Tuesday, June 10, 2014

22 Jump Street

Releases June 13th, 2014
1 hr 52 mins
Rated R


Director: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller


Jonah Hill as Morton Schmidt
Channing Tatum as Greg Jenko
Peter Stormare as The Ghost
Ice Cube as Capt. Dickson
Amber Stevens as Maya
Nick Offerman as Deputy Chief Hardy
Dave Franco as Eric Molson
Rob Riggle as Mr. Walters
Wyatt Russell as Zook
Jillian Bell as Mercedes
Marc Evan Jackson as a couples counselor
The Lucas Brothers as Keith & Kenny Yang
Jimmy Tatro as Rooster
Eddie J. Fernandez as Scarface

Review by Stephen M.

22 Jump Street, the sequel to 21 Jump Street starring Jonah Hill as Morton Schmidt and Channing Tatum as Greg Jenko brings a lot of what we saw in the first film back.  So much so that even the characters themselves acknowledges that that case is virtually the same in the movie aside from them now being undercover in college as supposed to high school.  While you may get the sense of deja vu a lot in the sequel, the jokes overall are better making for a better film.

While I still have an affinity for the original television series with Johnny Depp, Channing and Jonah are definitely made for the characters they are playing.  Likable and hilarious in their own ways, their characters would have been great in a Twins (1988) remake showing the contrast yet strong bond they share.  Besides the two leads I also love the Yang brothers played by the Lucas brothers.  I wished they had more of a role in the story.  Wyatt Russell as Zook, the college quarterback and main suspect in the film also does a great job in his role.  

Besides the cops, Dave Franco and Rob Riggle reprise their role with one of the funnier scenes in the movie.  Some of my other favorite scenes include when Jonah Hill's character faces off with Jillian Bell's towards the end, and Jenko coming to the realization of who Maya (Amber Stevens) is.  Sadly, Depp and DeLuise don't make a cameo this time around, but another original TV cast member does.  

Overall, I would recommend watching this film if you're a fan of the first.  If you're not a fan, then you probably won't like this as it's basically more of the same.  The film will have you laughing, but at times you'll find yourself bored with the fact that most of the film is pretty much a carbon copy of the first.  Sure if it isn't broken then don't fix it.  But by using the same mold, are the filmmaker geniuses or just being lazy and pushing out the same product with a different label?  Watch it and decide for yourself.  For me there's enough to enjoy and laugh about that makes you forget about all that.


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