22 Jump Street (2014)
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. 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.
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It's not too often when a sequel achieves the heights of a successful predecessor but this one really does. Recommended: If you found 21 amusing, this one will hit the same heights in laughs.
Most of the comedy in '22 Jump Street (2014)' comes from some stellar sequel satirisation, with a fairly smart layer of meta-textual commentary coming across as slightly more than just 'hanging a lantern' on the numerous issues plaguing the piece due to its follow-up nature (though only just). Its never as good as the first mainly because it is so similar to it, never repetitive in itself but causing major déjà vu within the series and never quite making up for it with its knowing jokes, but it is an entertaining and funny flick throughout that will surely keep you smiling. 7/10
Well you may think this here is pure Hollywood formulaic comedy onanism that barely holds up a framework to merely work a quick plot, a couple of processed jokes and mix it up in the right convenient format with regards to length/acting/politics etc...And there's certainly a part of that, but this one here is actually well built and worth a watch. The management and resolution of suspense about who the bad guy really is for instance is really good, and it is as everything else in the flick: it doesn't take itself seriously, while still being well crafted.A couple of gags are a bit overcooked, and it isn't laugh out loud funny the whole time, but some moments are well worth the time ("do you like weather ?"), the secondary characters are very good, the action scenes are original and fresh and don't have that feeling of instant boredom as they only start like most action movies over the last decade, it's got very good pace and doesn't feel stretched or stale at any moment. And of course there's a good little moral woven throughout and at the end, and all in all it may beat the first.Good stuff. A deserved 7.5/10.
Though I liked the performances of Tatum and Hill (they have really great chemistry), it really feels like more of the same as in the first film. There is also a really tired bro-mance plot that really outstays its welcome in the first 30 minutes. It's like they recycled the plot for I Love You, Man but with more shooting.Also, there are tons of actors who are wasted in cameos and small supporting parts only so we can recognize them and say: "Oh, they got Richard Grieco to participate" or "Look! There's Nick Offerman again."There is one hilarious scene involving Tatum having a grand time about a twist involving Hill and the captain. It just seems like a little too much like sitcom style humor.So, there is not much to recommend here, although I did like the end with all of the fake sequel titles.