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Playlist Review: '21 Jump Street' Is A Hilarious, Heartfelt Action-Comedy

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In cinema as in life, self-awareness can be a virtue or it can be a deadly thing. Since there’s essentially no such thing as originality -- conceding that you’re working within existing parameters or with familiar formula excuses -- it can sometimes enhance the effectiveness of a lot of necessary decisions that eventually must be made in order to tell a story. Calling too much attention to those choices, however, turns storytelling into parody, characters into punch lines, and any emotional investment that may once have existed into fodder for dismissal, if not derision.

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