“Do the same thing as last time. Exactly the same thing.”
Were this particular film made it into your personal must-watch lists or must-watch-sequels lists of 2014? It certainly wasn’t in mine. I watched the first installment on dvd and did not bother to write my thoughts on it at all. My dad and sister love it though, it is one of those no-brainer laugh-out-loud films with a wide commercial appeal. I never thought there was even a sequel! But yeah, it started screening earlier this week and my sister dragged me to the theater for it. So why am i reviewing this sequel now? We’ll get to that a bit later…
Jenko (Channing Tatum) and Schmidt (Jonah Hill) returns to the new and improved Jump Street unit to catch a dealer who’s distributing a new kind of drugs called WHYPHY (Work Hard, Yes. Play Hard, Yes). This time the duo must infiltrate a local collage and go deep undercover to blend in with the freshmen. Schmidt found himself in the middle of boho art scene and hooking up with one of the art major student. Meanwhile Jenko found his long-lost niche among the jocks and frat boys with their beers, puka necklaces, and football. As if the investigation did not hit enough dead ends, they begin to question their partnership and wonder if maybe it is time for them to stay apart.
The plot above sounds vaguely familiar isn’t it? Well because it is literally almost the same structure as the first one. Even the chain of events are quite similar, with bits of it changes of course (because that would be too lazy!). Just like a dozen other sequels attempt from films which did not need them in the first place. 22 Jump Street plot is repetitive and unnecessary. But the thing is, it chooses to be self-aware and making it one of the fodder for the (cynical) jokes throughout the films, poking fun at itself. One of the first thing you’d hear in the film (and trailer) is Ice Cube “Nobody gave a shit about the Jump Street reboot“, and immediately followed by “We’ve doubled the budget, as if that would double the profit.”. Let’s wait for the box office number to come in shall we? I just hoped it won’t end in a fiasco like what happened with The Hangover.
But even though the plot follows almost exactly the same chain of events, i found 22 Jump Street to be more hilarious than its predecessor. The role of villain was not as emphasized as in the predecessor, the duo dynamic seemed to took the center stage in this sequel (although the short re-appearance of the previous villains were so welcomed!). Tatum does have an aptitude for comic timing, as the slightly dimwitted Jenko he proves that his physical prowess not only his skill, but matching Hill. Jenko and Schmidt trouble in partners paradise are colored with homoerotic content that pop culture dubbed as ‘bromance’, which seemed compulsory in every buddy movie nowadays. But they do have the right chemistry to do it. Unlike the first film where their relationship were still strained by their high school hierarchal past, Schmidt and Jenko now acknowledge and respect each other. Though apparently their mismatched personality still giving them doubts. Yes, this is actually a bromantic comedy, move over I Love You Man!.
Jenko: Oh, hey, look, there’s Korean Jesus.
Captain Dickson: It’s Vietnamese Jesus now, you racist motherfucker. Don’t you see that Vietnamese Jesus has more swag?
Self-indulgent self-mockery at the sequel status proven to be one of the source for the film’s riotous, SNL-esque hilarity, but this repetition of its predecessor shows that it was enough to generate enough levity fresh to tickle its viewers. In fact it would be more funny in the eyes of those who’ve seen 21 Jump Street due to its meta-ness.
I had a great fun with it and i need it in DVDs so my dad can watch it and i can repeat some of its gloriously amusing bromance :D
22 JUMP STREET (2014)
DIRECTOR Phil Lord, Christopher Miller | PRODUCER Neal H. Moritz, Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum | WRITER Oren Uziel, Rodney Rothman, Michael Bacall | MUSIC Mark Mothersbaugh | CINEMATOGRAPHER Barry Peterson | EDITOR David Rennie | STUDIO Media Rights Capital, Original Film, Lord Miller Productions | DISTRIBUTOR Columbia Pictures, Metro Goldwyn Mayer | COUNTRY United States | BUDGET $50 million | RUNNING TIME 117 minutes | RATING R for language throughout, sexual content, drug material, brief nudity and some violence | RELEASE June 13, 2014
STARRING Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Peter Stormare, Ice Cube, Amber Stevens, Wyatt Russel, Jillian Bell, Jimmy Tatro, Nick Offerman, Kenny Lucas, Keith Lucas, Marc Evan Jackson
DID YOU KNOW? The end credits, which shows mock sequels, were shot in a day. (And, am i the only one who wont mind seeing Jump Street: Dance School Edition? Come on guys, it can be a mash up with Magic Mike spin off! XD)