Revolving around pretty much the exact same plot as 21 Jump Street, undercover cops Morton Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Gregory Jenko (Channing Tatum) are back to their usual antics, only this time posing as college students in order to infiltrate the supplier of a new fad drug.
Unlike many other comedy sequels that often fall in to the habit of rehashing and overdoing old content (Anchorman 2) 22 Jump Street surprisingly manages to stay fresh with a healthy amount of plot twists, new character dynamics and awkward sexual encounters.
Even more impressive was the films effortless ability to break the fourth wall, and acknowledge all the ridiculous plot holes that the audience was surely thinking. In one way or another, all the questionable elements to the narrative, such as Hill and Tatum’s increasing age, its identical nature to 21 Jump Street, and the films “22 Jump Street” title were all brought to the forefront, and mocked religiously.
A special accolade must be given to actress Jillian Bell, who with her strawberry blonde hair, girl next-door outfits and Daria like attitude managed to steal every scene she shows up in – most memorably when she likens Jonah Hill’s sexual climax to “a 30 year old sprinkler going off for the first time.”
In all 22 Jump Street is definitely a film worth seeing if you’re a fan of the first installment. Even though the plots are almost identical, 22 Jump Street breaks away at all the right places, with enough character development; big budget explosions and surprise cameos that are sure to keep you laughing long after the credits have finished.
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