21 Jump Street has moved to… across the steeet. To 22 Jump Street.
22 Jump Street (2014) is the sequel to the previous movie with the number below it (21) and stars Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum as Schmidt and Jenko. The two officers are back and they are doing the exact same thing they did in the first movie, only this time instead of going undercover in a high school, they go to college. The film also stars Ice Cube, Nick Offerman, Amber Stevens, and Jillian Bell.
Right off the bat, I knew I was gonna like this movie for one reason: Because the ads made it apparent that this film was going to make fun of Hollywood the entire time. Now I love my Hollywood blockbusters, and I’ve written my fair share of papers on Hollywood and its history; but I can’t deny that the originality of Hollywood writing has dipped in recent years. This film brings that notion to life by having the characters do the exact same mission as the last time. It’s a statement on the fact that Hollywood has lost its originality and that people think the only way to make a good sequel is to do the same thing as the first time in the high hopes that people won’t notice. It’s certainly true enough whether this movie was made or not. Did anyone see The Hangover Part II (2011)? Schmidt and Jenko’s captain, Dickson (Ice Cube), even says to them, “It’s the same case as last time, with double the budget. You can’t go wrong!” What makes it funny is that they don’t overdue this gag through the entire movie. It’s not like every scene is like this. They really only bring it up two or three times, but when they do, the writing is concrete and fits perfectly into the plot of the movie.
Despite the movie being, “The same as the first,” there are certainly still elements that make it a funny and action packed movie. This is both because of the writing and the fact that the movie actually had a much larger budget than the first movie. But you also gotta hand it to Hill and Tatum. They are great together and I’m sure a lot of bromances can relate to the two of them.
If you can understand the humor behind 22 Jump Street, and go along with it, then I’m sure you’ll find it funny and incredibly entertaining. Having said that, there are people who have complained that it is not nearly as funny as the first one and that’s fine too. Personally, I liked it and had a lot of laughs from it. Not to mention the gags throughout the credits could be the funniest part of the whole movie.
Overall Rating: 6.5/10 – Pretty good
Go see it with your friends and have a laugh. It’s another fine addition to the summer 2014 blockbusters and Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum are hilarious together.
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