run time: 112 mins
considered: Action, Comedy, Crime
director: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller
starring: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Peter Stormare, Wyatt Russell, Amber Stevens, Jillian Bell, Ice Cube, The Lucas brothers, Nick Offerman, Jimmy Tatro, Caroline Aaron, Craig Roberts, Marc Evan Jackson, Joe Chrest, Eddie J. Fernandez, Rob Riggie, Dave Franco
movie summary: Two of the dumbest cops ever to pass through the academy, Morton Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Greg Jenko (Channing Tatum), are back on the streets trying their best to bust drug dealers. After failing again at real cop work, Chief Hardy (Nick Offerman) decides to re-enlist the duo into the 21 Jump Street program. Their headquarters, an old Vietnamese church, has been sold so the program has moved across the street to 22 Jump Street. Under the command of Captain Dickson (Ice Cube) the pair must enroll into the local college to find the dealers and suppliers of a new drug called “WHYPHY”.
The pair move into their doom room under their alias from their last undercover job, Doug and Brad. They learn that a young girl has just recently died from an overdose of WHYPHY and they begin to pursue any leads through the dorms and classrooms. Schmidt begins to fall in love (again) with a fellow classmate Maya (Amber Stevens) while Jenko instantly becomes a popular kid (again) when he joins the football team. Jenko believes his new best friend and star quarterback Zook (Wyatt Russell) is the school’s biggest supplier. Schmidt isn’t buying his lame excuse on why they hang out together so much, so decides to pursue his own leads. He begins to question Maya’s roommate Mercedes (Jillian Bell) but that doesn’t lead anywhere so he convinces Jenko to go with him to visit Mr. Walters (Rob Riggie) and Eric (Dave Franco) in prison. The pair realize that they have been going about the investigation all wrong and head back to the school to start all over.
The pair begin to grow apart when Schmidt actually works on the case while Jenko parties his days away with the football team, their frustrations boil over when they can’t catch a break in the case. Schmidt decides to pursue leads about Maya and breaks into her psychologist’s office. Of course Dr. Murphy (Marc Evan Jackson) walks in on him because Jenko was busy texting and not guarding the door. In an attempt to salvage the situation Schmidt and Jenko enter couple’s therapy to realize that they can’t work together anymore. Soon Schmidt pieces together potential suppliers when he catches Ghost (Peter Stormare) and his crew in the old library talking about the shipment and distribution amongst the kids. Schmidt texts Jenko who is busy scoring touchdowns at the football game, in order to keep his job Jenko walks out in the middle of the game to go bust Ghost with Schmidt. They end up in a wild chase across campus that ends up destroying the art gallery and football stadium. When the dust settles Ghost manages to get away and Schmidt is arrested, he says Jenko is not involved in anything leading to the partners breaking up.
Schmidt returns to his regular cop bike patrol in the park while Jenko begins to ponder football scholarships to Division 1 schools. Schmidt catches a major break in the case when he passes by a file about an old drug bust involving Ghost and his gang. Armed with new information, Schmidt meets up with Jenko to tell that the case is not over and that in order to catch Ghost and find out who the distributor is the pair have to attend Spring Break down in Mexico. Jenko is excited about the thought of parties, beer, and bikinis so the pair reunite for one final crack at being real cops and solving the case before WHYPHY goes national.
my thoughts: 22 Jump Street is just like 21 Jump Street in the sense that the very first time you watch it you will laugh your ass off but by the fourth or fifth time the humor wears off a little. I loved 21 Jump Street because it provided audiences with a new type of comedy that we haven’t seen in a while, two stupid grown men undercover as kids in high school. It’s a hilarious concept when you first thing about it even though you know that their covers won’t last forever. The story even makes fun of itself because these guys are really dumb and probably the worse cops ever.
Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum have become the dynamic duo by providing audiences with the best possible police characters since Police Academy. Their chemistry on-screen is seamless and they really bounce bad jokes off each other flawlessly. They never miss a beat whether they are under cover or being Schmidt and Jenko, they flourish in their roles even though destiny throws in a few wrenches. Jenko is the dumb handsome jock guy who will always be popular while Schmidt will always be the chubby outcast who has to work to fit in and find friends. These two different contrasting personalities will always clash with each other no matter what school setting across the globe, but it’s their true friendship from their days at the academy that will keep them together when times get tough. It’s not always easy to find two actors that bond together so well on-screen, so the writers need to capture that lightning in the bottle and run with it for as long as they can without changing much.
The same exact plot, jokes, and characters are duplicated from the first movie with the two major changes, the setting and the drugs. This sequel was just another movie for Hill and Tatum to show off their funny sides, while almost guaranteeing there will be at least one movie in this series to make it a trilogy. If you stay through out the credits, you will be given a glimpse of what could have been with 30 spoof sequels involving different schools and academies around the world.
Going into 22 Jump Street everyone should expect a predictable story and ending, there’s nothing new here that we haven’t seen before except now it’s based upon college related humour and stupidity. The movie doesn’t force you to think much, it just wants you to sit back and have a good laugh.
my star rating: 7 out 10
imdb.com: 8.1 out 10
rottentomatoes.com: 83% out 100%
rogerebert.com: 3 out 4