This is graduation season and many high school graduates are preparing for the transition to college. The same can be said for the protagonists in “22 Jump Street,” one of the years most anticipated comedies. The franchise buddy picture opened this weekend and is expected to be one of the summer’s top grossing films.
“22 Jump Street” begins where the first film left off, with nerdy Schmidt (played by Jonah Hill) and jock Jenko (played by Channing Tatum) being assigned to go undercover as college students. They are investigating an online class, which leads them to a group of drug dealers. When they fail to arrest the culprits, our heroes are reassigned to Captain Dickson (played by Ice Cube), who now works at 22 Jump Street, which is across the street from 21 Jump Street, where they worked in the first film. Their new assignment is to go undercover at a local college where a new drug has become popular. While there, Jenko befriends a football player, Zook (played by Wyatt Russell), while Schmidt dates an attractive art student, Maya (played by Amber Stevens). As they work the case, our heroes find their friendship being put to the test.
Although it sometimes follows the storyline of the first film a little too closely, “22 Jump Street,” is still worth seeing as it is very funny. Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum are both excellent in the lead roles. They have great chemistry. Ice Cube is equally good as their boss, who is usually angry at them.
There are some terrific action scenes in the film. An example is the opening, where Schmidt and Jenko almost bust the drug dealers. This scene, like the other action scenes, is both exciting and funny.
“22 Jump Street” is a good choice for fans of the original.