22 Jump Street (2014) Review

Directors: Phil Lord and Christopher Miller

Genre(s): Action, Comedy, Crime

Runtime: 112 minutes

MPAA Rating: R

IMDb Page

22 Jump Street carefully follows the blueprints of its predecessor, 21 Jump Street (2012), and doesn’t pretend like it’s doing anything but that. The duo of undercover cops Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) are back, this time posing as college kids to, you guessed it, take down the dealers of a new drug on campus. It’s more of the same, but, in this case, “the same” is euphorically entertaining.

This foul-mouthed action-comedy repeats damn near all of the notes from the first picture, down to the sequence where the heroes find themselves taking the narcotic they’ve dedicated themselves to taking off the streets. Like 21 Jump Street, most of the action is stuffed into the third act. There’s some car chases, some gunplay, some explosions, and some hand-to-hand combat. The violence is notably a bit less graphic than it was in its predecessor.

22 Jump Street parodies the idea of being a derivative blockbuster sequel almost to the point of making the audience throw their hands up in the air and say “we get the picture!” It doesn’t break any new ground, although it does heighten the faux-homoerotic tension between the two leads. It’s interesting to note that this feature takes just as much from the rom-com handbook as it does from the action-comedy one.

So, does 22 Jump Street deserve a low score for its lack of originality or a high one for doing what is does so well? I’m going to go with the latter…this movie is a laugh riot. Make sure to stick around for the end credits! Also, take note of the Devo poster on a dorm room wall, because the frontman of that band, Mark Mothersbaugh, did the musical score for both 21 and 22 Jump Street.

My rating is 8 outta 10.

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