Friday, August 19, 2016

Film Review: 22 Jump Street (2014)

22 Jump Street (Review)
United States/2014
Format Viewed For Review: Starz
Netflix Streaming: No
Amazon Prime: No

"The plot might be more of the same, but the humor was effective."

Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) head to college to track a drug known as "WHYPHY."

22 Jump Street is more of the same – and the film is well aware of that. With a bigger budget, Schmidt and Jenko head off to college to find the distributor of WHYPHY – a drug that makes the user focus for several hours, then causes them to hallucinate. So, Schmidt and Jenko go to class, investigate, have some relationship problems... Like most comedies, there's really not much to say about the plot. It goes through the same ups-and-downs as almost every other comedy plot out there. It's not horrible, but there's nothing else to say. I'm done with the plot. Move on.

22 Jump Street is a funny movie. The plot might be more of the same, but the humor was effective. I thought it started off a bit dull, but it eventually found a nice balance. It uses some crude gags, a bit of slapstick, and plenty of meta humor – and I enjoyed it. There were plenty of jokes that made me burst into a loud laugh and a few that made me chuckle. The general vibe of the film made sure I had a smile on my face throughout the entire movie. Hell, even the credits were fun. Of course, there are some jokes that also fall flat. You win some, you lose some, right?

The acting was good. Like the first film, Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill have chemistry. They work very well together, bolstering each other at all times. Ice Cube was a lot of fun, too. The film was shot well and the music matched the mood – even when it was, at times, obnoxious. Otherwise, the film was technically standard. The film was written by Michael Bacall, Oren Uziel, and Rodney Rothman; it was directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. I am a bit tired of the predictable plots in comedies, but the writing wasn't necessarily bad. The direction also captured a fun mood that was successfully transmitted to the audience – not bad.

Overall, 22 Jump Street was a very fun experience. It has a nice blend of comedy and action. It is more of the same, but that's not bad – especially if you're a fan of the series or formula. If you're looking for a good time and if you were a fan of the original, I think you'll enjoy this.

Score: 7/10
Parental Guide: Some violence and blood.

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