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YMMV: 21 Jump Street

The show:

  • Ear Worm: "Say JUMP! Down on Jump Street!"
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The episode "Fear and Loathing with Russell Buckins", in which Hanson's bad-boy storyline plays as a PG-rated version of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Johnny Depp would later star in the film version of said novel.
  • Ho Yay:
    • Hanson and Penhall. Like whoa. Though frequently diverted by various conveniently placed girlfriends. Not to mention Hoffs almost sleeps with Penhall in season two. Because they're both totally straight.
    • In one episode, Hanson is shot in the line of duty and Penhall tells Hanson, "If I could kiss it and make it better, I would." It's an egregious example when one considers where Hanson was shot.
      • The Ho Yay gets taken Up to Eleven in the movie when Hanson and Penhall get shot and as they lay dying, they both profess their mutual admiration for one another.
  • Narm: The theme song, especially in the first season.
    You're gonna learn something when we see you after school!
  • Stoic Woobie: Tom Hanson most of the time, but especially in season 2's "Orpheus 3.3" in which his girlfriend, Amy, is shot and killed during a convenience store holdup - it happened in 3.3 seconds based on the surveillance tapes, and Orpheus was a musician in Greek mythology who went to Hades to try and retrieve his late girlfriend.

The film:

  • Crosses the Line Twice: Schmidt tries to shut up a family friend at the store who almost blows his cover in front of Eric by shoving her against a table of shoes, and then saying she tried to grab his dick.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: The trailer for the movie has a scene where the police captain, played by Ice Cube, asks the two officers played by Tatum and Hill if they're autistic, intending it as an insult. That didn't go over very well with the autistic community.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Captain Dickson.
  • Ho Yay: Jenko and Schmidt; they both frequently "wrestle" with one another in the film, and the movie makes a point of how Schmidt is unable to ask anyone to the prom without screwing up or chickening out. Him asking Jenko is the only time he does it without error.
  • One-Scene Wonder:
    • Johnny Simmons as Billiam, the student who first shows just what the HFS drug does. It's hilarious.
    • Johnny Depp and Peter DeLuise as the undercover cops.
  • Popularity Polynomial: Played with. Using both backpack straps = desperately uncool in 2005, simply how you carry a backpack in 2011.
  • The Scrappy: Schmidt's mom is known for being pretty annoying.
  • Squick:
    • At the climax, Schmidt shoots off Mr. Walters' dick, and the latter tries to pick it up with his mouth.
    • Schmidt's romance subplot with Molly can be this if you're put off by the 7-year age difference.
      • At least the film goes out of its way to specify that Molly's 18, to ward off potential pedophilia accusations.
  • What an Idiot: Schmidt's mother — despite being told on multiple occasions that Schmidt & Jenko are undercover and she can't tell anyone, she still tells a family friend who cannot keep a secret & nearly blows his cover.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Phyllis, the chatty family friend who nearly blows Schmidt's cover when she keeps talking about him being an undercover cop even after he told her he was undercover, disappears from the film after Schmidt shoves her into a display and accuses her of molesting him.

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