Lightning does not strike the same point twice; they captured it once with 21 Jump Street. Can they actually do something impressive like capture it again? Yes they can and they certainly did so! Rarely are sequels ever as good as the first, much less better, but it does happen. With many of the main characters back for seconds, Christopher Miller and Phil Lord return as well to helm this second outing and make 22 Jump Street even funnier than its predecessor (Yeah, I said it!). I haven’t laughed this much or this hard at a movie in a long time. There are at least five moments in the movie that had the entire audience crying with uncontrollable laughter as some outlandish and most definitely over-the-top moment happened.
What makes this sequel work so well is its awareness of the fact that it is a sequel. It makes fun of itself and how, generally speaking, sequels suck. It is highly self-referential and because it acknowledges how silly it all really is, it works brilliantly. There are jokes poking fun at the first film, and it even comments on the absurdity of sequels that quite frankly go too far in many different aspects. It recognizes that the setup of this film is identical to the first film and it plays off of this idea, causing some serious predicaments for these characters; seriously funny, that is. Of course credit must be given to the directors who are on a roll as of late having directed the first 21 Jump Street followed by the highly successful Lego Movie. These two, Phil & Chris, certainly seem to have found a groove with one another that translates onto the screen with intelligence and wit.
We all get old and when that happens things change for the most part. For Jenko and Schmidt things have pretty much stayed the same. They continue to partner up and attempt to take down crime… I say attempt. After a botched undercover operation the pair is sent back into Jump Street division to do basically the same thing they did in their high school operation. Infiltrate the dealer and find the supplier – that’s all they are supposed to do, but being who they are, of course they mess everything up. Their friendship is tested, new love is found and strained professional relationships become life threatening. The bromance of Jenko and Schmidt may have seen its final days. The end will most certainly not be pretty but will undoubtedly be hilarious.
Another thing this film has going for it is the marketing. For once Hollwood didn’t spoil all of the best parts in the trailer! It was amazing to experience a large amount of the jokes for the first time as the actual movie played and not some 2 minute commercial. Now, as funny as Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum are in this, the real scene stealer is Ice Cube. With a more predominant role this time around he nails every scene he is in. In my honest opinion he is cause for the funniest moment of the entire film. With a chemistry emanating through the entire cast and them being able to play off of a very humorous and clever script, this movie really shines. The self-deprecation is copious and it is hilariously relevant and worthwhile.
If you enjoyed the first film, definitely see this, you will love it. There is something magical about being in an audience and looking around at all the people thinking about who is going to piss you off the most; then once the movie starts the entire audience comes together to laugh and just have a great time. This situation is rare so when it happens, as it has with 22 Jump Street, take advantage. Seize the day! Carpe diem! All that malarkey. Just see this if you like to laugh.
Rated R For: language throughout, sexual content, drug material, brief nudity and some violence
Run Time: 112 minutes
After Credits Scene: Yes, and it’s great. Plus there are extras during the credits as well. Stay seated until the end.
Starring: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube, Nick Offerman
Directed By: Phil Lord & Christopher Miller
Out of 5 Nerdskulls
Story: 4/ Acting: 4/ Directing: 5/ Visuals: 4
OVERALL: 4.5 Nerdskulls
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