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13 Movies You Really Wanted To Hate (But Actually Couldn’t)

13. 21 Jump Street

Columbia Pictures/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures

The 21 Jump Street TV show is where Johnny Depp made his name, playing a baby-faced cop going undercover in various high schools. The show was a huge hit back in the day, though Depp always hated it, feeling it was too much too silly, and he wanted to be taken seriously.

When it was announced Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum were reviving it, reactions were mixed.

Why You Wanted To Hate It: Movies based on cheesy old TV shows rarely work out (The A-Team, Wild Wild West etc) and at the time Tatum was considered little more than a bland hunk. A Bad Boys style buddy comedy featuring him and Hill didn’t sound promising, and the world had no idea just how brilliant directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were.

The Reasons You Couldn’t: Because it was absolutely hilarious. The chemistry between the two leads was incredible, and it’s the film that gave Tatum cred as a talented actor. Lord and Miller kept the jokes flying but also injected some heart into it. Johnny Depp’s cameo is also the best thing he’s done in years, and it fulfilled his wish by violently killing off his character.

The sequel was even better.

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