“Things are always worse the second time around,” said Deputy Chief Hardy.
22 Jump Street, sequel to 2012 surprise hit 21 Jump Street, directly explains what it will be right on the beginning. Before everything begins, Hardy has told dynamic duo Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) about a new mission, same as the previous, but with bigger scale and bigger money. And, that’s what 22 Jump Street does, being a satire to sequels and being what a sequel should be.
After taking out drugs dealer in high school (21), now the duo goes to the same mission in university. The plot goes simple but smart as usual, thanks to Christopher Miller and Phil Lord (also directors of the prequel and The LEGO Movie). Schmidt and Jenko track down the latest drug WHY-PHY (Work hard yes, Play hard yes); Jenko meets a new BFF and Schmidt meets a hazardous lover. The plot is not something to worry about, it’s how the duo starts doing their signature trouble we should worry about. From the beginning till end, smart-ass scenes piles up to triggers laughs and all.
With Hill-Tatum’s chemistry that goes stronger now along with smart scripts, 22 Jump Street finds its true brain. Although it feels a little worn-off in the end of the mid-act, soon, we get our laugh back with the climactic spring break madness and the funniest credit scene in 2014.
VERDICT: It’s not just a sequel, it’s a sequel that mocks sequels with a “procedure to do a sequel.” 22 Jump Street is obviously bigger, tougher, grittier, crazier and funnier.
22 Jump Street (2014)
Comedy, Action, Crime Directed by: Christopher Miller, Phil Lord Written by: Michael Bacall, Oren Uziel, Rodney Rothman, Jonah Hill based on TV series by Patrick Hasburgh & Stephen J. Cannell Starred by: Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Ice Cube Running Time: 112 mins Rated R for language throughout, sexual content, drug material, brief nudity and some violence
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