Director: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller
Writers: Michael Bacall, Oren Uziel, Rodney Rothman
Stars: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube, Jillian Bell, Wyatt Russell, Amber Stevens, Nick Offerman
My Rating: ★★★★ 4 out of 5 Stars.
Few comedies have made me laugh as much as 22 Jump Street. It is one of the most consistently funny comedies I’ve seen in a long time. We all know that 9/10 times, movie sequels aren’t necessary. 22 Jump Street just goes to show that even though it wasn’t a necessary sequel, it has as much to give as the original. With the comedic timing and excellent improv of Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, this is the kind of movie that should appeal to every fan of modern comedy.
The great thing about this movie is that it embraces the fact that the plot is almost exactly like its predecessor, 21 Jump Street. It’s kind of like a “same sh*t, different jokes,” formula, and it worked so damn well. They did fantastic at the box-office with 21 Jump Street; so, basically they kept the same story (looking for drugs), but set it in college. There’s the plot. Officers Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) are pretending to be college students in order to investigate who is dealing a mysterious new drug that makes you study super hard for 4 hours, then be super high after that.
The comedy worked so well for me. I attribute that to many things. One is that it doesn’t take itself seriously. It doesn’t pretend to be anything other than a simple, shocking little comedy. I assume that’s why it looked like everyone had so much fun making the movie. The joy that emanates from this film is so infectious. Hill and Tatum have perfect comedic chemistry together, and the sh*t they say had me roaring with laughter. The person that stole the show for me was the taunting, cruel Mercedes, played by Jillian Bell. I found myself laughing hardest at her lines and facial expressions.
I found almost every sequence in this movie hilarious. A huge chunk of those can be attributed to the perfect comedic timing of Jillian Bell. Another huge chunk of the laughs came from none other than Ice Cube, who plays Captain Dickinson (Schmidt and Jenko’s boss). There’s a particular sequence involving a discussion with Dickinson and Schmidt, in regards to his daughter. The whole cinema was in tears from laughing so much. I was nearly on the floor laughing. A movie hasn’t done that to me since 2013’s Bad Grandpa. The whole supporting cast was terrific. This movie shows how comedic timing is everything (which is something many Judd Apatow films are lacking these days).
Now for the big question… Is this movie worth buying a ticket for? Well, if you love modern comedy, then it’s a hellacious yes! I loved it so much, I’ll buy the DVD. During the credits, they do a spoof of making more and more Jump Street sequels. While I know they were making fun of doing a “same sh*t, different jokes” approach again, I’d definitely still go and see it. If the possible new sequels are anything like 22 Jump Street, then it would be worth the price of the ticket.