All sequels are not created equal. In fact, some are even better than the original. Although this cinematic miracle doesn’t occur often, such is the case with “22 Jump Street.” Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum are back and better than ever as Schmidt and Jenko.
The two cops go undercover again, this time at a local college to crack the case on Whyphy, a new drug that’s going around campus and already caused a student’s death. They’re sent to a church on 22 Jump Street where Vietnamese Jesus graces the church. These two are up to their old shenanigans until Jenko befriends a clingy football player that causes their case and friendship to unravel.
The long running joke throughout the film is that Hill and Tatum both look way too old to be in college. Fortunately, this joke never gets old as fellow classmates crack to them “You look like a 30-year-old 8th grader” and “You’re so old there are liver spots on your hands.”
The onscreen chemistry between Hill and Tatum is unexpectedly symbiotic although this time around, these two discover different sides to their personalities. Even in college, Hill remains the odd man out but it allows him to maintain clarity on the case while Jenko is off pursing frat house fantasies.
“Jenko wants to grow and do bigger and better things and he might feel like Schmidt is holding him back a little bit,” Tatum said at a press junket recorded exclusively for the film.
Ice Cube steals the show as the rough and tumble police captain and Queen Latifah makes an unexpected cameo this time around.
“Ice Cube owns the room when he walks in,” Tatum said. “He’s such a serious and intimidating person if he wants to be. As soon as he drops that and smiles and has fun you sort of just go ‘Oh my God, I didn’t even know that was in there. It’s a lot of fun to be around him.”
Hill has some of the best one liners ever penned for summer comedy. Here are some of his top lines:
“Where did they get this gringo? The Mumford and Sons concert?”
“Yo Sleepy, wus up homie? Everyone saying that Sleepy he like the Mexican wolverine.”
“I’m just exhausted from inventing Facebook or whatever website people our age use.”
I want to leave the epic ending of "22 Jump Street" a surprise for you. Just know, there’s an infinity of Jump Streets for Schmidt and Jenko to save in the future.
“22 Jump Street” opens in theaters nationwide June 13.
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