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2014 Summer Movie Review: 22 Jump Street

Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill bring back the bromance in "22 Jump Street"

Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill bring back the bromance in “22 Jump Street”

“One particle of unobtainium has a nuclear reaction with a flux capacitor. Carry the two, changing its atomic isotoner into a radioactive spider. F*** you, science!”

That quote above, said by Greg Jenko from 21 Jump Street, has to be one of the funniest quotes in recent memory. That scene, alone, made me appreciate Channing Tatum as an actor. After the atrocity known as G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, I had no idea if his acting career would lead to anywhere. To my surprise, he got enough laughs from the audience – as well from co-star Jonah Hill – in one of the biggest surprises from 2012. Last time, we saw Jenko and Schmidt (Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill) go undercover as high school students.

In 22 Jump Street, the Korean church community recently bought the church on 21 Jump St. Deputy Chief Hardy (Nick Offerman, Parks & Recreation) assigns the duo to go across the street to a Catholic Church (owned by the Vietnamese) on 22 Jump St. Capt. Dickson (Ice Cube) assigns them to go undercover as college students to track down the supplier of the drug “WHYPHY” (WiFi). Then, hilarity ensues.

The sequel does have the same concept as its predecessor. Who cares if it’s that way? Directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (The LEGO Movie) are aware that they are using the same concept. That’s the beauty of what makes 22 Jump Street work. Unlike The Hangover: Part II, this movie brings enough energy to give the audience what they want. It literally blows every horrible sequel out of the water.

The movie makes fun of everything including action movies, television shows, college life, sequels, and the list goes on and on. The screening I went to consisted of about 100 people. There are plenty of scenes that had everybody rolling in the aisles from laughing so hard. The jokes are nonstop and timed perfectly. When I think about the movie, I can’t help but smile about the film’s most hilarious scenes.

Like with the first film, there are only very few issues. Particularly Ice Cube’s performance as the profane police captain Dickson. I’m not here to be racist, but he is funny in the beginning. By the end, his humor kind of dies down a little. Good thing Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill are there.

3.5/4

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