There are some really great pop culture references, especially to the high schoolers of our generation, and they’re actually more or less spot on (In one scene, Channing Tatum slams Glee for making high school seem very happy.).
All of the jokes in this movie somehow stick their landing. This is probably helped by the genius performances given by this great cast. Jonah Hill, who co-wrote the script alongside Bacall, is no stranger to vulgar humor, something which this film does a great job of displaying, and his punchlines are great. Channing Tatum is very suprising here, having just come off of the pseudo sequel to The Notebook, The Vow. He plays dumb really well, and as a result, he gets some of the best laughs in the whole movie. Rob Riggle, Dave Franco(James’ little brother) and even Ice Cube all have supporting roles in this movie, and are all hilarious, each character gets their own unique traits to carry throughout the movie. There are even some very witty cameos, which I won’t spoil here.
Maybe the only bad thing about this movie is that it tries very hard to establish drama between the characters mid-movie, which, given all the jokes, just doesn’t seem all that necessary.
Alas, this comedy is a hit, and not a miss. There are a variety of jokes to be found here, mostly inappropriate, but that hasn’t stopped teenagers from seeing that kind of stuff before. If given the opportunity to choose between Project X and 21 Jump Street, I think it’s safe to go with the funnier, smarter movie of the two.
Critics Review(according to Rottentomatoes.com): 85%
My Score: 8/10