22 Jump Street - Review
22 Jump Street – June 13, 2014 (9/10)
22 Jump Street is one of the best comedy sequels ever made. With so many other failures like The Hangover series and Anchorman 2, I was starting to lose faith in funny franchises. But not only is 22 Jump Street hilarious, it also serves as a great follow-up to the original.
This is the only sequel that managed to be entertaining while repeating the same story as the first movie. This franchise has the fortune of being a parody of itself. 21 Jump Street mocked 80s remakes and TV shows. So naturally, 22 Jump Street mocked sequels. This self-awareness created the perfect platform to satirize Hollywood. And the result is an overall fun and unique experience.
Deputy Chief Hardy (Nick Offerman) assigns Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) to 22 Jump Street because the department has invested a lot of money into keeping the program alive. This is what sets the stage for all the sequel jokes, including the notion that a bigger budget means a better movie. Now Schmidt and Jenko are off to college to once again ‘infiltrate the dealers and find the supplier.’
Unlike The Hangover Part II, this sequel feels authentic because they added twists to the original formula. And since they’re in college now, there are different things to poke fun at. Including improv comedy, slam poetry, one night stands, joining a frat, playing football and partying during spring break. There are plenty of new memorable moments and quotes, which is especially hard to pull off in a sequel.
Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum continue to be absolutely hilarious. They embody this franchise and their comedic chemistry is perfect. Newcomers Amber Stevens (Greek), Jillian Bell (Workaholics) and Wyatt Russell (This Is 40) are great additions to the cast and help make this movie so much more fun. But there were a couple jokes about Tracy Morgan and Maya Angelou that fell flat due to poor timing.
Overall, 22 Jump Street is one of those rare comedy sequels that live up to its predecessor. But even though the movie joked about repeating the same story, it still repeated the same story. I also prefer the original because it was more heartfelt. But 22 Jump Street is the perfect follow-up film. One of the most hilarious scenes takes place during the closing credits, which almost didn’t happen. I don’t think they could make another movie, but I’ll definitely be there on opening night if they do.