22 Jump Street Mimics First Movie: 3.5/4 Stars


     Partners in stopping crime, Officers Morton Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Greg Jenko (Channing Tatum) return to the screen in the sequel to the 2012 hit 21 Jump Street. After their successful high school operation, Schmidt and Jenko enroll in college to infiltrate a drug gang when a dangerous drug known as WHYPHY is introduced to a local college. Not only does this operation test whether Jenko and Schmidt will be able to recreate the success from their previous case, but it also tests the relationship between the two officers.

     I would have to say I really enjoyed watching 22 Jump Street. “Do the same thing as last time. Everyone’s happy.” This quote from the movie holds true because while 22 Jump Street basically had the same plot as its prequel, the writers were able to modify it enough to create an even funnier film. There were silly, childish jokes in every scene, which were enough to keep me giggling throughout the movie.

     One of the highlights of this movie is the bromance between Schmidt and Jenko, which is cleverly written to be like a romantic relationship. In addition, Schmidt’s college relationship made for some funny scenes. The movie concluded with a thrilling drug bust in Puerto Mexico over spring break.

     In addition to the clever writing and funny jokes, the actors were essential in this movie’s success. Lead actors Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum made a hilarious duo and had great chemistry with each other, as in the prequel. In addition, Ice Cube (Captain Dickson) played the role of an angry police captain, whose daughter was Schmidt’s love interest, well enough to create some of the most humorous scenes in the movie.

     Although I found 22 Jump Street to be hilarious, I have to note that the majority of the jokes are rather immature and vulgar, and consequently, the movie is definitely not appropriate for everyone. This comedy feeds off of dumb jokes and awkward moments, and is in no way a deep or meaningful film. However, 22 Jump Street did succeed in being the light-hearted comedy as it intended to be.

     This movie left audiences laughing from the start all the way through the end credits, making it one of the most memorable movies of the summer. If you liked 21 Jump Street, you will definitely enjoy its sequel.