As moviegoers anxiously await the rapidly approaching onslaught of Christmastime movies, summer movies are beginning to make their way onto the horizon. So, it comes as no surprise that today, December 16, 2013, the trailer for one of this summer’s most anticipated comedies, “22 Jump Street,” finally hit the web (Please note that this is a red-band, R-rated trailer that is not intended for younger viewers).
The film, which is a sequel to the reboot of the popular 1980s television series by the same name stars Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill as two undercover cops in the Jump Street division, which, as is explained in the trailer, has now moved its headquarters across the street to 22 Jump Street.
But that’s not all that’s changing in the upcoming sequel. Now, the boys are going to college.
The official synopsis for the film provides more detail on the upcoming film, announcing:
After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) when they go deep undercover at a local college. But when Jenko meets a kindred spirit on the football team, and Schmidt infiltrates the bohemian art major scene, they begin to question their partnership. Now they don’t have to just crack the case - they have to figure out if they can have a mature relationship. If these two overgrown adolescents can grow from freshmen into real men, college might be the best thing that ever happened to them.
The trailer certainly looks promising – it’s immediately clear that Tatum and Hill still have the same powerful comedic chemistry that made the first film so enjoyable, and they’ve retained as much of the original cast as the story could allow for, so it should have many of the same hilarious relationships. However, I am a bit hesitant to say that the film is going to meet expectations due to its unmistakable similarity to the first. Sure, college will offer a lot more room for raunchy humor and absurd situations, but it could also encourage some lazier writing. Considering the tremendous success of the first film, it seems possible that the “Jump Street” team could follow the lead of the “Hangover” franchise and create an amusing yet redundant sequel that weakens the entire franchise.
Fortunately, the writing in the first “Jump Street” movie was so well done that it seems more likely than not that they will be able to make another great film despite the glaring similarities between the two films. It should be easier to gauge the direction the film is taking as more information surfaces, so keep reading the Pittsburgh Film Examiner for the latest news on “22 Jump Street!”