22 Jump Street ***


“22 Jump Street” is the sequel to “21 Jump Street” from two years ago. The original movie was a remake of a TV show that ran in the late 80’s and starred Johnny Depp. It was a fairly dramatic show. The film version, starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, was made as a flat out comedy, which sort of rubbed me the wrong way. I thought it was funny and I enjoyed it but it was I did find it a missed opportunity. The sequel takes that even further, almost bordering on parody of most buddy cop movies. I laughed and had a great time yet again.

The directing team of Phil Lord and Chris Miller are back again as is writer Michael Bacall and Jonah Hill. These guys know how to write comedy. Miller and Lord are fresh off of “The Lego Movie”, which was a hilarious romp as well. This time they take a lot of shots as sequels in general. The captain even tells them they got luck with reboot in 2012. The department is provided them with a bigger budget and they want them to do the same thing all over again. You see where this is going.

Tatum and Hill return as partners Jenko and Schmidt. These two guys should not be police officers. They are very funny as a duo but they freely drink, do drugs and get innocent people in to dangerous situations. The comedic chemistry just works though. I especially love the moment when they try to get in to character is potential Mexican drug dealers. Hill goes complete cholo, with a hilarious Mexican accent. Tatum attempts to match him with side splitting results.

The movie then sends them to college to try and find the suppliers of a new drug that is making the rounds. They are enrolled in classes and move in to the dorms where they immediately start getting themselves in to troubles.

Basically what I am saying is that if you really got a kick out of the first film then you should see this one as well. It is mindless entertainment that works.


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