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Film Review: 22 Jump Street

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22 Jump Street (film)

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Jenko and Schmidt are back in action in this summer's sequel to 2012's 21 Jump Street. The film, appropriately titled 22 Jump Street, follows the young cops as they transition from being undercover high school students to undercover college students.

The script is nowhere near as funny as the last one, although it does have clever jokes. There are more than a few jokes about the budget for the film and how this film was being made even though "no one cared" about the first one. Twists in the plot can be figured out before they happen, and sometimes a joke is used too much to get laughs. However, Tatum and Hill's bromance still keep the lines and the action fun enough to keep you entertained.

Another thing bothersome with this film is the character of Mercedes, a college freshman who does nothing but rip apart the ages of the two leads. She comments on it through the majority of her screen time, yet it is obvious to the viewer that she, too, is way too old to be 18. In fact, she's right around Hill's age (30). It made her crankiness less humorous and more obnoxious.

22 Jump Street is a decent sequel but, like all films with a follow-up, is not quite as good as the first one. It has some smart jokes, but bad casting choices and an okay script keep it from its awesome potential. In fact, the best part of the movie is the epic montage during the credits that makes you wish the film was two whole hours of that.