Since making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt and Jenko when they go deep undercover at a local college.
What we think: Perfect sequels are few and far between, near perfect sequels however are a little more common.
After making everything awesome with their last outing, The Lego Movie, which smashed the box office. Directors Lord and Miller turn their attention back to Jump Street.
With the same smart, witty humour that made Emmet Brickowoski a household name, the same is replicated for Tatum and Hill who as Detectives Schmidt and Jenko get to go undercover in college with hilarious outcomes.
Everything about 22 Jump Street is quick, flash and funny, including the tagline ‘They’re Not 21 Anymore‘ and it’s my favourite comedy of the year so far.
The pair are back undercover and off to college, looking to track down a new drug called ‘WHYPHY’ (Work Hard Yes Play Hard Yes) which is doing the rounds.
The film never takes itself too seriously, and right at the start the writers get a chance to poke fun at the original when Schmidt and Jenko are hauled in front of Deputy Chief Hardy after a bust goes slightly wrong.
“Things are always worse the second time around,” he quips “The first outing, was an unexpected success, unburdened by expectation; this assignment will simply be more of the same, with more money and diminishing returns.” never a truer word spoken.
To put it bluntly, Hardy all but outlines how this next instalment is going to play out.
When Schmidt and Jenko stand outside the church that was once 21 Jump Street headquarters, now brought back by the Koreans, they head across into their new home.
But not before looking over their shoulder at a set of condos being built on, you guessed it, 23 Jump Street. A possible and yet so blatantly obvious nod to a trilogy completion.
The plot is so basic it’s hardly worth taking any notice of, but it’s full of sex-related-low-brow-humour that anyone worth their soul will find amusing.
Hill and Tatum’s chemistry is played out well, and despite them having similar bonding issues as in the first film there are the occasional fresh reveals to keep the film ticking along.
Ice Cube steals almost every scene he’s in as the much angrier Captain Dickson, he’s given a brand new swanky office that actually looks like a ‘cube of ice’, and is the focus of a hilarious mid film plot twist that sent the audience into fits of laughter.
Lord and Miller for the most part play it safe, but its a very good follow up to a franchise that nobody (including the writers) thought would amount to much.
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