Starring: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube, Peter Stormare, Wyatt Russell, Amber Stevens, Jillian Bell
Directed by: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller
Written by: Michael Bacall, Oren Uziel, Rodney Rothman
Rating: R (US) Running Time: 1 hr 52 min
I honestly considered just copying and pasting my review for 21 Jump Street into this write-up, to see if anyone would notice how clever I was being. But since that’s not likely to happen, because a: it’s not really that clever, and b: would likely be seen as lazy. I figured I’d try to give you a similar summary as 21, but this time – with more words! 🙂
22 Jump Street is pretty much the same movie as 21, with a slightly bigger budget. Something the makers of this movie were keen to point out throughout the film. We’ve got the same plot, the same characters, the same concept and just like the first film, this works, and is really funny. It’s like the creative team from 21 Jump Street took a look at their old movie, factored in the massive box office takings and the glowing reviews and just said F#@! it, let’s not mess with a winning formula!
Not messing with that funny formula turned out to be the best formula for 22 Jump Street. The awesome chemistry between Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum is still there, and the movie is loaded with smart self-aware dialog and some genuine laugh until you cry moments. I was also happy to see Ice Cube get more screen time in the sequel, and his character ends up being a major factor in two of the funniest moments in the film.
It’s pretty simple really, if you enjoyed 21 Jump Street and wanted to spend more time with these characters, then go watch 22 Jump Street. If you’re new to the series, you don’t really need to see the first movie in order to understand where these characters are coming from. The film is rated R because of some occasional bad language, and drug/alcohol use.
This kind of film isn’t necessarily a big screen visual event, but a crowded matinée or full price showing would be fun. At home, this would be best watched in HD with friends along with some choice brews. If you’re of drinking age that is!
Jenko’s (Channing Tatum) reaction when he finds out who Schmidt ( Jonah Hill) is having a relationship with, is priceless!