“22 Jump Street”
Directors: Phil Lord and Chris Miller
Screenwriters: Michael Bacall, Oren Uziel, Rodney Rothman
Cast: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube, Nick Offerman, Wyatt Russell, Amber Stevens, Jillian Bell, Jimmy Tatro, Keith Lucas, Kenny Yang
Runtime: 1 Hour 52 Minutes
Rating: R for language throughout, sexual content, drug material, brief nudity and some violence
Studio: Sony Pictures
After Credits Scene? Yes
“22 Jump Street” picks up where “21 Jump Street” left off with Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) having just finished an undercover assignment at a high school. Now, there asked to do the exact same assignment, this time at a college.
Literally . . . this is the exact same movie as the first one. And you know what . . . that’s AWESOME!
I have talked about how talented Phil Lord and Chris Miller are a lot on this blog and “22 Jump Street” is further proof of why they’re such incredibly gifted comedic directors. They have such a unique style of directing that is so self-referential that it’s almost a parody. The fact that this is the same movie as the last one adds a lot to the film’s comedic moments. It pokes fun at the fact that sequels are almost always bigger, grander, and more outrageous than the first one, yet are basically the same movie all over again. It’s absolutely hilarious whenever this point is referenced and is a joke that never gets old despite what you might think.
Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum have such perfect chemistry on screen. They work off each other so brilliantly and have dynamite comedic timing. A lot of the film’s comedy wouldn’t be as strong without the timing of these guys, as well as the entire cast.
Speaking of the entire cast, Ice Cube is outrageously hilarious in this movie. He has a bigger role in this film and steals basically every scene he’s in. There are segments in this movie involving his character where my audience and I were laughing so hard that we were missing some other jokes.
There are also great new additions to the cast as well. I found that the additions of Jimmy Tatro, Wyatt Russell, and Jullian Bell were great and all had really strong comedic moments. However, the best characters added to this franchise are by far the Yang twins played by Keith and Kenny Lucas. They made me laugh so much every time they were on screen and were so memorable.
Last thing I wanna mention before I finish is that the end credits to this movie are literally the best I have ever seen. They might be some of the funniest stuff I’ve seen in any comedy in an extremely long time. There’s also a scene at the very end of the credits that, while brief, is absolutely hysterical.
Guys, I’m telling ya, “22 Jump Street” is a near perfect comedy. It’s meta-style of humor makes for an incredibly entertaining theater experience and it’s just non-stop hilarious from beginning to end. If I were to come up with any flaws with it, all I can think of is the fact that I missed Brie Larson’s character from the first movie. Other than that, this is a comedy sequel that proves that when directors put time and effort into it, it can surpass the original in nearly every department.
Overall, I give “22 Jump Street” an A.
What did you guys think of “22 Jump Street?” Are you a fan of the first “21 Jump Street” movie or maybe even the TV show? Did you stick around for the credits? Comment below with your thoughts.
“22 Jump Street” is now playing in theaters.
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