The comedic timing, the acting talent, the heartfelt moments, who knew that Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill would have such onscreen chemistry? No there is no romance brewing in this follow-up to the successful “21 Jump Street,” although their characters aren’t shy about joking about it.
“22 Jump Street” does a rinse and repeat of the first movie, but plays on the fact that sequels typically suck as do all movies thereafter (stay tuned for the closing credits to see). These fellas are having fun and it's obvious by their performances. They are out to prove that things can be better the second time around.
Schmidt (Hill) and Jenko (Tatum) are back again on another undercover mission. Can this formula work again? Turns out the two hitting the college scene to catch a campus drug supplier is not such a stretch. Jenko fits right in as a student athlete. He joins a frat and the football team and befriends fellow jock Zook (Wyatt Russell), an investigation suspect. Schmidt feels left behind but meets beautiful co-ed, Maya (Amber Stevens), at a poetry slam. As Schmidt and Jenko grow further apart into their own make-believe, collegiate worlds, their investigation loses its steam. But the two decide to partner up again to find the person behind the deal, which leads them to Mexico for spring break.
The movie works despite its unoriginal plot because of the cast. Hill and Tatum definitely don’t take themselves too seriously and poke fun at each other and themselves every chance they get. Ice Cube as the captain of their department was hilarious in the first film and turns it up a notch for the second. The movie loses a little bit of steam when the gang heads to Mexico, but they make it up for it in the end. There are several fun casting surprises throughout the movie, but its Schmidt and Jenko that bring the movie magic.
Final words: It’s entertaining, fun and if they can keep the comedy coming, it wouldn’t be a bad thing if they moved the address across the street again.