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Why Jonah Hill Is Funny In The Movie 21 Jump Street

Updated on March 29, 2012

The Set Up

The movie 21 Jump Street is an updated version of the television series by the same name that aired in 1987. The movie is F-u-n-n-y, with a capital "F". Speaking of "F", there is more than a few mentions of the swear word that begins with the same letter.

If you don't mind a bit of swearing, and you enjoy more than a few laughs during a film, you are likely to enjoy 21 Jump Street. Jonah Hill co-stars with Channing Tatum as two police officers who go undercover to investigate a drug ring at a high school.

Hill is perfect for the role for several funny reasons.

Jonah Hill
Jonah Hill | Source

The Job

Jonah Hill as a police officer?

The thought alone, before I had even seen the movie, had me laughing. Hill became well known when he was cast for his first starring role in 2007's Superbad. In that movie, Hill played a high school senior who made multiple flubs as an awkward teenager.

Now, here is Hill as a police officer. Did I mention that he is short and slightly overweight? Not the stereotypical vision of a police officer. While Hill has recently lost weight, he does not have the sleek physique of many other leading men.

Pair him beside muscular, lean Channing Tatum and the laughs double. While Tatum is more believable as an officer given his large frame, Tatum makes Hill look extremely out of place beside him. Hill is considerably shorter and his physique is not quite up to Tatum standards. The visual differences are hilarious to watch from a seat in the movie theatre.

Jonah Hill (left) and Channing Tatum (right)
Jonah Hill (left) and Channing Tatum (right) | Source

Next Ingredient

Next, add in Hill's character Schmidt's fear of actually shooting a gun and the laughs again are sizeable.

An officer who is scared to use a gun creates some creative situations. At one point Hill's character even throws the gun at the head of a criminal to try to stop him, rather than having to fire a bullet himself.


Jonah Hill is also funny to watch because he is relatable. While he does not have the suave looks of George Clooney, Brad Pitt, or even Channing Tatum, he does have his own sense of charm. He is genuine in attitude.

Viewers will find themselves routing for him to succeed in the movie as they route for the under-dog.

21 Jump Street Official Trailer

His Writing

Jonah Hill is also funny in 21 Jump Street likely because of his large role in the film. Aside from being a key part of the cast, Hill also helped write the screenplay. He co-wrote the script with Michael Bacall. The writing duo began working on the screenplay five years before the movie was released on March 16.

Given the amount of time invested in the movie, and his familiarity with the lines, Jonah Hill has good reason to be funny in the movie. He likely wants to get the most return for his hard work and for his dedication to the project. As well, he connects with the lines that he helped tweak for his character Schmidt.

If You...

If you need a break from your day, my recommendation is for 21 Jump Street. The movie is easy to follow, with a straight-forward plot that won't give you a headache trying to follow along. You will find yourself laughing and having a good time as Jonah Hill presents awkward-on-purpose dialogue throughout the scenes.

Sit back and enjoy yourself. Enjoy the laughs with Jonah Hill.

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Awe, hi Emily! How great that you stopped by to tell me you watched the movie :) You rock! I'm glad you laughed and now I want to see it again! You're right that not every movie with Channing is stellar but Jonah is so funny hehe

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      emilybee 5 years ago

      Hi Christy! I watched this movie last night after my boyfriend said he wanted to see it. I remembered you did this favorable right up on the film and that is why I agreed to watch it! Lol. It was a great film and I definitely agree with everything you say in this hub, Jonah Hill was indeed hilarious, I also liked Channing Tatum's character, too, and that shocked me. In the past I've not been a fan of him in the romantic movies, I like him in comedy though!! Wonderful hub and I'm sure others will watch 21 Jump Street because of this.

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @Josh, will do, take care!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks Christy, you have a great weekend yourself! :)

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @Josh, awe! I wrote this hub after seeing the movie because I could not get over how funny it was. Great ready to laugh! Have a great weekend as well my friend.

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Great review Christy, I still have not seen the movie, but I will be now, :)

      Voted up useful and funny! Have a great weekend my new hub friend!

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @Marc Babineau, Thanks so much for the praise! I smile :)

      @teaches12345, I am glad you find the review clearly lays out the movie as I had intended. It's nice to get the positive feedback!

      @JackieLynnley, Thanks for sharing my hub. I'm glad you liked it!

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      Marc Babineau 5 years ago from Cornwall, Ontario, The Seaway City

      You rock, girl! Great writing here!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Good review article on the movie. I have heard a lot of talk about this movie lately and your hub gives a clear picture to the movie. Thanks for Shari g.

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      This is great letting us know about great movies, just what we need, thanks! I will share it so more can benefit from you. Voted up!

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @Fullerman5000, thanks for the great compliments! I hope you go see it and laugh :)

      @emilybee, yes Jonah has certainly created his own image over the past few years. Thanks for your great comment!

      @charmike4 Have fun at the movie! I'm glad you enjoyed the review!

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      Michael Kromwyk 5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks for sharing Christy, I'm going to go out and see it this weekend! Looks like one of the best films out at the moment.

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      emilybee 5 years ago

      Ahhh Jonah Hill. He's so funny! He's really kind of come into his own, too. He used to just be the funny chubby kid in films and now he's more mature, and thinner too! - but still funny, of course. I want to see this film, so thanks for the great write-up!

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      Ryan Fuller 5 years ago from Louisiana, USA

      This is a great review and been wanting to see this film. I love Jonah Hill. Great work. This makes me want to see the film even more. voted useful and up.