Director(s): Phil Lord, Chris Miller
Starring: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube, Peter Stormare
Release Date (US): 13th June, 2014
Company: Columbia Pictures/MGM
“We Jump Street, and we ’bout to jump in yo ass.” – Capt. Dickson
22 Jump Street re-unites the dynamic duo of Phil Lord & Chris Miller (The Lego Movie) with their 21 Jump Street stars Channing Tatum (Foxcatcher) and Jonah Hill (The Wolf Of Wall Street). After successfully making their way through high school (for the second time), officers Schmidt and Jenko are sent deep undercover at a local college – on the hunt for the source of a new drug called ‘WhyPhy”. However, when college life starts to interfere with the investigation, the two cops begin to question their relationship as partners.
22 Jump Street is exactly as ridiculous as you might have imagined it to be. Having shocked everyone with their surprisingly hilarious 21 Jump Street reboot, directors Lord and Miller never fail to remind the audience of that fact. Throughout the movie, the writers appear just as surprised as the viewers that this series ever was a success in the first place – giving rise to a tongue-in-cheek satire of the modern day Hollywood sequel.
And it’s absolutely hilarious. Where the first movie could have been considered a ‘better than average buddy cop movie’, 22 Jump Street is a breath of fresh air to the blockbuster comedy genre – and one that people will likely be talking about for many years to come. Throughout its 112 minute runtime, it’s fully aware of what it is, constantly taking the mickey out of its own existence. The central storyline of the movie is irrelevant. The viewer will be far too entertained by the various extraneous antics onscreen to even care.
“Do the same thing as last time. Everyone’s happy.” – Deputy Chief Hardy
21 Jump Street unearthed a gem in the Tatum/Hill comedy double act, and their great chemistry shines through the sequel once again. They’re more confident this time around – bouncing off one another with ease. Tatum continues to prove his doubters wrong with another fine comedic effort that’s never reliant on his much-maligned sex appeal, while Hill is rapidly maturing into one the best comic actors on the planet.
The supporting cast is equally as entertaining. Peter Stormare (The Lost World) hams it up nicely as the villain of the piece, while Greek‘s Amber Stevens shines as Schmidt’s love interest and confidant, Maya. However, it is Jillian Bell (Workaholics) and Ice Cube (Ride Along) who steal the show. Both share some truly wonderful scenes with Jonah Hill’s Schmidt, contributing to several of the film’s funniest moments. It’s great to see Nick Offerman (Parks & Recreation) back as the apathetic Deputy Chief Hardy as well.
Direction & Tone
Undoubtedly the in-form directing duo at this moment in time, Phil Lord and Chris Miller continue to display the talent they showed with The Lego Movie earlier this year. The fact that they delivered not one, but two critically acclaimed comedies in the space of less than sixth months speaks volumes. This sequel could have easily flunked, just like The Hangover, Part II, and many others like it. Instead, they created a modern classic.
- Thankfully this movie’s existence has been engraved in the YouTube history books forever, thanks to one immortal line.
- I’m not afraid to say it: 22 Jump Street is the best out and out comedy since Zombieland. It’s arguably superior to The Hangover as well…
- Stay through the credits – I implore you! They will make you *cry* with laughter.
- Word from the #SonyHack is that we could be getting a Men In Black/Jump Street crossover somewhere down the line. I don’t care if this reeks of franchise desperation – make this happen Sony!
22 Jump Street is one of the funniest films of the year. Lord & Miller eclipse their 2011 smash hit with this wonderfully satirical sequel, reuniting the dream team of Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum to solidify their status one of the best comedy duos of recent times.
Result: “Very Good”