Movie Review: “22 Jump Street”

Odd couple Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum bring the laughs in the comedy sequel “22 Jump Street.”
By Roger Moore, MCT Information Services Published: June 13, 2014

You’re pretty much going to have to see “22 Jump Street” twice — just to catch all the jokes the roars of laughter make you miss.

No kidding, when this buddy cop parody hits its sweet spots — bromance gags carried to hilarious extremes by Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, too-dumb-to-be-a-cop riffs by Tatum and a couple of vintage, sneering rants by Ice Cube — “22,” the sequel to “21,” only “exactly the same” as the first film (a running gag), becomes a “see it again on Netflix when I can hear it all” experience.

This comedy produces the biggest, loudest laughs of any movie this summer.

Undercover cops Jenko and Schmidt are sent off to M.C. State University to track down a new designer drug that college kids are using to help them focus. It’s called “WhyPhy.”

The cops try to blend in by doing slam poetry, by pledging a frat, attending classes that are out of their dimwitted depth, hitting parties and asking around about the drug and this coed who died because of something she knew about it.

Ice Cube, making the most of just few scenes, lands more laughs with a scowl or three than he has in his last five pictures.

And Tatum and Hill take their characters’ relationship to the next level of bromance, toying with the idea of “an open … investigation,” learning from their human sexuality class how inappropriate each can be.

Hill scores with an epic girl fight and a blast of slam poetry. Tatum is comically convincing as a walk-on superstar tight end for the football team, and a parkour-loving jock who climbs walls, and finds a new BFF in an Owen Wilson-look-alike quarterback (Wyatt Russell).

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MOVIE REVIEW

‘22 JUMP STREET’

R 1:52 3 stars

Starring: Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Ice Cube, Amber Stevens, Jillian Bell, The Lucas Brothers, Peter Stormare. (Language throughout, sexual content, drug material, brief nudity and some violence)

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