Directors: Phil Lord and Christopher Miller
Writers: Michael Bacall, Oren Uziel, Jonah Hill and Rodney Rothman
Cast: Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Ice Cube, Peter Stormare, Wyatt Russell, The Lucas Brothers, Jillian Bell and Dustin Nguyen as Vietnamese Jesus
“22 Jump Street” is a love letter to teen drama and cop show tropes. When the “Previously On” recap begins the film, you know that you’re back in a world that you never want to leave. That being said, if you’re expecting the action or action parody of the first movie, you’re going to be disappointed. This film is more of a look at world building in a vacuum defined by an innocuous money grab. “22 Jump Street” knows that it’s a crass money grab, as it pokes fun at the fact that it’s a sequel that barely changes details from the first film. I’ll put this out there, so it stays in everyone’s Ritalin addled memory. Stay throughout the end credits!
There’s something about a Mexican Peter Stormare playing the villain controlling the supply of Why Phy to MC State. Hell, why is it always designer drugs? Ice Cube almost reminds me of Frank Grimes, as he spends so much of his time trying to figure out why everything’s so stupid. Nick Offerman shows up for even less time than the first film, as he seems to play a marker that talks and reminds you of what you’re watching. Still, nothing works for me on the same level as Tatum saying “Fuck you, Brain” with the right amount of self defeat. It might be the saddest non cancer riddled teen moment in Summer 2014 Cinema.
What might possibly derail the film for some people is how reliant it is on dissecting macho bullshit. I buy Tatum and Hill as partners, as they have a chemistry that you rarely see onscreen. The problem is that you’ve got to break them for a time, so that everyone else has time to shine. That being said, it was also nice to see Jillian Belk steal scenes away from them. Jillian has proven that she has a career outside of The Dudes and living that Kirkland life. Spend the weekend watching this movie. Take your Dad or Dads, if that’s the way your life choice rolls.
RELEASE DATE: 06/13/2014