22 Jump Street
Release year: 2014
Director: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller
Screenwriter: Michael Bacall, Oren Uziel, Rodney Rothman, Jonah Hill
Starring: Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Ice Cube, Peter Stormare,Wyatt Russell, Amber Stevens, Jillian Bell, Nick Offerman
After going through High School for the second time in 21 Jump Street (2012), Jenko and Schmidt are sent to college to uncover a drug ring, yet again.
22 Jump Street starts out in a familiar way: an arrest gone terribly awry, a scolding from chief Hardy (Nick Offerman), and a trip down to Jump Street. However, this time across the street in number 22, because the Koreans wanted their church back. From the get-go jokes about sequel expectations are plenty: inflated budget, more expensive gear, and most important of all: more of the same. This time Jenko (Channing Tatum) and Schmidt (Jonah Hill) are sent to college to investigate a case which they are told is exactly the same. But before long they realise that this case might be a bit different. The real strength of 22 Jump Street, apart from its many good jokes and funny moments, is the realtionship between its two leads. Tatum (Magic Mike 2012) and Hill (Superbad 2007) are absolutely wonderful, and when their relationship is strained by a new friendship between Jenko and college quarterback, Zook, we really see them shine. The so-called bromance has become almost a staple of a certain type of comedies in later years, but noone do it as believably as these two. Ice Cube (Ride Along 2014) get to be even angrier this time around, but despite a short appearance in the beginning by the culprits of the first film, the supporting cast is all new. Peter Stomare (Bad Milo! 2013) is wonderful as always, and Amber Stevens is charming as Schmidt’s love interest. Zook (played by Wyatt son-of-Kurt Russell) is the kind of jock that you’ve always wished existed: really good at what he does, but not a douche about it, which only makes it all the more difficult to dislike him when he start getting between Jenko and Schmidt. 22 Jump Street definitely lives up to the expectations of those who loved the first film. While it may not be necessary to have watched the first one in order to enjoy this one, it is as always recommended, as knowing the background of their relationship only adds to movie. The movie is a bit long, and dangerously close to being too aware of itself. Luckily, it doesn’t cross the line and it will keep you entertained to the end. Be sure to watch the end titles!
Watch out for cameos by Anna Faris (in the end title sequence) and Dustin Nguyen, of the original TV show, as Vietnamese Jesus in Jenko’s Whyphy-induced dream.
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