22 JUMP STREET
Author: J.A. Hyde
June 12, 2014

SYNOPSIS: After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) when they go deep undercover at a local college. But when Jenko meets a kindred spirit on the football team, and Schmidt infiltrates the bohemian art major scene, they begin to question their partnership. Now they don't have to just crack the case - they have to figure out if they can have a mature relationship. If these two overgrown adolescents can grow from freshmen into real men, college might be the best thing that ever happened to them. - SONY PICTURES

Dudes!

Bros!

If you’re looking for a film that won’t make you have to think or cry, 22 Jump Street is just the thing for you! If you liked 21 Jump Street, you’ll LOVE this sequel.

Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum are back as Schmidt and Jenko – the two most inept cops ever. The two play well off one another, but it’s really Hill who carries the story. Tatum plays dumb very well, and Hill is the perfect foil for the crazy situations they get into.

In this film, the two are sent undercover to college to find the supplier of a new designer drug called “WHYPHY” that seemingly caused the death of a student. If you’re concerned about these two men passing as college students, don’t be. Many jokes are made about their “mature” looks. They gravitate toward their own personality types – Jenko as a football jock and frat boy; Schmidt as a serious nerd type who excels at poetry slams.

Wyatt Russell plays quarterback and frat president Zook who quickly becomes Jenko’s BFF, especially since they make the perfect team on the football field. A pretty art major, Maya (Amber Stevens), notices Schmidt at a poetry slam, and, for once Schmidt gets the girl while Jenko parties hard at the frat house. Unfortunately, Schmidt also has to deal with Maya’s ever-present and annoying roommate, Mercedes (Jillian Bell).

Ice Cube is back as Schmidt and Jenko’s boss, Captain Dickson, and Peter Stormare plays “The Ghost,” a major criminal whom the guys think might be the villain behind the WHYPHY problem. The action all culminates during spring break at a Mexican beach resort.

After all, what would college be without spring break?

The review continues after the jump!

Look for some very major stars making uncredited cameos, and stay through the credits for some fictional, but very funny, “previews” of coming sequels.

22 Jump Street is the equivalent of a summer weekend get-away, so if you’re looking for a completely frivolous bit of confection, this film is for you. Sure, every single cliché about college life turns up, but who cares? It’s all in fun! - JoAnne Hyde

GRADE: B


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