22 Jump Street: Action filled comic caper


CAST: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube,Wyatt Russell, Peter Stormare, Amber Stevens, Queen Latifah

Directors: Phil Lord & Christopher Miller

When oh when will the pair of dumb but likeable fellas in this sequel develop from overgrown teens into real men? Illegal drug activity on a college campus continues to be the narrative pivot for this self-referential, sexually-oriented sequel to the 2012 action comedy inspired by the hit television series.

Jump Street cops and high school repeats Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) have been promoted to a local college, undercover but of course to investigate a drug-related death. “Infiltrate the dealers, find the supplier just like last time” their boss Captain Dickson (Ice Cube) tells them. But the partnership is threatened when Jenko embarks on a bromance with blonde footballer Zook (Wyatt Russell). Schmidt on his part infiltrates the art major scene, thanks to their boss’ daughter Maya (Amber Stevens).

Much of the film has been bleeped out (no prizes for guessing why) but the missing obscenities won’t detract from your enjoyment of scenes like the opening one when the pair fakes Spanish accents in front of criminals and especially when Jenko affects a high pitched whine. Shiv Sainiks may or may not enjoy the scene in which Capt Dickson makes a ruckus about the food served at a lunch buffet. Christians may or may not enjoy the scene with a grooving (Vietnamese) Jesus. Gays may or may not like the scenes where Jenko and Zook pull the stops out on their bromance. Me, I laughed a bit, only a l’il bit at this commonplace caper from Phil Lord & Christopher Miller who gave us the fine, very fine Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs and The Lego Movie.

Ronita Torcato

Free Press Journal