21 Jump Street (2012) | 10 Facts That Will Make You Watch The Full Movie

21 Jump Street (2012) | 10 Facts That Will Make You Watch The Full Movie


21 Jump Street is a 2012 American action comedy film directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, written by Michael Bacall, and starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum.

An adaptation of the 1987 television series of the same name by Stephen J. Cannell and Patrick Hasburgh, the film follows two police officers who are forced to relive high school when they are assigned to go undercover as high school students to prevent the outbreak of a new synthetic drug and arrest its supplier.

It was released theatrically on March 16, 2012, by Columbia Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer[2] and grossed $201 million. A sequel, titled 22 Jump Street, was released on June 13, 2014. Two further films, MIB 23 (a crossover with the Men in Black franchise) and a female-led spin-off, are currently in development.


Jonah Hill as Officer Morton Schmidt / Doug McQuaid, a socially awkward yet smart police officer.
Channing Tatum as Officer Greg Jenko / Brad McQuaid, a slow-witted yet handsome cop.
Brie Larson as Molly Tracey, one of Eric’s friends and Schmidt’s love interest.
Dave Franco as Eric Molson, a student who is one of the H.F.S. dealers.

Rob Riggle as Mr. Walters, a physical education teacher.
DeRay Davis as Domingo, the leader of the One-Percenters.
Ice Cube as Captain Dickson, a coarse police captain who manages 21 Jump Street.
Chris Parnell as Mr. Gordon, a drama teacher.

Ellie Kemper as Ms. Griggs, a science teacher who has a sexual interest towards Jenko and doesn’t know he is a cop.
Jake Johnson as Principal Dadier, the principal of Sagan High.
Nick Offerman as Deputy Chief Hardy.
Holly Robinson Peete as Officer Judy Hoffs.

Lindsey Broad as Lisa.
Johnny Simmons as Billiam Willing-ham, a Sagan High student who died due to H.F.S.
Spencer Boldman as French Samuels
Rye Rye as Jr. Jr.


Caroline Aaron as Annie Schmidt
Dakota Johnson as Fugazy
Valerie Tian as Burns
Luis Da Silva as One-Percenter

Johnny Depp (uncredited cameo) as Tom Hanson
Peter DeLuise (uncredited cameo) as Doug Penhall


Channing Tatum passed on the movie twice before Jonah Hill convinced him to take the role.

Originally, the drama teacher talks about doing cocaine with Whitney Houston’s niece. After Houston died, the line was changed to “doing cocaine with Willie Nelson’s horse.”

Jonah Hill lost over forty pounds for his role, because he and Channing Tatum were required to do several physically demanding stunts.

When Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill exit the limo and enter the prom, the two guys dressed as ushers standing on both sides are their stand-ins.

All original cast members from the 21 Jump Street (1987) television series have cameos in the film, except Richard Grieco and Dustin Nguyen. In one scene, the bad guys watch the original television series on television, and almost every shot shows Nguyen’s character. Grieco and Nguyen later cameo in 22 Jump Street (2014).

When Schmidt and Jenko go undercover as brothers, their last name is McQuaid. In the original 21 Jump Street (1987), Hanson and Penhall would frequently go undercover as the McQuaid brothers.

Emma Stone was considered for the lead female role. She had to drop out, due to scheduling conflicts with The Amazing Spider-Man (2012).


While Jenko and Schmidt are being briefed on H.F.S., a video sharing site is on the computer. Two of the related videos in the sidebar were uploaded by users Chanchan and Brielar, references to Channing Tatum and Brie Larson.

At one point, Dave Franco’s character says that he does not trust Channing Tatum’s character because he looks like he is forty years old. In reality, Tatum is only five years older than Franco.

Throughout the film, as the two main characters return to “The Chapel,” they encounter two female officers who tout their own exploits, including busting a prostitution ring, and busting a chop shop run out of a high school auto shop. Both of these cases were plots in season one of 21 Jump Street (1987).

Channing Tatum’s character is named Jenko after Captain Richard Jenko, played by Frederic Forrest on the original 21 Jump Street (1987) television series. Jenko was the original Captain of the squad.

Jennifer Lawrence, Juno Temple, Julianne Hough, and Gemma Ward auditioned for a role.

The understudy for Peter Pan is named French Samuels. Samuel French is the name of the publishing company that manages the rights to the musical “Peter Pan.”

One scene includes the song Straight Outta Compton by NWA. Ice Cube, who plays Captain Dickson, was a member of N.W.A.

Jonah Hill wrote the part of Captain Dickson with Ice Cube in mind.

WILHELM SCREAM: During the car chase, just before the One Percenter leader crashes his motorcycle into the chicken truck.


While appearing on the Howard Stern Show, J.K. Simmons revealed that he was considered for Deputy Chief Hardy, but scheduling conflicts prevented him from being cast. Simmons said upon seeing the movie, that this role was one of the few he would like to have played for the comedy.

Schmidt’s first name is Morton and Jenko’s is Greg.

Before the end credits, a montage of various images are shown. One image shows a man at a typewriter. This is a reference to the famous Stephen J. Cannell Productions typewriter logo, which was shown at the end of his television productions, including 21 Jump Street (1987).

WILHELM SCREAM: During the credits, when a character dives through a window.

The drug Schmidt and Jenko go undercover to look for is abbreviated H.F.S., which stands for Holy F*cking Sh*t. It is also the first phrase the teenager in the YouTube video says when he takes the drug.

Jonah Hill and Dave Franco also played high school classmates in Superbad (2007).

Filmed in New Orleans, Louisiana.

When Schmidt and Jenko are planning their house party, Jenko jokingly says, “How are we going to get alcohol for the party?” to which Schmidt responds, “I don’t know, I don’t have a fake ID.” This is a reference to Jonah Hill’s storyline in “Superbad” when he’s trying to get alcohol for the party at Jules’ house.

Two students are shown playing Bakugan.

Holly Robinson Peete: appears as an older Judy Hoffs when the guys choose the car from the motor pool.


The trivia items below may give away important plot points.
Hanson appears in disguise as a biker eating a jar of peanut butter, based on a suggestion by Johnny Depp during his last season on 21 Jump Street (1987). Penhall also appeared in disguise as a biker, based on one character’s dress in the original series. Jonah Hillspecifically wrote the disguised characters for Depp and Peter DeLuise.

While undercover, Schmidt’s cover is almost blown by someone he knows personally, and he avoids this by pushing her away and saying that she tried to grab his private parts. This same thing happened to Johnny Depp’s character in Donnie Brasco (1997) while he was undercover. Depp plays Tom Hanson of DEA in this film.

Johnny Depp’s character, Tom Hanson, eats in every scene where he appears. Hanson ate often in the original 21 Jump Street (1987) television series, sometimes several times during each episode, and did so often in scenes vital to the plot.

At the end of the film, it is revealed that one of the bad guys is actually Tom Hanson, played by Johnny Depp, from the original 21 Jump Street (1987) series. He has been undercover for years with the villains using the alias D.B. Following 21 Jump Street, Johnny Depp played another cop who went undercover long term with criminals: Donnie Brasco (1997).

When Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum come across the biker gang in the park, one of the bikers says, “If you guys are cops, then I’m a DEA Agent.” This character is later revealed to be a DEA Agent.

Footage of Dustin Nguyen, from the original show, appears on television screens during the shoot-out at the prom. Whenever Nguyen is shown, a television screen gets shot.

When Schmidt and Jenko take H.F.S., Jenko remarks that it tastes like Cool Ranch. Soon afterwards, they run into Coach Walters, carrying a bag of Cool Ranch Doritos. It is later revealed that Coach Walters is the mastermind behind H.F.S.

When the two undercover DEA Agents are gunned down, it actually conflicts with the original series episode 21 Jump Street: Back from the Future (1990), which features two elderly, retired officers reminiscing about past cases (Clip show episode).

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