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article imageReview: ’22 Jump Street’ graduates at the top of its class Special

By Sarah Gopaul     Jun 14, 2014 in Entertainment
’22 Jump Street’ applies the same playful philosophy from the first film when Jenko and Schmidt are assigned to a drug investigation at a nearby college.
By surprising audiences with a refreshing comedy that didn’t alienate its source’s fan base, 21 Jump Street set the bar for awesome meta-movies. The box office success and rave reviews immediately gave a green light to a sequel. But like the adolescent stars of a TV show, the McQuaid brothers couldn’t stay in high school forever. Therefore in 22 Jump Street they graduate to college where the universe tips the scales back in Jenko’s favour.
Jenko (Channing Tatum) and Schmidt’s (Jonah Hill) big drug ring bust promoted them to a regular undercover unit, but their tactics aren’t really scoring points with the brass so they’re demoted back down to Jump Street – which has conveniently moved across the street to another church with state-of-the-art upgrades. Captain Dickson (Ice Cube) assigns them to a case that looks exactly like they’re last one, so it shouldn’t be difficult for the duo to break. But weeks without a solid lead cause Jenko and Schmidt to wonder if the cases aren’t that similar after all.
However the criminal investigation in this installment takes a bit of a backseat to the bromance that evolved throughout the first film. Going to college can be a strain on any relationship as both partners meet new people, discover new activities and experience a shift in the popularity balance of high school. Jenko finds his place with a fraternity and on the football team with his new best friend, the quarterback. Meanwhile, Schmidt fails to fit in with that crowd and finds himself doing the walk of shame on more than one occasion. The conversations that result from their divergent paths are hysterical, especially when they come to the difficult decision of making it an “open investigation.”
Capitalizing on the self-referential humour that was so successful in its predecessor, this picture takes it a step further. As a result, it’s not as subtle as it was and seems somewhat more rushed than before. But these lapses are easily forgiven because the movie is as funny, if not more so, this time around. As Tatum and Hill have shown through other promotional content for the films, they absolutely enjoy playing these characters, which shows on-screen because if they weren’t sincere none of the comedy would transfer.
And as further proof that they don’t take any of this too seriously, the credits send the duo to infiltrate every type of school in the Western world from scuba to firefighting to cooking, as well as a generations chapter that brings back TV’s Booker and Ioki.
Directors: Phil Lord and Christopher Miller
Starring: Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill and Ice Cube
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