#9: 21 Jump Street
It’s typical for studios to save their best films for the second half of the year, but the truth is that the funniest comedy of 2012 came out all the way back in March. While it seemed like a questionable project through production – why did we need a movie version of 21 Jump Street? – the end result is hilarious, features awesome performances from Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum and the rest of the excellent supporting cast, and with any luck it will help directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller (who made the amazing Clone High and Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs) keep finding work.

Walking into a screening earlier this year I went in with zero expectations, but quickly found myself nearly falling out of my chair laughing and actually gaining a newfound appreciation for Tatum’s skills as a performer. I continue to laugh to myself whenever I think about Jenko and Schmidt taking H.F.S. for the first time (“Fuck you, science!”) and the mix of action and comedy is perfect. You can’t ignore a movie that keeps you laughing every time you see it, and 21 Jump Street is no exception.

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