shoeboxes on the floor of a department store to make her stop talking (she is unhurt).
 A teen boy brings two large handguns to an alley, gives them to two men he thinks are teens and asks them to help him with a drug deal as protectors; the two adults fire at beer bottles in the alley for practice and break every one. Roommates at a police academy shoot a toy gun at each other in their room and practice with real handguns on the firing range.
 A police officer practices rolling off the hood of a car, but hits the windshield, shatters it, and falls on his back on the ground; he's unhurt. While heavily padded, two men in a police academy practice throws in the hand-to-hand combat course, grunting and slamming each other to the mat. Two police officers strap guns underneath their tuxedos for a high school prom in order to capture drug suppliers.
 Throughout the film, undercover police officers argue with one another, with their captain, with the parents of one of the officers, with teachers at a high school, with teenagers and with members of a motorcycle gang. A man tells another man that he would have taken a bullet for him, but not after they had a fight.
 A police officer vomits on another police officer when he thinks he might have killed someone. After swallowing drugs to maintain their cover at a school, two police officers run to the bathroom and try to gag each other to vomit; it does not work. Unable to vomit a drug that two police officers ingested, they become manic and frenzied, they hallucinate that a coach turns into an ice cream cone and melts and they finally fall asleep on the locker room floor.


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LANGUAGE 10 - About 123 F-words and its derivatives, 3 obscene hand gestures, 20 sexual references, 72 scatological terms, 57 anatomical terms, 20 mild obscenities, name-calling (stupid, idiot, dummy, crazy, narc, Handsome McGee, Rain Man, fake, ding-a-ling, fascist, Keebler Elf, cowboys, vigilantes), stereotypical references to undercover cops, teachers, parents, teenagers, Goths, nerds, fat people, Koreans, Blacks, whites, drug users, drug dealers, actors, gays, motorcycle gangs, 9 religious profanities, 4 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - A teen boy is shown in a home video after having taken a drug and he becomes manic and hyperactive before becoming violent and throwing things around his room, middle-aged bikers smoke marijuana under a bridge in an urban area, while under the influence of a drug an undercover police officer runs track and holds a relay baton as if it is his penis, a teen boy sells drugs to two undercover police officers and insists that they take the drugs in front of him to prove that they are not Narcs (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details), two undercover police officers throw a drinking and drugging party for underage teens with several kegs of beer and dozens of bottles of hard liquor as well as a pound of marijuana taken from the police evidence room (we see about 50 teens drinking hard liquor and beer from bottles and kegs and several teens smoke marijuana cigarettes and take a drug called HFS and they giggle and begin running around fast), the parents of an undercover police officer are shown smoking a marijuana cigarette as they drive in their car, a high school drama teacher tells his class that he used to snort cocaine with Willie Nelson, a teen whispers to another teen that drugs are available at their school and especially a new drug called HFS, we see a teen girl at a school prom acting uncontrollably giggly after taking a street drug and she becomes erratic in behavior, and a teen boy and members of a motorcycle gang sell drugs to other teenagers and hide drugs in piñatas to sell in bulk. Teens sit at a table with half-empty beer bottles (no one is shown drinking) at a pool party, and teen boys and teen girls ride with undercover police officers in limos and the teens drink from liquor bottles found in the vehicles.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Drug and alcohol abuse, drug dealing, underage drinking, guns, crime, sex, undercover police, families, friends, bullying, second chances, success.

MESSAGE - A target of a bully can fulfill his potential and overcome bullying.

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We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

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