“22 Jump Street” | 112 min. | Rated R | Director: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller | Stars: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube, Peter Stormare, Wyatt Russell, Amber Stevens, Jillian Bell, The Lucas Brothers, Craig Roberts and Nick Offerman
After a successful undercover drug bust operation in high school Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) get their next assignment. Now, in the sequel, “22 Jump Street,” “[these] two sons of b*tches are going to college.”
Schmidt and Jenko, otherwise known as Doug and Brad McQuaid, do the exact same thing: they go back to school and go through a series of ridiculous yet hilarious situations. In doing so, there are some sequelitis traps that the movie falls into, BUT this film knows it, rolls with it and has fun with it. It laughs at the whole idea of sequels, and how we as an audience never get tired of seeing the same movie over and over again (Make sure you stay for the mid-credit sequence).
“22 Jump Street” is neither better nor worse than the original. In fact, it’s equally as good. Thanks to Phil Lord and Christopher Miller’s fun direction, the non-stop laughter and the great chemistry between Hill and Tatum, this film is likely to be the comedy of the year.