22 Jump Street (2014)
22 Jump Street
Directors: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller
Writers: Michael Bacall, Oren Uziel, Rodney Rothman, Jonah Hill, Patrick Hasburgh, Stephen J. Cannell
Cast: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube, Peter Stormare, Wyatt Russell, Amber Stevens, Jillian Bell, The Lucas Brothers, Nick Offerman, Jimmy Tatro, Caroline Aaron, Craig Roberts, Marc Evan Jackson, Joe Chrest, Eddie J. Fernandez, Seth Rogen
Synopsis: After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt and Jenko when they go deep undercover at a local college.
MPAA Rating: Rated R for language throughout, sexual content, drug material, brief nudity and some violence
9.8 / 10
- The jokes are pretty funny
- Clever jokes about how this is a sequel, and it features a rehash plot
- Ice Cube, Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum are funny in their respective roles
- The sequel jokes are probably the funniest part of the film
- End credit scene is funny
- Love story involving Jonah's character feels a bit contrived, but it sets up the comedic moments between him and Ice Cube perfectly.
- Story is a rehash of the first movie, with a few minor differences here and there. However, the film is a satire, so it makes fun of itself for having these flaws; hence it's forgivable.
They're not 21 anymore....
It's official. If you thought the last movie was so far removed from the original TV series, to where the only thing they had in common was the fact that the names were the same. Well, this one takes things a bit further. Hell, the sequel isn't even called "21 Jump Street" anymore. Nope, it's been renamed "22 Jump Street." Therefore, I'm not even going to bother saying this movie franchise is loosely based on the original TV show anymore because I feel like that would be lying, as this film series has literally nothing to do with the original "21 Jump Street" TV show.
No, the best way to think of this rebooted franchise is to think of it as it's own thing, as it has absolutely nothing to do with the original TV series by this point. Granted, you'll probably have a lot of purist fans of the original TV show crying foul over this sequel. However, if you loved the first "21 Jump Street" film, then chances are you'll probably like this one as well.
LIke the last movie, "22 Jump Street" is basically nothing but a d*** joke film that focuses on the bromance between Channing and Jonah's characters. Channing Tatum continues to play the frat boy dumbass that made him popular in the first film, while Jonah plays the super nerdy and insecure partner. Together, they form an unusual buddy cop tandem that's entertaining to watch.
If you're expecting any kind of great storytelling, then you'll probably be disappointed in "22 Jump Street" because it's basically nothing more than a rehash of everything you saw in the first one. Hell, the film itself doesn't even try to hide this fact either, as there's a scene that literally even mentions that little fact.
Also, there's a couple of scenes that make brief nods and winks to audiences about how there will be more sequels to this franchise if it continues to make money. In other words, the movie basically makes fun of itself, while being essentially a rehash of what the the first film was. However, that's not to say there's not a few differences though.
Unlike the last one that played sort of a role reversal with the characters, this one features Schmidt (Jonah Hill) being the outcast this time on their next assignment; while Jenko (Channing Tatum) is the one that's "in" with the cool people that might be pushing the drugs this time around.
Naturally, Schmidt starts to get clingy and possessive of Jenko spending so much time with his new friends, while Jenko yearns for a bit more freedom. As expected though, you know at some point they're going to fight and split up. Crap is going to happen to where they're going to apologize to each other, and bond again. Plus, since this is a d*** joke film, you can definitely expect a lot of homosexual innuendoes regarding their bromance throughout this flick.
However, it's the way the film handles these cliches that it somehow makes "22 Jump Street" feel fresh and original. Because these characters are already established from "21 Jump Street", the film takes advantage of that by making the whole movie very satirical to the point that even if it does fall into any cliches that it still comes out being funny. It's hard to really fault a film like that.
In terms of story wise, I'd probably say that "22 Jump Street" has arguably one of the weakest stories for a comedy that I've ever seen. However, the jokes are funny, and it's interesting to see the franchise take a more satirical route that it completely separates itself from the original series.
Jonah Hill, Ice Cube, and Channing Tatum are hilarious in their perspective parts, and they seem to have a strong chemistry together. Although the romance involving Jonah's character does seem a bit contrived, but it sets up various comedic situations between him and Ice Cube rather well, as it turns out that Schmidt might have a thing for Captain Dickson's (Ice Cube) daughter. And if you thought Ice Cube gave Kevin Hart a hard time in "Ride Along" for dating his sister in that film, then that's nothing compared to the hell you'll see him put Jonah Hill through in this one.
Overall, I wouldn't call "22 Jump Street" a bad film, as it's probably one of the funniest comedies that I've ever seen. Granted, the story is a bit weak, but it's a satire of buddy cop films. Plus, it has a lot of clever jokes making fun of the fact that it's a sequel, with a rehash plot. Therefore, it's forgivable for what it is. If you loved the first "21 Jump Street" movie, then you'll definitely love this one, as it's arguably funnier than the last one.
However, if you're one of the few fans of the original TV series that didn't like all the liberties that the film adaptation took, then I'd avoid this one like the plague because this one has almost nothing to do with the original show at all.
On a side note though, I should advise any of my readers that choose to see this film to wait until the end of the credits, as there's a funny scene at the end. I won't spoil it for anyone reading this, but it's worth waiting for.
© 2014 Steven Escareno
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