22 Jump Street (2014)

By: The Cinephiliac (A Toast) –
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When 22 Jump Street’s Deputy Chief Hardy (Nick Offerman) eloquently and ever so dryly explains the nature of the impending follow up case to his officers Morton Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Greg Jenko (Channing Tatum), he does so by saying that no one expected 21 Jump Street to be a hit. It was a reboot of an old, nearly forgotten television series from the 1980s whose claim to fame was a young and rebellious Johnny Depp. However, 21 Jump Street became a sleeper hit and one hell of a pleasant surprise to all of those ballsy enough to see it in its opening weekend.

Combining a mixture of wit, low-brow jokes, drug humor, and Channing Tatum’s jaw-dropping comedic chops, 21 Jump Street not only exceeded expectations, but in the process shook up the course of direction for future sequels and reboots. 22 Jump Street is no different. Through a self-reflexive script that uses its loud, opinionated voice to poke fun at the nature of franchises, 22 Jump Street is bigger, louder, and smarter than the original. A bit funnier too.

Schmidt and Jenko are fresh off the 21 Jump Street case where they investigated and closed a drug distribution deal. With the success of their undercover operation and the failure of a current, ongoing one, the duo gets reassigned to a brand new undercover case unit, 22 Jump Street. With the same boss (Ice Cube) and a virtually identical case as the last, Jenko and Schmidt are expected to produce carbon copies of the results that made their first case a hit. However, while returning to their roles as brothers Brad and Doug McQuaid, Schmidt and Jenko learn that you can’t force a situation to be the same as before since with time comes change, and a larger budget. The two partners must also confront their own personal demons and the roles within their relationship as well as their own fates of sequel-dom.

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Bad Boys 2 wishes it had this much swag

A Toast

Let’s face it, sequels usually suck. They’re mostly half-assed attempts to capitalize off the original format and success of their predecessors. Luckily enough 22 Jump Street is fully aware of this, thus playing with the notion throughout the entire film. This time around, the story is more of a parody than the first and the script is much more conscious of its budget, expectations, and ridiculous nature, making 22 Jump Street just as good, if not better, than the original. There’s a simplistic brilliance prominent in 22 Jump Street that is owed to screenwriters Michael Bacall, Oren Uziel, and Rodney Rothman, whom all incorporate a fair share of moments complete with quick comedic timing and extensive attention to detail. Directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller explicitly channel their inner Zuckers and Abrahams to capture comedic moments through a familiar style that is extensive in its perfectly choreographed shots. Though familiar, Lord and Miller also instill a unique style to 22 Jump Street, giving a cartoon-like feel to the shenanigans that Jenko and Schmidt find themselves in. Through the directorial duos’ creative eyes and fluid momentum, quick cuts reveal strategically placed moments of quality humor, and throughout the film viewers are treated to Easter egg type scenes that beg for future replays; like a hilarious Annie Hall scene reference or an awesome shot of Schmidt getting his balls tazed.

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Fuck you doves!

Verdict

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The humor of 21 Jump Street transcends that of the first as the creative forces behind 22 Jump Street prove their talents as actors, writers, and directors. 22 Jump Street feels more comfortable in its own self-deprecating, senselessly humorous skin, which allows for scenes like a fist fight between a man and woman riddled with awkward sexual tension as well as the strategic placement of penises throughout to remind viewers of that crude, college humor that never gets old. But aside from all the jokes and dicks, a much deeper angle of the relationship between Schmidt and Jenko is explored when a new prospect makes his way into the duo’s lives. Each characters own flaws are poked and prodded for the other partner to see and their relationship is stretched enough to test their elasticity and to see if their covalent bond can be disturbed. Between the slew of awesome guest appearances, the tight focus on story, and the massive twists and turns, 22 Jump Street stands proudly as a contender against the original.

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$60 Million in the first week for a rated- R film. Fuck you How to Train Your Dragon 2.

Drinking Game

Take a Drink: for every character, major or minor, from the first that makes an appearance.

Take a Drink: for every dick seen or mentioned

Chug: during every “jinx” moment happens.

Take a Drink: during every binge drinking moment.

About The Cinephiliac

Twenty-something film reviewer, social critic, and cultural analyst searching for a place in the sun. Movieboozer is a humor website and drinking games are intended for entertainment purposes only, please drink responsibly.

One comment

  1. In glad to hear the film is a great follow up. Will watch!

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