L-r, Ice Cube, Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill star in Columbia Pictures' "22 Jump Street"

22 Jump Street: It's Exactly the Same

22 Jump Street, starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, is not quite exactly the same as it’s predecessor.

Phil Lord & Christopher Miller direct the movie from a screenplay written by Michael Bacall and Oren Uziel and Rodney Rothman. Bacall teamed up with Hill to come up with the story idea for the sequel.

Hill and Tatum are joined by Peter Stormare, Wyatt Russell, Amber Stevens, Jillian Bell, and Ice Cube. Also starring are Keith Lucas, Kenny Lucas, Nick Offerman, Jimmy Tatro, Caroline Aaron, Craig Roberts, and Marc Evan Jackson. Rob Riggle and Dave Franco make a cameo appearance.

Unlike other sequels, 22 Jump Street makes fun of the fact that it is exactly that: a sequel. The first film was about the duo forming a relationship but this new one is about it must take to make that relationship last. In looking at it, they were able to keep things fresh unlike the second Hangover film. The whole “it’s exactly the same” is a running gag, which doesn’t fail to get laughs whenever it comes up.

There’s a whole chase seen on campus but the running gag is the budget because of all the destruction going on around them. What makes it ridiculous is that Tatum and Hill are driving in a football helmet car as the bad guys chase them at full speed in a Hummer.

Ice Cube’s Captain Dickson gets more screen time this time around and he steals every scene that he’s in. This time, he’s a more well-rounded character.

After making their way through high school for a second time, Officers Schmidt and Jenko go undercover once more. This time, they go undercover in college since Jenko’s suggestion of joining the Secret Service and protecting the White House was thrown out immediately. This time around, unlike in high school, the budget is bigger.

Unfortunately, the Jump Street project has moved across the street to 22 Jump Street as the Koreans bought their church back. But they’ll be across the street next time…in the condominiums, I am sure of it.

As they investigate this new drug, WHYPHY, Jenko bonds with a a kindred spirit, Zook (Wyatt Russell) on the football team while Schmidt infiltrates the art scene and starts hanging out with Maya (Amber Stevens). This forces them to question their partnership–which puts the investigation in jeopardy.

If college is able to mature them at all, it just might be the best thing that happened.

Stay for the trailers during the credits. They poke fun at the crazy amount of sequels as Captain Dickson gives Schmidt and Jenko their newest assignments–some which feature some other names in the comedy scene. There are commercials for upcoming video games, toys, and cartoons.

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