22 Jump Street (2014)
If you haven’t seen 21 Jump Street, I suggest you go find yourself a copy, watch it, and then return to this review! We good now? Cool! 2 years ago, newbie cops Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) were thrown into an undercover program where younger looking cops infiltrated High Schools in order to bust drug dealers and gang activity. Well after the success of the program, the guys are returning to undercover work in college to do “the exact same thing” as the movie so bluntly puts it, making fun of itself. They are sent to a local college looking for a new drug that recently killed a student. Jenko seems to be having a blast in college meeting new people and making the football team while Schmidt finds romance doing slam poetry. Both guys seem to be drifting apart doing their own thing, but at the end of the day, they remember that they are cops deep down and have a job to do.
22 Jump Street is as it say, “exactly the same” as the first movie. So expect the same kind of jokes, the same kind of story, the same kind of ideas and the same kind of awkward moments. The first hour of the movie is pretty tame as most of the jokes come from embarrassing moments and “bromance” related weirdness. In fact, the Bromances go a little over the top with how much they are focused on. It got a little old at times that I kept rolling my eyes more than laughing. This is where I kinda missed the characters from the first movie because they were people we already knew and liked (even the bad guys), but adding all these new characters just seemed like busy work. However, there is one point about halfway through that will grab your attention and keep the movie flowing til the end. The 2nd half bring the story back into focus (with more Ice Cube) and the laughs just keep coming. If it weren’t for all the awkward moments at the beginning, I would easily say this was better than the first movie, but for now, I’m calling it a tie. I like them both and think they both have there moments. Either way you see it, this is a must see for fans of the first movie and one that will make my favorites of the year. Co-starring Ice Cube, Peter Stormare, Amber Stevens, Wyatt Russell, Jillian Bell, Nick Offerman, Rob Riggle and Dave Franco.
8/10 Stars – Crazy, wild, awkward and funny, these 2 pull off the same kind of movie again with great results!
22 Jump Street is a brazenly open comedic sequel while identical to the first in story, characters etc still manages to make you laugh and provide solid entertainment. The truth is that the creators of the film were intelligent enough not to mess with a good thing and instead just tweak it to keep it from getting stale.
If you haven’t seen the first film then I suggest you do before venturing out to see this one. You need to the background on the characters to fully understand the jokes and innuendoes. It would still be somewhat entertaining without the background but near as if you had seen the original. That said I felt like some of the jokes felt the same as the first. I see why they did that but I would have like a bit more freshness. I agree with my other half, the bromance angle was a bit much. They laid it on thick and you can only take so much before you just want to say “get on with it already!”
Tatum and Hill are great. Their on-screen chemistry, no pun intended, is what makes this movie work. I can’t imagine any other two actors pulling off the way they do. I did appreciate the more active role that Ice Cube had in the film because his character provided a nice little twist that kicked the film into high gear through till the end. The other newly introduced side characters weren’t as compelling as those from the first film so that was a bit of a disappointment but since this film hones in more on the “bromance” it is understandable.
All in all it was a good film. I did feel like I was watching the first one all over again – and yes I know that was the point – but a little more variety would have gone a long way in my book. Still fans of the first movie will love this one and it provides an opportunity for some new fans as well to hop on board before 23 Jump Street hits theaters which we know it will.
7/10 Stars – Awkward and funny, the only reason I’m giving this a 7 is because it was literally the first movie again.