22 Jump Street (2014)

15 Jun

Coming strong off their last collaboration The Lego Moviedirectors Phil Lord and Chris Miller usher in one of this summer’s most anticipated sequels. Thier first attempt at rebooting the cult 80’s TV show was a terrific success, and proved  smart enough to win over critics and silly enough to win over the masses.

It seems like Lord and Miller have somehow caught lightning in a bottle a second time with their followup 22 Jump StreetOur two undercover cops Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) are back, only this time – they are going to college.  Specifically, as undercover students on a mission to locate the dealer of a new synthetic drug that is connected to the deaths of several students. If this just sounds like a repeat of 21 Jump Streetit’s because it is. It reminds me a bit of Tod Phillip’s sequel The Hangover pt II, in that many of the same jokes and plot points from the first film are presented to us in the form of a sequel.

The second installment of Jump Street is clever enough however, in that it knows it’s repeating itself, and many of the best jokes are inside references to the film’s franchise, production, cast, and concept. Best of all, the film is genuinely hilarious; i don’t I have laughed harder in a theatre all year. Comedic elements aside, the film also contains a healthy dose of conflict, dressed up as a three-way bromance between Schmidt, Jenko, and Zook (Wyatt Russel), a football jock who is suspected of being the campus drug dealer. It’s great stuff to watch, and eventually it becomes hard to tell where the overtly homosexual farce ends and where it begins.

Watching the film is like watching your high school class clown in math class, while sitting with the wisecracking kids the back of the class making snide remarks at everybody. Somehow, the film pulls this feat off perfectly, and you end up laughing both at and with the film.

Rating: 7/10 

Similar to: 21 Jump Street, The Lego Movie, Anchorman 

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