A Teen's Perspective on Movies

This summer the Cleveland Park Library welcomed one of the many teens who found employment in the District through the Summer Youth Employment Program. Our teen was Donte. He shelved many, many books, he hauled tables around for children’s programming, he helped organize story times, he blogged about his experiences and he worked on a "capstone" project. Teens could chose to do anything library related for their capstone project, and Donte chose to to review movies. Since he’s now off to college to major in creative writing and film this seemed a perfect fit.

He’s left us some reviews to post and I’ll be putting up one a week for the next three weeks.

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Ever hear the platitude “everyone’s a critic”?  Well not here!  I am the only critic and you’ll take that to heart, that is if you don’t want to end up regretting making the trip to Cleveland Park only to go home, get comfy, grab some popcorn and a blanket, and find out that the movie that seemed so interesting at first was almost as bad a decision as buying that snuggie.  However, have no fear because now at the library you’ll know what deserves an Oscar and well…what deserves to be burned with the snuggie.

The movie today is Phil Lord’s 21 Jump Street. This may be the most underrated comedy of the year so far. It stars Channing Tatum and comedy powerhouse Jonah Hill. I mean seriously, has Jonah Hill ever been in a bad movie? (Forty Year Old Virgin, Superbad, Moneyball )

This movie takes the often used and rarely funny concept of undercover police officers and runs with it. Even Ice Cube is good. Now generally I am not a fan of rappers or singers starting an acting career, but this is nothing like the so-so children’s movie Are we There Yet, and a far cry from Ghost of Mars. (Yeah, there is reason you’ve never heard of that movie.)  As it was oh-so-eloquently stated in 21 Jump Street, “This feels like the end of Die Hard, but this is real life…the third one Samuel Jackson style.”  So please do not waste your money on Seth Mcwhatshisface’s waste of screen time Ted, and come pick up 21 Jump Street from the library. I’ll tell you like this—it’s free and at least ladies get to stare at Channing Tatum in uniform for two hours.

                                                                                                                                                                                                   --The Only Critic AKA Donte