Comparisons are often made to the first film in a sequel, but ‘22 Jump Street’ outshines its predecessor. It's as if Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill have found their stride in their second movie together. The chemistry between the two is amazing with each playing off the other. The two mis-matched actors are equally matched as misfit cops. The result is a duo that compliments each other with flawless comedic timing throughout their performances.
Cop buddy films are not a new genre. But ‘22 Jump Street’ is able to put a new spin on an old twist and give it a fresh and funny look. It is the epitome of male bonding.
As promised, big changes are in store for officers Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) when they go deep undercover at a local college. In the first film Hill was the brains of the undercover operation, but this time around the brawn is needed to complete the task
Channing Tatum is allowed to let his athletic abilities show when Jenko meets a kindred spirit on the football team. Schmidt infiltrates the bohemian art major scene (It is here that he finds his love interest) as he incorporates himself into campus life. Together they must reconcile their roles on campus in order to work the case.
Tatum is in his element as a football jock. In fact, he does most of his own stunts in the film. As he becomes a football star on-campus, Jenko must make a decision that impacts his partnership with his polar opposite, Schmidt. If these two overgrown adolescents can grow from freshmen into real men, college might be the best thing that ever happened to them.
Ice cube (Captain Dickson) has an expanded role in the film and it is a welcome sight. He also brings along a fellow rapper, Queen Latifah who plays his wife. We are able to look at the rough and no-nonsense captain in a different light as a father and family man. One of the funniest parts of the film is when the captain has a meltdown at a buffet table after learning some disturbing news about his daughter.
The thing that works for this film is that it doesn't take itself very seriously. No one is safe from ridicule. For example the film makes fun of the possibility of various sequels and police formula movies based on the ‘The Jump Street’ franchise.
Those audience members who were in a cave and did not see the first movie will not be lost since the film incorporates many scenes from ‘21 Jump Street’ into the storyline so that viewers can play catch-up. For example, Dave Franco (Eric) and Rob Riggle (Mr. Walters) reprise their roles in the film. They develop a whole new relationship in prison.
‘22 Jump Street’ will have you laughing with tears streaming down your face. It is the ideal vehicle to jump start the summer movie parade.
It has been rated R by the MPAA for the following reasons: language throughout, sexual content, drug material, brief nudity and some violence. It has a run time of 112 minutes.