Verdict: 4 / 5
They’re not 21 anymore. Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) are back! At the end of 21 Jump Street we were left with the hope and potential promise of a sequel with two of the most lawless and outrageous cops who formed an unlikely partnership – and they delivered, more than delivered.
This was a rare occasion when the sequel did not suck. Not only did it not suck, it was even better than the first instalment. More action, more crotch jokes, and even more badass weapons.
The Koreans have taken back the church, as well as Korean Jesus. But the Jump Street division, with a bigger budget and investment from the police department (thanks Deputy Chief Hardy aka Ron Swanson), have bought another abandoned church across the street. 22 Jump Street.
With Ice Cube recurring his role as Captain Dickson – and given more screen time – he doesn’t fail to curse with every other word – Samuel L Jackson would be proud. The movie begins with a “Previously on” scene of flash backs, recapping all the mayhem, explosions, and that awkward place the last drug supplier got shot.
The two, as prophesised, go undercover at a college after the death of a student from a new drug – sound familiar. “Infiltrate the dealer, find the supplier”. The bromance is tested again when ‘Doug’ (Schmidt) and ‘Brad’ (Jenko) fit into different college stereotypes. Jenko becomes the ultimate frat boy, while Schmidt is left out and connects with the bohemian art scene. But fear not, this is not the average-predictable guy movie; 22 Jump Street has some serious plot twists and one of the funniest fight scenes, as well as a male friendship that may bring tears to your eyes.
Jonah’s hilarious witty comments are not to be missed, as well as Channing becoming some sort of parkour/ Spiderman god. This movie is seriously one of the best comedies of the year, making you literally LOL from the beginning to the credits. Heads up, if you are sensitive to crude language and sexual gestures, you are warned – but for everyone else over the age of 16 watch this movie!