Making a sequel to a movie is tricky business. Sometimes a movie is really good, it lends itself to a sequel, and it works out great. Toy Story 2, Godfather 2, and The Dark knight. But a lot of the time sequels are driven by money. When a movie makes a ton of money the studios can't resist going back to the well, even if it's a bad idea. And they keep going back until it totally bombs. The 2 Hangovers and the multiple American Pie sequels. 22 Jump Street, amazingly, is in the first category. It really shouldn't have worked. The genius of this movie is it completely makes fun of the idea of sequels and especially of itself. We know the problem with sequels and the movie knows we do. It is a complete inside joke and we are invited in to enjoy it.
When Captain Dixon, played by Ice Cube sets Jenko and Schmidt, played by Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill, down to explain their assignment he tells them this case is exactly the same as their last case, except since they look like they're 50 years old it's college instead of high school.
When they ask if they can't do something different he tells them no, this is going to be exactly like the last one. And it is. Which is what most of the jokes are about. Deputy Chief Hardy, played by Nick Offerman, tells them “two years ago nobody cared about Jump Street but now we’ve invested a lot of money to make sure Jump Street keeps going. Just remember it’s always worse the second time”.
The chemistry between Channing and Jonah is awesome and they really play up the whole “bromance” thing. When Jenko joins the football team he meets Zook the quarterback played by Wyatt Russell. They bond immediately and Jenko and Schmidt go through a bad beak up.
The entire movie is full of raunchy humor and every joke doesn’t hit the mark, but they have way more hits than they do misses.
It’s a little less than 2 hours, Rated R, and I mean R. Seriously, the language is rough.
If you like the first one, then you’ll love this one. I actually think it might be the better of the two. During the credits they do a montage of movie posters for possible future sequels and it is every bit as funny as the movie. It will be interesting to see if they try for a third. I can’t imagine it would work, but I wasn’t expecting this one to be any good.
My Score: 5 Buds
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