22 Jump Street (2014)

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22 Jump Street (2014)
  • Time: 100 min
  • Genre: Action | Comedy | Crime
  • Directors: Phil Lord, Chris Miller
  • Cast: Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Ice Cube

Storyline:

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.

5 reviews

  • It is rare for a sequel to be better then the original even when the original isn’t original. Here Tatum and Hill go to college to solve a crime. There are a couple of surprises that don’t surprise but the effort is there.

    They aren’t Butch and Sundance but the leads seem comfortable together. They had a bigger budget then the previous and it shows on the screen in the form of locations, stunts and extras. There are enough laughs and some action. If they took out the “F” bombs it would be a silent movie.

    If you are a looking for a summer popcorn movie this is for you. It’s a tad long. The end credits predicting plenty of sequels is fun. This will hang around theaters for many weeks and have a good run on other platforms.

  • What I liked about 22 Jump Street was that it was confident. The writers knew it was the same movie, and they address it as often as possible. So yes, it’s the same movie, don’t get all critique about it. But, the jokes are so much better, and they don’t rely on dick jokes as much as they did in the first one. There’s not a lot of build up to the gags also, what happens, happens, and that’s awesome!

    The chemistry between Jonah and Channing is brilliant. They bounce off each other perfectly and I just can’t picture anyone else playing the dynamic duo. Ice Cube, who wasn’t in much of the first film, has a lot more screen time here. And his scenes are mainly filled with absolute hilarity! There’s one scene in the middle of the movie that involves him, will make you laugh so hard you might tear up a bit.

    The action sequences were well done, a whole lot more exciting than the first movie, the scale was bigger and the locations were better. It’s great movie with lots of laughs and a couple of hearty moments.

    I would say this is the funniest movie of the year so far and the funniest R movie this year!

  • Who does not remember the 80s? the writer of these lines not even lived into that decade, but we can score some nonsense that have passed to a better life. From the farce of Milli Vanilli (the great fraud ever) or the New Kids On The Block (Do you remember?), The Iran-gate or Star Wars (not the movie, the politics), some lousy B class movies, the ridiculous glorification of violence in “Red Dawn” with Charlie Sheen and “Scarface” with Al Pacino (where the protagonists say bombastic phrases for the viewer to memorize their lines, become heroes last minute thanks to the improbable stupidity of the script last minute, so the viewer justifies and applauds that the protagonists carry imposible weapons and kill hundreds. Patrick Swayze and Charlie Sheen killing Soviets and still be adolescent heartthrobs? Al Pacino saving children in a car explosion and killing hundreds soldiers that were are not detected previously’); to juvenile nonsense “Desperately Seeking Susan” with Madonna (where she finds a lost Nefertiti rings… located in the U.S. Who says Americans can not import foreign culture?) Want More? Among all this crap the series “21 Jump Street” where undercover cops in a school faced juvenile problems and offenders, starring Johnny Deep. As it was a series for teenagers, sometimes was covered with some pseudo-important issues concerning how to talk to teens such as AIDS or early pregnancy. Also “Lizzie McGuire” once spoke of anorexia; however these merits can not save them to be artifacts of its time, in the case of “21 Jump Street” an artifact of the days of the Reagan administration. So reboot by Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill was very popular and accepted despite having nothing to see with the original sitcom. It was a film adapted to modern times, living the now

    Considering that the film was peeled from the ghost of the series, is not entirely coincidental make the joke to change the title to “22 Jump Street” beyond being a continuation. In fact, this sequel feels slightly less fun than its predecessor, and sentimentality here is more trivial. Perhaps the problem affecting the film is that it has moved to the college, which is more caught up in the American brightness of the topics about college guys, living endless parties with alcohol, resembling “Neighbors” featured Seth Rogen this year.

    The film repeats exactly the pattern of the first part, both the story and implementation; therefore one can conclude that “22 Jump Street” is a bad movie which you laugh (like an apology, here the film parodies about the second parts). So, since it ends up being better than other failed buddy movie experiments eg “2Guns” or “The Heat”. As mentioned above, the film may suffer some standardization and American gloss, humor and excess verbiage that only they might like it. Fortunately, the script still emphasizes do see the protagonists as two losers, so the jokes are channeled in that direction. Mean, all Tatum and Hill do is funny for their level of stupidity and nothing else. They can make even sexual or insulting jokes and yet still looking like losers instead of pandering like Rogen or MacFarlane. Plus the now undeniable charisma in the two main characters, being totally misplaced Ice Cube that is a great rapper but acts very bad, just knows to open his mouth and puts his lips into contorted ways (eg the dinner scene, which is pathetic for this actor)

    And like the first part, the film threatens to be more sympathetic than hilarious, but as time passes the movie improves considerably. Jokes with Rob Riggle lack of grace and are faceless, but other scenes like the lysergic world of the two characters under the influence of drugs are actually very good (another joke “inspired” from the first part). And when they come to Puerto Rico (here say is Mexico…), “22 Jump Street” becomes pure fun delirium. True, Puerto Rico is delineated like a kind of “Spring Breakers” (according to americans, these small countries are pure joy and dancing…), but it’s fun into this context. However, you should not expect anything from the main argument, which is overloaded with coincidences and revelations of last moment. “22 Jump Street” only cares about comedy, though it must be said in its favor that the ending is not harsh unlike “Neighbors” where Zac Efron is punished living as a beggar on the street with his muscular body (which sounds excessive for a college fool who only bothered his neighbor). Surely, there must be some lost fans in the world of the original series “21 Jump Street” who will say this is an abomination. Cynic! Not everything works, but as it goes, “22 Jump Street” is becoming a great crap comedy, and a guilty pleasures for everyone else [PS: perhaps it was intentional, but at one point the two main protagonists say they are tired of this sh#t, which is a popular phrase from “Lethal Weapon”].

  • The boys from Jump Street are back and this time they’re going to college. They go back undercover to do the ‘exact same thing as last time’, but will they be as successful as last time? The reboot of 21 Jump Street was fantastic and when 22 Jump Street was announced there was excitement all around, but the question is would they be able to be as successful as first time round?

    What this film is great at is its humour, 21 Jump Street was funny from start to finish, 22 Jump Street stuttered at the start with over-the-top childish humour. It starts off well with Jenko’s (Channing Tatum) hatred for improvisation, but quickly turns stupid. Once it gets into the film what was loved first time around comes out and it becomes a laugh out loud film. What they do best is with their ability to make fun of themselves, from subtle jokes about peoples names, to films the main cast have made. They see current culture and take full advantage of it. It’s smartly written, even if it does appear childish from time to time.

    They love to make the point they are doing the same thing as last time (while be very different) and it can become a bit repetitive, both by doing similar things but also hearing it over and over again, but again it’s well written and every moment has its reasons. The formula is practically…
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  • 22 Jump Street 6.5/10- I loved 21 Jump Street to say the least, it is one of the funniest movies I have ever seen. Needless to say, I had pretty high hopes for 22 Jump Street. I was satisfied with the results, not overly impressed, but satisfied with the sequel. While 22 Jump Street suffers from sequel prone receptiveness, it still delivers on good humor, a well enough thought out plot, and solid chemistry from the lead actors: Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill.

    Even though this film says that it is basically doing the same exact stuff in the first one, if you do a joke a second time, it is almost never as funny as the first. The Hangover Part II definitely told everyone that. I get that sending youngish looking cops into a school demands some of the same routine, but I was expecting at the very least a different approach on it. Now, they did do a different approach on some of the routine, but if the director did this for all of it, the movie would have benefitted. I also believe that this film lost some of the concepts that made it so hilarious to begin with. The main one being that Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill are just regular cops, not a couple of James Bonds where every little thing can cause an explosion. They played this well in the first film, but it seems like they forgot about it in the second film. There was other little stuff that bugged me, but that comes with every movie. The only other thing that I would have changed was the ending credits scene, which was funny, but over-extended.

    I thought the casting for this film was really done well. Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill have such great chemistry together that it is hard not to laugh when they are together. Ice Cube is an easy pick for an angry captain and plays it very nicely.

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