112 Min | Action – Comedy – Crime | July 2014
IMDB Rating: 7.8
Directors: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller
Starring: Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Ice Cube
22 Jump Street Review: “22 Jump Street” takes place only a few months or so after its predecessor in that after being off Jump Street for a while, officers Jenko and Schmidt are re-assigned back to undercover work because they did it so well in their first case. So now they’re sent off to college to do the exact same thing as the first film. And the thing that forgives most of the film for this is that the writers were clearly aware of this so they made full well the audience got the message that “Yes, we know “22 Jump Street” is the same as the first movie. Don’t bash us for it, its part of the joke. Go along with it”. But in that, at the same time, the movie also feels highly rehashed and you can’t help but go “This is the exact same”. The comedy is still there, and it’s still just as good. So don’t think that because the movie feels rehashed that you’re not going to laugh because yes you definitely are, regardless.
The acting itself in “22 Jump Street” is very good. There’s only three people to care about this time since there’s no real supportive cast. Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, and surprisingly Ice Cube. Joe and that kid from “Superbad” would one day be hilarious as hell together in an action – comedy, yet here we are. They bounce off each other really well, and there’s plenty of times where their lines are improv and it’s completely seamless. They’re great together and I hope they do another series or something after the Jump Street movies because they are so brilliant as a duo. The last thing is that the action in “22 Jump Street” is bigger than the last one, and overall better. There are more jokes while the fights are happening and it’s all actual realistic conversations, for example. There’s one which makes fun of a really old cliche really well and it was one of the funniest scenes of the whole movie.
So in the end, was “22 Jump Street” enjoyable? Yes. Was it better than the first? No. Was it a rehash? Definitely. But it did redeem itself a little bit by acknowledging that fact, even the joke got old quick. I’m still going to buy this movie, it’s still super entertaining. It’s best watched with a bunch of friends, like all comedies are. After this I think the inevitable 23 Jump Street could turn out at least good. Let’s just hope it’ll be more original.