21 Jump Street, a revival of sorts of the briefly popular TV series of the late 80’s, provides plenty of laughs despite its scant plotline. Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum star as two rookie cops, Schmidt and Jenko, who receive an opportunity for promotion in the form of an assignment: go undercover at a local highschool and bust a drug ring. The two stars have major chemistry that glues together a storyline; veteran actors Chris Parnell, Rob Riggle, Ellie Kemper, and others provide amusing cameos that add entertainment and excitement to the film.

In High School, Jenko was the archetypical jock (an easy role for Tatum to breeze through) to Schmidt’s painfully unaware dork (same for Hill), but everything changes when they find themselves in exactly the same place: the Police Academy. Instead of staying on the opposite sides of the tracks, they stick together and help one another, Jenko pushing Schmidt physically and Schmidt quizzing Jenko on protocol and Miranda rights.

After being assigned to the 21 Jump Street undercover operation, their boss, played hilariously by Ice Cube, who simply by yelling and screaming profanities can make an audience erupt in laughter, instructs them to bust the dealers and find the suppliers of a drug that has recently taken the life of a local high school student. Jenko and Schmidt are assigned false identities as high school brothers Doug and Brad and move back in to Schmidt’s childhood home. As unlikely as this is in real life, Tatum and Hill are pure fun to watch together and their best acting is in making the pair a believable friendship. Their comradarie on screen is palatable and heartwarming, especially as their bond is tested time after time.

As is typical of going-back-to-school films, the characters try to make up for their previous High School selves in their own, preditable ways. Again, though the plot line is underdeveloped, the humor makes up for it in spades. For Tatum, this is his typical beefcake with a heart of gold role: nothing to see here. I’m not sure when or if Tatum will have a breakout role worthy of giving him acting credence; perhaps The Vow was a good start. For Hill, recent Oscar nominee and all around talent, this is a nod back to his Superbad days. While it’s acceptable for Hill do make these kind of comedies occasionally, to grow as an actor he’ll have to change his dorky guy with a good heart schtick a bit more often. For the record, I will never get tired of Ice Cube in film; he’s larger than life and does angry so, so well.

This is not a film to be taken seriously for character development or realism: it’s just a rollicking good time at the movies, particulary geared towards the 18-29 set, and for the immature adult in all of us.