Movie Review: 22 Jump Street

22JumpStreet_finalJenko and Schmidt are back! Well not right away, after the massive success of 21 Jump Street, yes I even I was shocked since I expected it to be terrible but I loved the first outing we now have 22 Jump Street. All the main characters are back but the not-so-dynamic duo aren’t at Jump Street. After some not so successful runs at being cops again they get sent across the street to 22 Jump Street which is a Vietnamese church. The Korean’s bought back their church but don’t worry 23 Jump Street condos are under construction next door.

Jonah Hill, left, and Channing Tatum in Columbia Pictures' "22 Jump Street."

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22 Jump Street takes every possible window to poke fun at a string of things, the fact that its a sequel, that is should be a franchise, the nicer things you get when the first one makes money, and that its the exact same movie as last time. There’s even a pun that it looks like Captain Dickson (Ice Cube) that his new office looks like a cube of ice. They aren’t even subtle with the jokes. That doesn’t stop it from being funny. The duo are now students at Metro City State College, keeping their names but going into groups that make more sense. There’s a new drug on campus and another student is dead. The team moves into the dorms and tries to get into campus life. The students constantly remind them that they look too old for college and keep calling them 30 year old narcs. The boys still try to fit in while trying to find the dealer. The visit Mr. Walters and Eric in prison for some leads. Eric is miserable and Mr. Walters is, well its weird.

L-r, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill and Jimmy Tetro star in Columbia Pictures' "22 Jump Street."

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Back on campus Jenko (Channing Tatum) successfully makes the football team and finds his soulmate in stupidity Zook (Wyatt Russell). Schmidt (Jonah Hill) while visiting the dead students frequent haunts meets Maya (Amber Stevens) who he really connects with and her roommate Mercedes (Jillian Bell) who completely hates him. Add in some typical college items like bad poetry slams, fraternity rushes, the next morning walk of shame and the boys of course accidentally taking the drug in question, boom lots of repeats from the first film but they all work. If it was a plot point in 21 Jump Street they redid it in 22 Jump Street. There’s only one joke that didn’t pay off, was Cate Blanchett too busy or something?

Schmidt (HILL) and Jenko (TATUM) with Dickson (ICE CUBE) confront the bad guys at Gringo Pendejo's

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I enjoyed 22 Jump Street as much as I enjoyed the first. The bromance between Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum is really good and believable. The amount of jokes that are built on Jenko being a dim bulb are some of the funniest ones. Ice Cube’s larger part makes for some funny scenes. There’s also a wealth of cameos. Stay thru the credits for all the bonus hilarity. Spoiler alert Johnny Depp and Peter Deluise are still dead from the previous film and don’t make an appearance. Are other 21 Jump street alums in here? Maybe. Just go see it and laugh all the way to the post credits scene.

My Rating: Full Price
Directors: Phil Lord & Christopher Miller
Studio: Columbia Pictures / MGM
Release Date: June 13,2014
Run time: 112 minutes
MPAA Rating: R