Thursday Movie Picks: Undercover

This week's theme from Wandering Through The Shelves is about characters that are undercover. There's a lot to choose from, so I went with a theme within a theme. All of these movies are about law enforcement agents going undercover. Two sets of cops and one FBI agent. All with varying degrees of comedy involved.

1) 21 Jump Street

I didn't have the highest expectations for this but my husband and I got a rare date night away from our then baby so we went to this on opening night and laughed our asses off. Comedies are the only times I like big crowds in theaters, all that laughter is contagious. 

2) Kindergarten Cop

I watched this movie so much as a kid and sadly, I still quote it frequently.

3) Big Momma's House

Yes, I'm aware this movie is dumb as hell and full of stereotypes but I laughed.

17 comments:

  1. Omg I didn't think of Big Momma's House! I loved that movie when I was younger.
    We match on 21 Jump Street! I never expected it to be any good either but it's one of my fave comedies ever :D

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    1. Big Momma's House is a bit of a blast from the past, isn't it? lol

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  2. Sony should just do that Men in Black JumpStreet crossover instead

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  3. Kindergarten Cop is without a doubt Arnie's most universally appealing film. I've watched it many times and get a chuckle or two every time.

    Jump Street was better than I expected too!

    I've never seen and never will see your last pick. I can't stand that guy.

    I chose a comedy I didn't have high hopes for but ended up really liking and two dramas based on the same source.

    Spy (2015)-CIA agent Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) is the eyes and ears for dashing agent Bradley Fine (Jude Law) keeping him safe in dangerous situations. But when Bradley is assassinated by Bulgarian arms dealer Rayna Boyanov (Rose Byrne) Susan convinces agency head Elaine Crocker (Allison Janney) to let her go out into the field to try and basically save the world! McCarthy kicks some serious butt in this ripper of a comic spoof with able help from Miranda Hart as Susan’s goofy friend and a hilarious performance by Jason Statham as a fellow agent who thinks he’s the greatest but is in reality a buffoon.

    The Street with No Name (1948)-FBI Agent Gene Cordell (Mark Stevens) goes undercover to investigate the seedy underworld of Skid Row. Gene joins a gang of vicious thugs who are responsible for recent murders and helps them plan a heist; unbeknownst to the criminals, they'll be playing right into a police set-up. Unfortunately, manic crime boss Alec Stiles (Richard Widmark) knows that one of his underlings is an informer, and it's only a matter of time until he figures out which of his men is the undercover cop. Gritty noir with a fantastic Widmark.

    House of Bamboo (1955)-A reworking of The Street with No Name. US undercover agent Eddie Kenner (Robert Stack) arrives in postwar Tokyo to infiltrate a violent crime ring run by former GI Sandy Dawson (Robert Ryan) and falling into a relationship with Mariko (Shirley Yamaguchi) the widow of one of the gang members. As he gets closer to exposing the organization he risks being exposed himself. Once again it’s the villain this time enacted by the great Ryan who stands out.

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    1. Oh man I love Spy. I was so prepared to hate that movie and I ended up laughing my ass off instead. I haven't seen your other picks.

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  4. Kindergarten Cop is very funny and I enjoy watching it. I should give 21 Jump Street a chance but I can't stand Jonah Hill. I think I will pass on the 3rd one

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    1. 21 Jump Street is hysterical, you have to see it!

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  5. I love 21 Jump Street...and 22 Jump Street. Have to admit, I never watched Kindergarten Cop. I keep telling myself I will. Maybe one of these days. Can't stand Big Momma's House, other than Nia Long because...well, it's Nia Long.

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    1. I'd love to read your thoughts about Kindergarten Cop. lol

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  6. Great list! I used to watch Kindergarten Cop when I was little and I really enjoyed that movie! I will admit that Big Momma's House was a pretty dumb movie.

    Here’s my Thursday Movie Picks!

    Ronyell @ The Surreal Movies and TV Blog

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    1. Pretty dumb is being nice, it's astoundingly dumb lol.

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  7. Wow, Big Momma's House I think is the only film I actually walked out on. It was stupid and not funny at all.

    21 Jump Street and Kindergarten Cop however are awesome as the former made me laugh my ass off. The latter, I'm still waiting for a Criterion release on that film. Pecs & Poetry.

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    1. That's hilarious that I picked the one film you did that with! lol

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  8. I've saw Kindergarten Cop as a kid and thought it was fun. Wasn't there some sort of remake recently?

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