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Review: 22 Jump Street

Jun. 10, 2014by: JimmyO

PLOT: Officers Jenko and Schmidt are back and ready for some action after surviving high school for the second time. Much like the first, the two are investigating a deadly drug, this time hitting the local college campus. Undercover, they attempt to discover the identity of the drug dealer, and how much of their department’s budget they will waste to stop them and catch the bad guy.

REVIEW: When last we saw Jenko (Channing Tatum) and Schmidt (Jonah Hill), they had faced high school head-on, looked cool, and caught a few bad guys. Villains beware, because the 21 JUMP STREET officers are back, in the sequel appropriately titled, 22 JUMP STREET – fitting, because the building is across the street from the Korean church they set up shop the last time. In fact, this highly Meta flick plays on the fact that it is a sequel numerous times. Familiarly, when Deputy Chief Hardy (Nick Offerman) assigns them back to the same old, same old, we are reminded that the budget is bigger and we should be seeing the same thing… only much larger in scale. Thankfully Phil Lord and Christopher Miller shake things up again for a ridiculously funny part two.

When another drug is hitting campuses, the two Jump Street officers are returning back to school. This time however, they give it the old college try to investigate the accidental death of a young student. Once inside, Jenko easily makes friends with a couple of guys on the football team, including a possible new BFF/suspect named Zook (Wyatt Russell). For Schmidt, he makes a splash at an open mic poetry reading with a lovely young lady named Maya (Amber Stevens). After going up to her dorm room he has a disastrous meeting with Maya’s sullen roommate Mercedes (Jillian Bell). The closer they get to the fellow students the more the old partners clash with each other while trying to maintain their undercover status.

The energy starts on high when we are reminded of what happened “Last time on Jump Street” The filmmakers have a whole lot of fun with this second film and just how they embark on continuing the story. The self-referential hilarity comes FAST AND FURIOUS – one of the many non-Jump Street nods – and it works nearly every single time. Occasionally the reminders that this is part two start to lose a little humor, but that is a very rare occurrence. The screenplay, credited to Michael Bacall, Oren Uziel and Rodney Rothman, generally manages to make the familiar story work.

For the first half of the film we are constantly reminded that you need to do the same thing as you did before. The officers are investigating a similar case and the clues seem to point at the usual suspects. Thankfully this changes as the film progresses and as much as they play with that concept, it is obvious they are going to be taking the sequel in a slightly different direction. At times the repetitive nature is a bit tedious but the jokes generally remain intact. There are several hilariously funny sequences that poke fun at buddy cop films in general, as well the original film and series.

As directors, Lord and Miller continue to give this feature an energized look, including the wildly creative car chase sequences or the informative moment where the boys expand on what is needed to live in a dorm. The use of split-screen and other inventive gags are especially creative throughout and make for one hell of a dynamic sequel. As they mention often enough during the film, they seemingly had a bigger budget to play with and it sure looks like it.

It is impossible to imagine that both Tatum and Hill are not having the time of their life with these characters. Much like Lord and Miller, the two are very aware of the joke and they embrace the craziness. The on-screen chemistry is ridiculously great as the two go through their modern day bromance as any couple would. Add to that a very game Ice Cube who gets much more to do this time around, and you really couldn’t ask for a better cast. Speaking of the rest of the talent, the cameos are all over the place and they all work especially well. To spoil any of them would be a disservice, but a couple of my favorites come in during the end credits. Other stand-outs include Wyatt Russell (Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell’s son) and as usual, Peter Stormare. This guy can play a baddie like nobody else.

22 JUMP STREET is exactly the sequel we could have hoped for. Tatum and Hill are a terrific twosome still enjoying the hell out of the ride. And this year, after the success of THE LEGO MOVIE and this R-rated sequel, it seems that Christopher Miller and Phil Lord are unstoppable. And if you stay for the credits you get a few clever ideas for what may be next for Jenko and Schmidt. 22 JUMP STREET is a hilarious continuation that successfully builds on what the first started.

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3:16PM on 06/15/2014
I skipped the first one in theatres because like a lot of people on this site, I thought Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill rebooting a show that made Johnny Depp famous would be utter crap. My brother's fianc made us watch it and it was freaking hilarious, one of the best comedies in a long time with Jonah and Channing having great chemistry, classic quotable lines "I'm gonna beat your dick off...with both hands" and the best surprise cameos I've ever seen.

That and Hot Tub TIme Machine became
I skipped the first one in theatres because like a lot of people on this site, I thought Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill rebooting a show that made Johnny Depp famous would be utter crap. My brother's fianc made us watch it and it was freaking hilarious, one of the best comedies in a long time with Jonah and Channing having great chemistry, classic quotable lines "I'm gonna beat your dick off...with both hands" and the best surprise cameos I've ever seen.

That and Hot Tub TIme Machine became our go to "hey we're tired...a little drunk...let's watch this" movies and my expectations for 22 Jump Street sky rocketed. And I'm glad to say it made me laugh even more than the first, with Ice Cube's little conflict with Jonah Hill becoming a particular highlight (along with Channing Tatum's immature and hilarious reaction to finding out about the situation)

Between 21 Jumpstreet, Lego Movie, and 22 Jumpstreet I'm a full on fan of Lord & Miller and will blindly watch anything they make until they disappoint me.
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5:01PM on 06/13/2014

PART DOO

Saw the first one a few days ago in "preparation" for this one and honestly though they're similar films, 21 is actually a tad bit funnier. Not to say this one didn't have some hearty and well deserved laughs because it surely did. But part 1 is definitely better (a reference that is also made in this film). The end credits sequence to this film is AWESOME.
Saw the first one a few days ago in "preparation" for this one and honestly though they're similar films, 21 is actually a tad bit funnier. Not to say this one didn't have some hearty and well deserved laughs because it surely did. But part 1 is definitely better (a reference that is also made in this film). The end credits sequence to this film is AWESOME.
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5:34PM on 06/10/2014

Blah

I stopped watching the first one after about an hour. Yeah, this looks like more of the same.

Pass.
I stopped watching the first one after about an hour. Yeah, this looks like more of the same.

Pass.
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1:00AM on 06/11/2014
Clap...clap...clap...
Clap...clap...clap...
6:29AM on 06/11/2014
Why did you stop watching it?You have to give a reason why! It only goes for a 107 minutes including end credits.You watched an hour but couldn`t stand for some reason not to watch the final 40 minutes and yet felt the need to comment on this review by saying this movie is more of the same? How do you know if you didn`t see the whole movie.You missed a great cameo anyway.Meh,each to their own.
Why did you stop watching it?You have to give a reason why! It only goes for a 107 minutes including end credits.You watched an hour but couldn`t stand for some reason not to watch the final 40 minutes and yet felt the need to comment on this review by saying this movie is more of the same? How do you know if you didn`t see the whole movie.You missed a great cameo anyway.Meh,each to their own.
5:30PM on 06/10/2014
So glad to hear that it lives up to expectations. Comedy sequels are notoriously hard to pull off. Now I really do want to see this movie.
So glad to hear that it lives up to expectations. Comedy sequels are notoriously hard to pull off. Now I really do want to see this movie.
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3:35PM on 06/10/2014
First movie was trash. This has that same feel to it.
First movie was trash. This has that same feel to it.
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11:17AM on 06/10/2014
Honestly didn't think this one would be great so the positive review is encouraging.
Honestly didn't think this one would be great so the positive review is encouraging.
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11:14AM on 06/10/2014
"Tatum and Hill are a terrific twosome still enjoying the hell out of the ride" - that's all I need to hear. The first movie caught me by surprise and was very funny. Glad the second movie still have that quality.
"Tatum and Hill are a terrific twosome still enjoying the hell out of the ride" - that's all I need to hear. The first movie caught me by surprise and was very funny. Glad the second movie still have that quality.
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10:37AM on 06/10/2014
First one was hilarious as hell and much better then I thought it would be. This one looks no different and actually looks funnier then the original.

Seeing it this weekend and can't wait to laugh my ass off.
First one was hilarious as hell and much better then I thought it would be. This one looks no different and actually looks funnier then the original.

Seeing it this weekend and can't wait to laugh my ass off.
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