Review: 22 Jump Street

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“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.”

Here we have another sequel going for the one up….so, does it? Well for the short answer no, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that this movie is funny, very funny. That fact this movie is a sequel is even very well made fun of by the movie itself, and the ability to make fun of itself is a good thing here as it adds another layer of humor to things. Both of the main characters here have great chemistry and their timing of jokes off of each other is great. This is also probably the funniest Ice Cube has ever been, in anything, and he truly adds some very memorable scenes. So why do I say it doesn’t live up to its 21 street predecessor? Even with the nods to the repetitiveness of sequels on a whole, the film still does sometimes feel a little been there done that. There is also a bit of a slowdown in the middle of the film, but then the end of movie does ramp it right back up. This movie also does have one of the best used end credit sequences, that allowed for the addition of a lot of laughs and a lot of fun (there is an after credit scene here so stick around if you can). Channing and Jonah are really a great match, and it’s great to see that they can also identify and play off both their similarities and their differences in the movie which adds a nice sense of personality to it and less of a you could have used any character here vibe. So overall this movie is definitely worth seeing, and by itself is more than a good comedy. It can’t quite live up the heights of 21 Jump Street, but the self-awareness of the movie is very refreshing and its no doubt another addiction to the great summer of movies for 2014.

Review Score : 7 out of 10

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