New on DVD this week and next
The following movies arrive on DVD this week and next.
"21 Jump Street" (R, 109 minutes, Sony)
A surly police captain played by Ice Cube tells two new recruits that the force has resurrected a defunct program from 30 years ago that sent undercover cops into high schools. The neophytes he's screaming at are Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum), a bumbling nerd and good-looking dullard, respectively, who were arch-opposites in their high school but have become best buds since going through the police academy. Despite the edginess and vulgarity, the production is suffused by an unmistakable sweetness, no doubt thanks to the film's co-directors, Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Hill and Tatum work joyfully in harness, developing a chemistry reminiscent of Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg in the similarly anarchic buddy flick "The Other Guys." This is "The Younger Guys," with more surreally funny drug trips and amusing cameos. "21 Jump Street" might be yet another product of Hollywood's recycling program, but it deserves to be noticed. Contains crude and sexual content, pervasive profanity, drug material, teen drinking and some violence. DVD extras: Director and cast commentary, behind-the-scenes featurette, deleted scenes. Also, on Blu-ray: gag reel, outtakes, four other featurettes.
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