22 Jump Street is a sequel to 21 Jump Street based of the late 80’s TV show of the same name. Up until three months ago I had never seen the 21 Jump Street movie. The previews didn’t seem interesting and I assumed, somewhat rightly so, it would be just another over-the-top, crass comedy. Crass or not, I found myself laughing out loud throughout the entire film. This, coupled with some whispers that the sequel is better than the original, got me somewhat excited for 22 Jump Street.
22 Jump Street is 21 Jump Street the college years. Just as Saved by the Bell the College years took the original formula and ran with it, so 22 Jump Street ran with the formula of the original. The difference? 22 Jump Street is keenly aware that it’s ripping off itself.
After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt and Jenko when they go deep undercover at a local college to find source of a new drug called “WhyPhy” ( Work hard? yes, Play hard? Yes). – IMDB.
This is a very self-aware movie making jokes throughout letting the audience know everything they are seeing they have seen before. Sad, but true. Aside from the setting and a “two” 22 Jump Street is a total rehash of the first movie. Shockingly.. this works to their advantage. I laughed a lot in this movie, I felt the points of tension, I enjoyed the use of physical comedy and self-aware humor. More importantly, I cared about the odd relationship between Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, and Ice Cube. Sure, their relationships are over-the-top, but I think we all have odd relationships in our lives that somehow work.
I enjoyed 22 Jump Street a lot. However, I would not recommend it to many. My brother asked me about it last night and asked if it was funny, I said “Yes, very.” Then he asked if our mother would like it “Probably not,” I replied. There are enough curse words, jokes related to genitalia to turn off most people. For a full content breakdown checked out the Plugged in Online review. For that reason I will say this: If you saw and enjoyed the first movie, you will love this movie. I saw it with a theater full of people who were on board from scene one. If you didn’t want to watch the first movie, or did and did not like it, skip this, you’re basically seeing the same thing anyway.
If you do go, please let me know your thoughts below. Also, stay for the credits!
Review in a Tweet
“Hilarious, self-aware humor. Same jokes, new flair, still crass. Fan of 21? See 22! Otherwise, skip it. Stay for Credits.” #christorenet
Turned off by the trailer? Don’t see the movie.