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Movie Review: '22 Jump Street' full of laughs, hip-hop legends as a couple

Actors Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill attend the Premiere Of Columbia Pictures' "22 Jump Street" at Regency Village Theatre on June 10, 2014 in Westwood, Calif.
Actors Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill attend the Premiere Of Columbia Pictures' "22 Jump Street" at Regency Village Theatre on June 10, 2014 in Westwood, Calif.
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'22 Jump Street' movie

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If "21 Jump Street" didn't make viewers laugh until they cried, the sequel "22 Jump Street" should do the trick. The original cast O'Shea "Ice Cube" Jackson, Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum return to the screen for another hilarious detective assignment: find WHYPHY (work hard yes, play hard yes) drug dealers on the college campus MC State.

Actress Amber Stevens attends the New York screening of '22 Jump Street' at AMC Lincoln Square Theater on June 4, 2014 in New York City.
Actress Amber Stevens attends the New York screening of '22 Jump Street' at AMC Lincoln Square Theater on June 4, 2014 in New York City.
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In the first film, Schmidt (played by Hill) was the cool guy in high school and Jenko (played by Tatum) was the lame. But in college, Jenko finds his groove with the help of a social clique -- tatted-up football players Zook (played by Wyatt Russell) and Rooster (played by Jimmy Tatro). The only problem is their tattoos fit the description of the drug dealers who are responsible for the death of a college student, and Jenko wonders if his college party days will come to an abrupt halt.

Of course it wouldn't be a college movie if not for the days of dorms, random college dorm accessories, fraternity parties (Zeta Theta Psi) and pledging, liquor, plenty of women, one-night stands, drug tripping, spoken word events, weirdo professors, boring classes and quick-tempered captains. Well, everything but the last one.

Captain Dickson (played by Ice Cube) already looks like he's about to bust a blood vessel whenever Schmidt and Jenko are anywhere in sight, but when Schmidt commits the ultimate worst mistake ever to make in police work, then Captain Dickson really does go nuts -- with a plate of green beans. Even his wife (played by Dana "Queen Latifah" Owens) can't stop the captain's fight with the food.

Actress Amber Stevens joins the cast and shows off her comedic acting chops as art major Maya. At an open mic night, gives a couple of salutes to Maya Angelou, in a respectable joke that the late poet probably would've been amused by. Granted the slam poet's (played by Janeline Hayes) cringeworthy and entertaining dialogue about areolas were memorable enough, Schmidt's open mic performance was worth laughing hard enough for eyes to water. (Side note: Nobody's spoken word poem is funnier than 2013 "Peoples" character Meg [played by Kimrie Lewis-Davis] at the dinner table, but Schmidt came very close in this film.)

Another scene stealer was Maya's creepy roommate Mercedes (played by Jillian Bell) who bullied Schmidt every chance she could.

The only downside to an otherwise feel-good film were entirely too many uncomfortable bromance scenes. One or two would've done the trick, but after the fourth or fifth time it was just getting old and the dialogue was too long. Other than that, "22 Jump Street" is highly recommended.

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