Channing Tatum’s Best Action Blockbuster Is Streaming For Free
Channing Tatum has always been pegged as the "heartthrob" character, but one of his best action blockbusters is currently streaming for free.
Everyone grew up watching Channing Tatum play the “heartthrob” character in the majority of his movies. However, it wasn’t until he started to appear in comedies that his acting ability was truly appreciated. Tatum has become arguably one of the best comedy actors in the world, and one of his best comedy appearances also happens to be a great action blockbuster too. That film is 21 Jump Street, which saw Tatum team up with Jonah Hill to create one of the funniest movies ever made. The film is currently streaming on Amazon Freevee right now.
Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill paired together so well in 21 Jump Street, that the film pulled in just over $200 million in worldwide box office numbers. That is quite a lot of money for a comedy. The film also holds an 85% “certified fresh” critic rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with an almost equal 82% audience rating. Simply put, everyone loved this film. What makes it that much better is the film was based on a television series of the same name, which is how Johnny Depp became a star in show business. In fact, Johnny Depp and Peter DeLuise reprised their roles as Office Tom Hanson and Office Doug Penhall in cameos near the end of the film. Sorry if that is a spoiler for those who have not seen the film, but it has been out for 10 years.
21 Jump Street follows Officer Morton Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Greg Jenko (Channing Tatum). The film opens with them in high school, as Morton is an overachieving nerd, while Greg takes on the role of the jock. They both miss prom as Morton is rejected by the girl he likes, and Greg cannot go because of his poor grades. The movie fast forwards to the pair reuniting in the police academy. While on a bike patrol, they arrest the leader of the 1% motorcycle gang, Domingo. However, Domingo walks on a technicality, as Jenko and Schmidt forgot to read him his Miranda rights. This leads the men to be tasked with being added to a task force to infiltrate a high school and find a supplier for a drug called HFS. This same storyline is one that was used in the 1980s in the show. Without ruining the rest of the film, everyone can go watch it on Amazon Freevee right now.
21 Jump Street became an instant hit with audiences, mostly because a lot of the demographic had likely not ever seen the original series. However, it was the combination of Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill that made the film so funny. One of the best scenes shows the men in a high-speed pursuit, waiting for the traditional action film trope of something blowing up. However, everything that should blow up does not, leaving the item that blows up that much more hilarious. You can see this scene below:
This is just one of the scenes that makes this film so hilarious. Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill also taking the HFS drug is also an amazing scene. The cast for the film truly shined all-around. Tatum and Hill were joined by Ice Cube, Dave Franco, Brie Larson, Rob Riggle, Ellie Kemper, and the no-so-secret cameos of Johnny Depp and Peter DeLuise.
Interestingly, 21 Jump Street was the directorial debut of both Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Lord would go on to write The Lego Movie, The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. He is also writing Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse. Chris Miller has joined Lord on the previously mentioned projects. Their success has been monumental since 21 Jump Street. Lord and Miller have worked with huge actors including Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Chris Pratt, Nicolas Cage, Will Ferrell, Will Arnett, and so many more.
21 Jump Street is a hilarious buddy cop action comedy that completely copies most tropes taken from the action-comedy genre but pokes fun at itself along the way. The combination of both Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill works on so many levels, and this is a comedy that everyone needs to see at least once. The film is streaming right now on Amazon Freevee with ads. Even the ads aren’t enough to deter us from wanting to watch this film again.