If you were a fan of 21 Jump Street then prepare to laugh twice as hard the second time around. 22 Jump Street really is a hilariously good time.
Not that I should have to say this at this point, but in the interest of fairness I am going to say it once more, If you have not yet seen 22 Jump Street and are opposed to any sort of spoiler, you should proceed at your own risk.
They may slip out at any time.
Let me be the first to say that Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill have developed the kind of on screen comedic chemistry you don’t see very much anymore. They are so very in tune with one another and give a pretty spot on performance in the film.
I also give a huge deal of credit to Ice Cube for really opening it up in this one. In 21 Jump Street, Captain Dickson wasn’t quite as open as he is in this one, and really drove home a funny performance.
Now, let’s get down to business here, shall we?
When we catch up with Jenko and Schmidt, they are on the tail of a pretty big time dealer known as Ghost. Schmidt has developed this new personality, which turns out to be a really bad Latino gangster persona, which needless to say doesn’t go over very well with the perps.
After an octopus-related incident, their covers are blown and they are off on a pretty wild car chase that once again, doesn’t end well for Schmidt. Are we seeing a pattern here?
At this point, they are sent back to Deputy Chief Hardy for reassignment. After an innuendo filled speech, they are headed back to Captain Dickson at the newly relocated Jump Street headquarters at 22 Jump Street.
Now, if you are one of those people who are put off by puns, innuendos, and hidden meanings, then this movie is going to annoy you to your wits end; however, if you can appreciate the subtle art form, you are going to laugh more than you ever have before in your life. Especially when the dynamic duo walks up to Dickson’s office and realize that it looks like a giant cube of ice. See what they did there?
Moving on, Dickson tells Jenko and Schmidt that they are headed back to college. Both of them seem excited at the prospect of being able to start over again and re-live the college years.
Unfortunately, college isn’t all fun and games for the partners. After a young girl is killed in relation to a new drug taking over called “Whyphy,” it is their responsibility to locate the dealer and cut the drug off at its source.
In case you were wondering, “Whyphy” stands for “Work Hard? Yes Play Hard? Yes.” Apparently, the effect it has on you is that for about four hours you are super focused and can cram for tests, get work done, or anything else you need to have the utmost concentration on. Unfortunately, once the drug wears off you have one of the most intense trips that you have ever been on.
Before the two of them head off to MC State, Dickson hands them a photo of the girl that is deceased and the person in which they think is the dealer.
Fortunately for Jenko and Schmidt, this is a pretty odd ball tattoo that absolutely no one other than the one person in the picture would have.
As they get settled in, they begin to converse with the other students at the school in order to track down the dealer. Then something goes horribly wrong. Slowly, but surely, Jenko and Schmidt start to fall apart. Schmidt has gravitated to a girl named Maya, who he subsequent begins dating – which ultimately creates a whole new set of problems for Schmidt – and Jenko gets involved (non-romantically) with a guy on the football team who goes by the name of Zook.
Speaking of the romantic/non-romantic issue, multiple times throughout the course of the film, you are going to feel like you are watching a married couple break up. The two of them are so very embedded in each other’s lives that as they come apart, it is almost like a relationship is ending, which once you see the movie you will know, helps keep the laughs coming all that much more.
As the two of them continue to get further apart from each other and begin falling too far into what they want their personal lives to be like, they continue to get further away from the real problem.
After a lot of thought, hard work, and a very ill-placed grenade, the two of them finally work together once again to get to the bottom of the problem at hand.
And what would a Jump Street movie be without a cameo from the originally 21 Jump Street series? Well, you get just that towards the end with a visit from Officer Dennis Booker, who as some of you know, was played in the original series by Richard Grieco.
If you want my honest opinion, this is one to go see in the theaters. Also, go with a bunch of your friends. The more people you have with you, the more you’ll have to talk about after the movie, because I assure you, you’ll miss something with all the laughing you’ll be doing.
Directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller have managed to put together a very well-structured, hilarious movie that has a very good chance of owning the Box Office on opening weekend.
Oh, and for the record…stay through the credits. There’s more.
I give this one four out of five stars just for the sheer amount of laughs in the film.