The Hunger Games return with such a sequel twist that you can't believe writer Suzanne Collins didn't think of film when writing. Catching Fire builds up with all types of subversive messaging which is interesting but also brings into relief the limitations of the genre and film.
Cormac McCarthy’s bones and Ridley Scott's style do not make The Counselor something more than an interesting curiosity. A film that seems destined more to be remembered as that move where Cameron Diaz does that thing with the car than anything else.
Footage of Dustin Nguyen from the original show are shown on television screens during the shootout at the prom. Whenever Nguyen is shown, a TV screen gets shot.
Hanson (Johnny Depp) is seen in disguise as a biker eating a jar of peanut butter, based on a suggestion by Depp during his last season on the show. Penhall (Peter DeLuise), was also seen in disguise as a biker based on one of the character's attires in the original series. The disguised characters were written specifically for Depp and DeLuise by Jonah Hill.
Holly Robinson Peete reprises her role as Judy Hoffs in the scene where they choose the car from the motor pool.
The song Straight Outta Compton by N.W.A. is played in one scene. Ice Cube, who plays Captain Dickson, was a member of N.W.A.
The two guys dressed as ushers standing on either side of Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill as they exit the limo and enter the prom are actually their stunt doubles.
While Jenko and Schmidt are being briefed on HFS there is a video sharing site on the computer. Two of the related videos in the sidebar were uploaded by users Chanchan and Brielar. These are references to Channing Tatum and Brie Larson.
Originally, the drama teacher talks about doing cocaine with Whitney Houston's niece, but the line was changed after the death of Whitney Houston. The line had to be dubbed as "doing cocaine with Willie Nelson's horse".
When Schmidt and Jenko go undercover as brothers, their last name is McQuaid. In the original TV show, Johnny Depp's and Peter DeLuise's characters would also go undercover as the McQuaid brothers in several episodes.
Throughout the film as the two main characters return to "The Chapel" they are confronted by 2 female officers who are ragging on them and touting their own exploits. Busting a prostitution ring, and busting up a chop shop run out of a High School auto shop. Both of these cases are clearly based on episodes (from season 1) of the old series in which they did infiltrate a modeling ring that was used for prostitution and a chop shop run out of the auto shop.
While undercover, Jonah Hill's character's cover is almost blown by someone he knows personally, and he avoids this by pushing her away and saying that she tried to grab his private parts. This same exact thing happened to Johnny Depp's character in Donnie Brasco while he was undercover.
In one scene the bad guys are actually watching the TV series 21 Jump Street on TV. While other original cast members show up in cameos in the film, Dustin Nguyen (Officer Harry Truman Ioki) does not. But he is worked into the film here as almost all the shots on the TV are of Ioki.
Channing Tatum passed on the movie twice before he was convinced by Jonah Hill to take the role.
Channing Tatum's character is named Jenko after Captain Richard Jenko, played by actor Frederic Forrest, on the original 21 Jump Street TV series. Jenko was the original captain of the squad before being killed off and then replaced by Captain Adam Fuller, played by Steven Williams.
This is Phil Lord and Chris Millers first live action movie.
At one point, Dave Franco's character says that he doesn't trust Channing Tatum's character because he looks like he's 40 years old. In reality, Tatum is only five years older than Franco.
Jonah Hill lost over 40 pounds for his role since he and Channing Tatum are required to do a number of physically demanding stunts.
The understudy for Peter Pan is named French Samuels. Samuel French is the name of the publishing company that manages the rights to the musical "Peter Pan".
Emma Stone was originally offered the role of Molly opposite Jonah Hill, but had to turn it down due commitments to "The Amazing Spider-Man". Jennifer Lawrence, Juno Temple, Gemma Ward and Julianne Hough were also considered before Brie Larson was cast.