So far this summer movie season I have seen three comedy movies. Two of them were hilarious, the other one…not so much. 22 Jump Street is one of the latter films. Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill are back to deliver yucks aplenty in this sequel to the smash hit 21 Jump Street.
WARNING: Before I start I have to admit that I missed the first ten minutes or so of the film.
In 22 Jump Street, Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum play Schmidt and Jenko, two cops who need to infiltrate a college and find a drug supplier. It is the exact same story as the first movie, which they joke about constantly. The story is not going to win any awards for creativity or innovation and since it is the same plot as the last film, I don’t really feel as though I should go any farther into the synopsis.
Let’s get straight to the meat of this film: comedic value. Again, the plot almost duplicates the first, so what this film needed to work was its comedy. And, this film delivered. The entire movie was full of quick one liners that had me and the entire theater doubled over from laughter. Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum work off of each other tremendously and I can only imagine that the entire crew figured that the best way to capture the same comedy from the first film was to do the exact same thing while making fun of it. Normally I would be upset that a film that was so funny and creative with its jokes would just copy and paste the formula in its sequel, but for some reason, I sat back and was excited to see more. I didn’t want the film to end. I think it was a perfect mixture of Hill and Tatum working together and quick dialogue that made for some hilarious one liners. There were even some inside jokes that some viewers didn’t catch in the theater that made me break out in laughter.
The Bottom Line: Look, I’m not going to spend too much time on this movie. I’m not going to analyze it to death. Story-wise it’s as cliche and copy and paste as they come, which is upsetting, but when it comes to the jokes, man did this movie more than deliver. This movie does exactly what you want. It makes you cry from laughter. Hopefully for the third film, which will undoubtedly happen, they will be a little more clever with their story. Speaking of sequels, I would love to give a special shout out to the end credits sequence for this film. If you watch the entire film and don’t even laugh once, I dare you to at least watch the end credits and not at least crack a smile. That was probably the best part of the film.