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22 Jump Street

22 Jump Street
A review by C J Dee
  • Director: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller
  • Starring: Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Ice Cube, Peter Stormore, Wyatt Russell, Amber Stevens
  • Other notable appearances: Nick Offerman, Richard Grieco, Anna Faris, Seth Rogen, Dave Franco, Bill Hader, Patton Oswalt
  • Running time: 112 minutes
  • Watch this if you liked: 21 Jump Street (2012), Bad Neighbours, Horrible Bosses, The Hangover, Lethal Weapon
  • Rating: 3.5/5

Schmidt (Hill) and Jenko (Tatum) are at it again! After a smuggled exotic animals bust goes awry, the duo are sent back to Jump Street to do what they do best – undercover student assignment!

This time around the partners need to bust the distributor of a hot new college drug while struggling with the distance that is widening between them.

I’m going to be honest with you, dear reader, because you deserve it and because I like my credibility intact. I didn’t laugh once during the original 21 Jump Street (2012). I saw it in the cinemas and have not seen it since. It was a decent movie, but it wasn’t something I found chuckalicious.

‘But why are you telling us this? Aren’t you supposed to be reviewing 22 Jump Street?’ I hear you ask. You’re absolutely right but, you see, here is the reason I am telling you this, dear reader – I laughed during 22 Jump Street. I laughed a LOT during 22 Jump Street. It hit the nail on the head of my figurative funny bone (because literally hitting a funny bone, let alone with a nail, is in not funny in any way, shape or form).

There were a considerable number of puns; a large number of pop culture references to other movies; a not-so-subtle play on words using a major cast member’s name; and a subtle nod to Tatum’s film White House Down.

22 Jump Street is one of the most reference-filled films I have ever seen that is not a straight-up parody movie. Some of the references and jokes did feel disjointed and as if they were square pegs hammered into a round hole but, generally speaking, the comedy flowed well with the story.

The chemistry between Tatum, Hill and even Ice Cube is evident throughout the movie, contributing greatly to the improvement of 22 Jump Street from 21 Jump Street.

The plot of 22 Jump Street is similar in many ways to the plot of 21 Jump Street and is predictable in many ways. However, the similarities are often ridiculed within the movie itself and we could chalk predictability up to the fact that it’s not supposed to be a spoiler-filled suspense movie – it’s supposed to make you laugh.

If you want a fun bromance/buddy-cop movie to chill out with while eating some popcorn and a choc top, I would recommend giving 22 Jump Street a go. Don’t go in expecting to see Oscar winning material, expect to see a giant pink dildo and you’ll be fine.

Nalini is an award-winning writer and artist as well as managing editor of Dark Matter Zine.


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