I did not like 21 Jump Street, so I went in to the sequel expecting to dislike it just as much. Sequels are just retreads right? Nothing much happens that is either new or entertaining.
Well it appears that the filmmakers are aware of this and yet again, they get ahead of any potential criticism that might be leveled against them. At every step during 22 Jump Street characters take great pains to tell each other, and you the viewer, that things are going to be exactly the same as they were in the first movie. Jenko (Channing Tatum) and Schmidt (Jonah Hill) are constantly told by their superiors that things will be exactly the same as they were last time. The Jump Street initiative wasn’t supposed to work but it succeeded and now they have been called in to do it again. Except at a different address, which is right across the street from the previous address, thus the new address. Get it?
Quirky references to comedy legends, a quick cameo by an original from the TV show, and scenes casting the bromance as a co-dependent relationship are used to squeeze humour out of a narrative in which our heroes go to college this time around. There is a running gag throughout the film about how old Jenko and Schmidt look. There is a car obsession, and a shout-out to another movie in which that car was last seen. Somewhere in the middle of it all is a case, but it is really not relevant at all.
This is a movie about the odd couple of Jenko and Schmidt going into a completely alien situation and trying to blend in while sticking out like two sore thumbs in a field of eyeballs.
So if you’re in the mood for some silly giggles, by all means go check out 22 Jump Street. The big finale reminded me of the Hindi movie Suhaag so there might be more culturally relevant Easter Eggs in this film than the ones only fans of Hollywood and slapstick British television will recognize.
Me, I just got a kick out of the end credits sequence that lists potential sequels going all the way up to 40 Jump Street, and the Gringo Pendejos sign.