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21 JUMP STREET

21 JUMP STREET artwork

21 JUMP STREET

Type of media Film

Approved Running time 109m 29s

Release date 16/03/2012

BBFCInsight Contains strong language, sex references, violence and drug use

Genre(s) Comedy

Director(s) Phill Lord,Chris Miller

Cast includes Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Dave Franco, Brie Larson, Ice Cube, Rob Riggle, DeRay Davis, Caroline Aaron, Dax Frame, Johnny Depp. Jake Johnson, Peter Epstein

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 06/03/2012

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

21 JUMP STREET is a comedy revamp of the 1980s TV series about two hapless rookie cops who are sent undercover to a local high school in order to break a synthetic drug ring before it spreads out into the streets. The film was classified '15' for strong language, sex references, violence and drug use.

There are multiple uses of strong language. These exceed the terms of the BBFC's Guidelines at '12A'/'12', where there may be only infrequent strong language, but are permissible at '15' where the Guidelines state 'There may be frequent use of strong language (for example, 'fuck')'. There are frequent strong sex references, including the repetition of the phrase "suck my dick". Some of the uses are reinforced by visuals, such as a man's head pushed down. During a scene discussing the rookies' next undercover assignment, one asks ''Are you going to send us into some child sex slavery thing?", to which another man responds "If I have to suck someone's dick, I will". The film also features crude but comic sight of a man's bloody severed penis lying on the ground then being picked up in a man's teeth. There are a few sequences that establish sexual activity, including sight of two women in front of and behind a man, apparently involved in a threesome. However, there is no strong detail. The Guidelines at '15' state 'Sexual activity may be portrayed without strong detail. There may be strong verbal references to sexual behaviour'.

There are a couple of sequences of strong violence. One sequence shows a character being shot in the throat, with accompanying blood spurts. Another sequence features bloody gunshot wounds and slow motion sight of a villain being shot in the stomach. The emphasis on blood and injuries exceeds the terms of the '12A'/'12' Guidelines but is permissible at '15' where Violence may be strong but should not dwell on the infliction of pain or injuries'. There are numerous scenes of drug use, including sight of marijuana smoking and sight of police looking in the evidence store looking for drugs to take to a party, including marijuana and cocaine. Although there is a suggestion that drug taking can improve a party, the overall theme of the work is the busting of a drugs ring and the film also shows that drug use can make people over confident and foolish. The Guidelines at '15' state 'Drug taking may be shown but the film as a whole must not promote or encourage drug misuse'.

21 JUMP STREET also contains a scene in which a character demonstrates how to create an explosion by mixing alcohol with battery acid. However, the procedure shown is inaccurate and therefore unlikely to be imitable.

Details

Distributor(s)
Columbia Pictures Corporation Ltd.
Classified date(s)
24/01/2012
Main language
English
Submitted run time
109m 29s
Approved footage
9853+8
BBFC reference
AFF286383
Registration number
CFJ25122

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