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22 Jump Street (2014) Reviewed By Jay

United States, 04 April 2014


Jay´s Review

Okaaaay.  It worked before, now let's milk it. At least this time our heroes are in college... With a team of writers (a total of SEVEN), co-directors Christopher Miller and Phil Lord, who have collaborated before on ("The Lego Movie," "21 Jump Street," and "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs"), are visiting familiar territory: Our characters work undercover in an educational environment sullied by drug sales to youngsters. Problem is, our two heroes aren't sure if they can make the leap to adulthood and a mature friendship, even with a certified couple's counselor!

The cast:

  • * Channing Tatum ("White House Down") Jenko thinks he has found a new soul mate, someone who thinks like him, talks like him and plays football like him.
  • * Jonah Hill ("Moneyball") Schmidt is jealous. He doesn't like being usurped by some jock, although there is a delectable young beauty who just might do the trick, if only she wasn't the daughter of...
  • * Ice Cube ("Ride Along") Captain Dickson, who is profanely emphatic that he will NOT have his daughter dating one of his cops!
  • * Amber Stevens (Lots of TV) Maya may be Captain Dickson's daughter, but she has a mind of her own. Looks like the apple didn't fall very far from THAT tree!
  • * Wyatt Russell ("Cowboys & Aliens") is Zook, the athlete who bonds with Jenko (and yes, he is the son of Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell).

This R-rated outing starts with a brief recap of the previous movie, much like the TV show always included a recap of the previous episode. The audience really laughed at this inside joke. It has a LOT of profanity, physical humor, anatomical jokes, visits from "21 Jump Street" characters, and some goofy vehicular mayhem. We saw gunfights and fisticuffs, but the only blood I remember was from a shoulder wound on one of our heroes.

The screening audience was ready to enjoy this one, and they did!

To me, the tongue-in-cheek imagining of future sequels (grad school, flight school, dental school, beauty school, driver's ed, ad infinitum) during the final credits scroll, was almost funnier than the movie itself.

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