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'22 Jump Street': It's a repeat, but oh so fresh

By Wang DexianMovies - 19 June 2014 12:00 AM | Updated 21 June 2014

'22 Jump Street': It's a repeat, but oh so fresh

22 Jump Street

Our Rating

4/5 Stars

Drugs, parties, guns, cars and all-round general mayhem.

The 2012 movie ‘21 Jump Street’ was a rare case of a movie remake of a television series that worked. 

The cliches found in every genre of movies – spanning cops, action and high-school movies – were pounded by co-directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller.

It also gave birth to newfound, beloved comedic duo Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, who is surprisingly funny.

Now, the pair is back for the sequel, ‘22 Jump Street’. 

The movie picks up where ‘21 Jump Street’ left the unlikely heroes, Morton Schmidt (Hill) and Greg Jenko (Tatum).

Now full-fledged cops, the duo tries to bust a drug lord, Ghost (Peter Stormare), with their flashy new guns and muscle cop car, but mess up the operation. 

They are then assigned to undercover duty – in college. 

Returning to their Jump Street HQ (only to find their base on the opposite end of the street), the two bumbling cops are assigned a new case... or are they?

Captain Dickson (Ice Cube) gives them a case, where a student on campus was killed after taking a drug named “WHYPHY” (pronounced like “wifi”).

The movie is in many ways similar to its predecessor, save for a few tweaks.

And there lies its biggest joke.

THE JOKE IS ON THEM

While movie franchises such as ‘Austin Powers’ and ‘Scream’ have used self-references in very effective ways, ‘22 Jump Street’ takes it to a whole new level.

In what could be the most “meta” move in the history of meta-movies, the movie takes the idea that it is a completely needless sequel and uses that very notion to skewer itself mercilessly.

For example, the characters remark how similar the case is to the one in '21' on numerous occasions.

Of course, things aren't exact rehashes of the previous movie, though the callbacks are used to great effect.

If that doesn't already sound crazy, we’re happy to say that every little good thing that was great in ‘21’ is now even better in ‘22’. 

The humour is just as fresh, the stunts are crazier, and most importantly, cinema's greatest bromance between Jenko and Schmidt is more intense than ever. 

STAR OF THE SHOW

Hill delivers many laughs, but his best contribution is that he makes Tatum so much funnier, and Tatum truly becomes the star of the show.

Hill makes Tatum's dumb-jock act all the more hilarious, and makes the many physical feats Tatum performs that much more impressive.

The two actors are more confident as well, resulting in some of the most painful laughs we’ve had the pleasure of suffering in a cinema.

In this case, more of the same is really a good thing, and definitely outrageous.

To put it simply, ‘22 Jump Street’ is the T-1000 to the original Terminator of ‘21 Jump Street’. It's essentially the same awesome thing but improved and better. 

Make sure you stay through the end credits as well – it's absolutely worth it.

’22 Jump Street’ opens in cinemas 19 June 2014

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22 Jump Street
  • 22 Jump Street

    (2014)
  • Rated
    M18 /
    Genre
    Action, Comedy
  • Language
    Eng
  • (3 Reviews)