Review: 22 Jump Street (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) when they go deep undercover at a local college. But when Jenko meets a kindred spirit on the football team, and Schmidt infiltrates the bohemian art major scene, they begin to question their partnership. Now they don’t have to just crack the case – they have to figure out if they can have a mature relationship. If these two overgrown adolescents can grow from freshmen into real men, college might be the best thing that ever happened to them. – via IMDB

Well, the boys are back for a second outing, and I have been looking forward to this for months, since I saw the first one. I was duly rewarded for my wait, too!

22 jump street we're back

It played relentlessly on the fact that it was not about to offer up anything new.

22 jump street do the same thing

Getting into some more ludicrous situations.

22 jump street octopus attack

Definitely still have the moves!

22 jump street dancing

This whole argument of Jenko was just a thing of beauty… though by the end of it they had to run away, anyway!

22 jump street danger

Dickson was really not a fan of Schmidt. Ever.

22 jump street dickson throwing up

The inability to even co-ordinate a door correctly.

22 jump street door fail

The inability of these two to think through what they say or how they demonstrated has not changed much at all.

22 jump street burst through our ceiling

Their little bromance was hitting a snag again.

22 jump street psychology

They might be making the realisation that they aren’t as young as they used to be anymore.

22 jump street returning to college

The epic prepare to kick ass.

22 jump street spring break motherfucker Jenko growing up… 22 jump street want something more

Getting roped into another hairy situation by Schmidt – Jenko cannot win.

22 jump street improvising

The extremely expensive getaway chase.

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GRADE 7Now, as much fun as I had with this, I cannot deny that it just didn’t tickle my fancy on the same level that 21 Jump Street did. Not to say that it wasn’t funny, because it was, it just wasn’t that amazing. The humour was great, I mean especially with Jenko’s reaction to the predicament between Schmidt and Dickson, I seriously could not stop laughing, that kicked it for me good and proper. Probably because, even though I saw it happening that way, my reaction was so similar to Jenko’s. It was not afraid to be itself, and it made jabs at the fact that it is just like its predecessor – and you know what? That doesn’t hurt it at all! Naturally Hill and Tatum are still working their bromance wonderfully, and these two are just hilarious to watch together. Sequels are usually not an easy thing to pull off, and ultimately end in disappointment, but the same cannot be said of the Jump Street films so far. They know exactly what they are, and work it to their advantage. Do not go into this thinking you are going to get some life changing event or an entire revamp of the franchise, because you will most certainly be in for a disappointment. However, if you want more of the same you got in 21 Jump Street, you have come to the right place. Instead of working against it, like it should, in all theory, you have a lot of fun and a lot of laughs once again. I loved some of the other humour in it, like Dickson’s office being a cube of ice (hehehe, small things, I know). The supporting cast was great again, which is nice. Overall, a good time if you are looking for decent comedy, which has become extremely rare, 22 Jump Street provides the good laughs and a show worth going back to at some stage.

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27 thoughts on “Review: 22 Jump Street (2014)

  1. table9mutant says:

    I’m surprised the rating is quite a bit lower than for the first one – I think I rated them about the same and even found this one a little more funny, although not as good storywise. If this had had Brie Larson, I’d definitely have liked this more. Nice reviews of these! But I’ll always prefer the TV show (which was so NOT a comedy. lol) 🙂

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    • Zoë says:

      Yeah it is quite a bit lower. While I enjoyed it, it just didn’t tick the boxes quite the same as 21 Jump Street, and I preferred the story of the last significantly more. Hahahaha! I don’t think I ever watched the show, but I have been meaning to.

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  2. theipc says:

    Dearest Prudence,

    I think we all feel the same about this thing. If there hadn’t been a first one this would have been hilariously fresh but it’s the same thing (and it knows it). I did get some good laughs and the end sequence was pretty classic. Very nice!

    Love,

    PSC

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  3. thomasjford says:

    I’ve got a review of this due this week. I wasn’t a fan to be honest. The first one was great, and whilst this had the odd moment, it was no where near in the same league unfortunately. Nice one though Zoe.

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  4. Ryan says:

    Nice one, Zoe. Unlike you, though, I enjoyed this one quite a bit more than the first one. I like how much bigger it felt and the action was just over-the-top enough that it worked well with the comedy.

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    • Zoë says:

      Thanks Ryan! Glad to hear you enjoyed it so much! It truly had some great moments, I just preferred the first. I have read a few people who liked this one more. Ah, the action did work with that so well! 🙂

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  5. caragale says:

    So glad to see you liked this one, too, lady! I agree–it’s funny, but it’s not quite on the same level as the first. But yaaasss that scene in Dickson’s office! That scene is glorious. I also loved all the “sequels” at the end of the movie. Nice work once again, Zoe! These gifs are magical. 🙂

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