Movie Review: War Dogs *****

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War Dogs is a Jonah Hill movie about civilians who sell arms during war time. It is a true story. A couple of buddies reunite a few years after high school and discover that anybody can buy and sell military equipment to the government. There is a lot of money to be made by being the middle man who puts the buyers and sellers together without ever directly handling the merchandise. They start small, but find a connection of a lifetime that could make a huge score. There is some shadiness, fear of double-crossing, and skirting of foreign and domestic laws that get them into a lot of trouble. They find a unique but ridiculous solution to their problem that just might work.

Jonah Hill is one of my favorite young actors. I liked his role in this movie. The story is real–that is what made it intriguing. The plot was set up and unraveled very well. The locations were seedy, not glamorous as many other movies project. The acting was very good and the soundtrack was outstanding. I loved this movie. 5 out of 5 stars.

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Movie Review: 22 Jump Street *****

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22 Jump Street is an undercover cop movie starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum as misfit partners. The sequel to 21 Jump Street has the agents going to college to stop the proliferation of a new designer drug. The undercover police task force has moved to a new building across the street, so their new address is 22 Jump Street. The guys are immediately spotted as narcs in the classroom and move to other areas to find the drug distributors. Hill joins up with the arts crowd while Tatum tries out for the football team. Just as they are getting close to finding the source, their funding gets cut and results need to be found sooner using fewer resources. Complications with friends and lovers break up the team, but they reunite to crack the case.

This is a very good sequel to a movie that was originally a TV show. It is not necessary to know much about the TV show or the first movie to enjoy this flick–it stands alone as an easy to follow, good story about relationships and police work. There’s some romance and a bro-mance to go along with the action and investigation while solving the mystery. It’s predictable, but it’s fun. Hill and Tatum are very good in their roles. Ice Cube is outstanding in a support role. The parents weekend scene had me crying with sustained laughter. Cameo appearances by popular celebrities was unexpectedly nice. There are extra scenes during the credits that tell about the potential future of this team that is worth sticking around to watch. Additionally, there is a bonus scene at the end of the credits that is good fun. I laughed a lot, and I was entertained. 5 out of 5 stars.

Spoiler alert for the ladies: Channing Tatum wears a tank top during much of the movie, but his shirt does not come off–sorry.

Published in: on June 16, 2014 at 1:55 pm  Leave a Comment  
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