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‘21 Jump Street’ Showdown: 25 years later

By Wang DexianMovies - 14 May 2012 3:06 PM | Updated 16 May 2012

‘21 Jump Street’ Showdown: 25 years later

Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum play underachieving cops in '21 Jump St'

The hilarious new comedy ‘21 Jump Street’ sees Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum team up as a mismatched nerd/jock duo who go undercover in a high school to take down a drug syndicate that's been flooding a school with drugs.

Obviously, it wasn't a new idea as the movie was based on an old TV series of the same name that launched Johnny Depp's career (Also read: 9 best Johnny Depp characters). However, the new film is a much more comedic take. Let's see how they stack up.

'21 Jump Street': 2012 film

'21 Jump Street': 1987 TV series




Breakout Hunk

Channing Tatum proving that he can be not boring

Johnny Depp as a teen idol


The Subject Matter

Bromance, homophobic jokes, teens using drugs on YouTube, alcohol-fuelled parties, prom dates

Heavy moral discourses about alcoholism, hate crimes, drug abuse, homophobia, AIDS, child abuse, and sexual promiscuity


Best Hairstyle/Look

The “Not So Slim Shady” Jonah Hill's Eminem style bleached-hair with braces

Johnny Depp's medium/Long late 80s middle part with side swoosh


Cameos/Guest Stars

Johnny Depp and Peter DeLuise reprising their TV roles

Josh Brolin, Bridget Fonda, Jada Pinkett Smith, Brad Pitt, Vince Vaughn, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Christina Applegate


Crimes Solved




‘Bad Boys’ and John Hughes movies

To get teenagers to watch TV



1 film with a sequel incoming

5 seasons


’21 Jump Street’ is showing in theatres everywhere