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June 16, 2014

REVIEW: ‘22 Jump Street’ funnier than 21


As a comedy sequel to a film based on a now-defunct television series, “22 Jump Street” should be an over-marketed, unwatchable disaster. 
However, following up on the success of 2012’s surprisingly enjoyable “21 Jump Street,” “22 Jump Street” is an even funnier romp which again should exceed audience’s expectations.
Screenwriters Michael Bacall, Oren Uziel, and Rodney Rothman are at the top of their game here, presenting a movie which addresses the limitations that plague most sequels by facing them head-on, and ups the number of meta-references, multi-layered gags jokes and split-second sight gags.
Well done, gents!
After an unsuccessful try at a different kind of case, buddy cops Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) are brought back to Jump Street by their boss (Nick Offerman of “Parks and Recreation” fame), who reminds them (in slightly stronger language than this) that no-one cared about the Jump Street reboot before, but now, “this department has invested A LOT of money to make sure Jump Street keeps going.” 
Contextually, he means the Metro City Police Department’s undercover program of course (nicknamed Jump Street), but the audience knows what he really means. We saw what you did there.
The job this time is for Schmidt and Jenko to pose as Metro City State College freshmen and find out where a deadly new recreational drug is coming from so they can stop it before it spreads to other campuses — the same set-up as the first movie, but which the writers (playfully) allow characters to point out, for the audience’s benefit as well as one another’s.
Schmidt soon hooks up with Maya (Amber Stevens), an art student who knew the girl that overdosed. Meanwhile, Jenko pursues leads through the football team, becoming best pals with Zook (Wyatt Russell), a grinning blond fratboy who’s another yang to Jenko’s yang.

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