2012’s 21 Jump Street was a well-reviewed comedy starring Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill about two friends who join the police force and go undercover at a high school to stop the spread of a new illegal drug. It was based on the 1980’s TV show of same name that also helped launch the career of Johnny Depp. 21 Jump Street has made a little over $200,000,000 at the box office world wide.
This Friday the 21 Jump Street sequel 22 Jump Street opens in theaters and it is getting even better reviews than the original flick.
John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter: “For once, cranking out a play-it-safe sequel yields something satisfying.”
Ethan Alter, Film Journal International: “Why fix what isn’t broken? 22 Jump Street is, for a very specific reason, the exact same movie as its predecessor, and for once that isn’t a criticism.”
Scott Foundas, Variety “22 Jump Street hits far more often than it misses, and even when it misses by a mile, the effort is so delightfully zany that it’s hard not to give Lord and Miller an “A” for effort.”
Nick de Semylen, Empire: “Rare is the film that understands the pleasures of letting an enraged Ice Cube take out his wrath on an all-you-can-eat buffet. And which other blockbuster in 2014 would interrupt its climactic car chase to lob in a gag about Benny Hill?”
It sounds like from the early reviews that 22 Jump Street succeeds because it knows what it is – a zany summer popcorn buddy comedy – and isn’t trying to be anything else. Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum have both enjoying a ton of success over the last few years. Hill has recently appeared in The Wolf of Wall Street, This is the End, and Moneyball. In two of those films (Wall Street and Moneyball) he was nominated for an academy award as best supporting actor. Tatum’s recent work includes Foxcatcher (which recently won the best director prize at this years Cannes Film Festival), White House Down, and Magic Mike. He is also a star of Jupiter Ascending which was going to also open this summer but has been pushed back to early next year.
22 Jump Street was directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, who also directed 21 Jump Street, and opens in theaters this Friday.