Title: 22 Jump Street
Director: Phil Lord and Christopher Miller
Stars: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube
21 Jump Street was one of the funniest movies of the past several years. Meta jokes combined with the hilarious chemistry of the two goofball leads made for great comedy. This time around the jokes stay mostly the same (at the film’s awareness) and, while, remaining quite funny and entertaining, becomes slightly bloated towards its second half.
Schmidt and Jenko (Hill and Tatum), now stationed at 22 Jump Street (a formerly abandoned vietnamese church conveniently across the street from the titular abandoned korean church from the first film), are fresh off of their drug bust at the high school, and ready for another mission. Captain Dickson (a riotous Ice Cube) gives them another mission involving finding the supplier of a drug, and wild antics ensue. Despite this time taking place at a college, the plot is practcally identical to the first, which the film acknowledges. The meta jokes are abundant here; the film opens with deputy chief hardy (Nik Offerman) saying “nobody gave a shit about the jump street reboot, but you got lucky.” It really doesn’t get more self-depricating than that.
While the meta jokes work, often times they’re even uproariously funny, they become a bit too much by the end. Though the film makes fun of itself for its plot, it still is, in fact, predictable. And the endless barrage of sequel joke after sequel joke is completely tired out by the time the credits (also a joke) role. Even so, the film’s leads have enough chemistry and show off enough of their comedy chops, and the film’s multitude of hidden jokes and references keep it consistently entertaining.
Though 22 Jump Street essentially has one big joke to tell, it tells it well enough with its hilarious leads and clever writing to keep you laughing through (most of) the two hour run time.