Sunday, January 25, 2015

22 Jump Street

22 Jump Street by Chris Miller
Tearing those annals up
This weekend I watched 22 Jump Street (2014) by 21 Jump Street directors Christopher Miller and Phil Lord. The movie had been on my bucket list for a while now, because A) The Wolf of Wall Street actor Jonah Hill is hi-larious (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him to the Greek, The Sitter, anyone?), and B) Hill and Mr. Jenna Dewan aka Channing Tatum work really well together comedically.

We're jump street and we're about to jump in your ass

The skinny

This time Schmidt (Hill) and Jenko (Tatum) are going to college. Their assignment? To track down the supplier of a new drug known as WHYPHY that had already caused one student to die. Our duo partakes in the college life, with Jenko befriending a pair of jocks named Zook (Wyatt Russell) and Rooster (Jimmy Tatro), and Schmidt falling in love with art student Maya (Amber Stevens). When Maya tells him their relationship is nothing serious, Schmidt starts to feel left out as Jenko hangs out more and more with Zook and Rooster. With their investagation leading them nowhere, they decide to pay a visit to the penisless Mr. Wolters (Rob Riggle) and Eric (Dave Franco), asking for advice on how to look for the WHYPHY supplier.

The review

With numerous winks and nods to unoriginal sequels, 22 Jump Street is funny on two levels: as movie in itself and as a parody (of sorts). Schmidt & Jenko are doing the same thing - but different - this time around, providing 112 minutes of laughs and funny moments with their homo-erotic relationship, entertaining dialogues, and of course ridiculous action sequences. Add cameos by Peter Stormare, Patton Oswalt and Queen Latifah, plus more by Ice Cube and Nick Offerman, and you understand why 22 Jump Street is a very worthwhile sequel.

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