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I get the fact that Martin Scorsese needs to move on from the Mafia to a new generation of criminals, which explains “The Wolf of Wall Street” (2013). I’m just not sure what I was supposed to get out of this movie. It’s voyeuristic fun watching the decadent rise and unsurprising fall of pump-and-dump stock millionaire Jordan Belfort, as played by Leonardo DiCaprio. At several points, however, we’re fed the notion that Belfort was somehow helping everyone else while he was helping himself. That’s just typical self-serving sales bullshit, but not surprising. A salesman’s first priority is to sell himself.

Know the difference between the cool kids and the popular kids in high school? The popular kids care about seeming cool, but the cool kids don’t care if they’re popular. That’s what makes them cool. With that in mind, behold “21 Jump Street” (2012). It is a mediocre rip-off of a mediocre 1980s Fox network detective drama. But it doesn’t care. It sooooo doesn’t care. It drowns its mediocrity in profanity and wears its lack of originality like a crown of irony. Like a pair of hipster horn rims. Which is kind of cool, in a mediocre sort of way.