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Review - “22 Jump Street” - upped their game, but failed to match first movie

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22 Jump Street

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In this sequel to the surprise hit, Jenko and Schmidt return and are asked to go to college to try and bust college students who are dealing out drugs.

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Of course with this being a sequel, it was up to the producers and the actors to really up their games in this one and make it stand out against the first movie. They were off to a good start as they of course poke fun at themselves. For a good five minutes of the movie, they poke fun at sequels and how they are just doing the same thing in this movie.

Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill both return to the movie as Jenko and Schmidt and really steal the show, as per usual. They have great chemistry on the screen and their comedic timing with one another is about as perfect as you are going to get. Tatum should do more comedic roles and Hill should return back to the comedic roles that made him so popular amongst his fans.

While this movie’s objective was to up the game in every aspect it was able to succeed in some places and not in others. In regards to comedy, it succeeded. This movie by far has more comedic moments, especially coming from Channing Tatum and Ice Cube. Jonah Hill actually was not as funny in this movie as he was in the first one and it seemed like he was just showing us once again that he likes to do dramatic movies now.

The action and the story line wasn’t as entertaining as it was in the first movie. While the plot was predictable at times, it still did have that WTF moment like in the first movie. Really it’s obvious but you are not paying attention so you miss the clues. Jenko’s (Tatum) Spider-man abilities seemed a little bit too much at times are like ‘Really? Really? He just jumped down four flights of stairs’.

The credits are perhaps the best part of the movie. They are worth sticking around until the end and prove that credits don’t have to be the boring run down like they always are. If you want people to see them, then do it in a way so that audiences will be entertained and not bored.

Overall, the movie was able to find some success in the places that they probably wanted to. It’s a great movie to see with your friends or on a date and it’s sure to get quite a few laughs. Just like every other sequel. It’s a bigger production, but not as good as the first.

22 Jump Street stars Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube, Nick Offerman, Jillian Bell, Amber Stevens, and Peter Stormare and is rated R.

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