Movie Review
22 Jump Street
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By Craig Younkin     Published June 15, 2014
US Release: June 13, 2014

Directed by: Chris Miller Phil Lord
Starring: Channing Tatum , Jonah Hill , Ice Cube

R for language throughout, sexual content, drug material, brief nudity and some violence
Running Time: 112 minutes
Domestic Box Office: $191,719,000
The opposites attract chemistry between Tatum and Hill really saves it more often than not.
Craig Younkin is also a reviewer for Movie Room Reviews

“22 Jump Street” finds everybody from “21 Jump Street” doing the same thing all over again, basically seeming like they want to defy gravity by stretching the same joke to its limits. It’s playing to a crowd that probably has no idea about the show but enjoys actors self-mocking themselves just the same. In that regard the series remains a solid success.

Channing Tatum is the self-assured, athletic, lunk-headed Jenko while Jonah Hill his wimpier, more sensitive partner. They’re on a drug-dealer hunt again, only this time in college. That’s about all you need to know, the rest is all hit-or-miss set-ups like the guys performing in a poetry slam and accidentally getting high and going on a major drug trip. For the sake of padding this out, there’s stuff about Jenko trying to find his true self and Schmidt is given an impossibly hot girlfriend.

Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller rarely if ever come up with anything that would be called a laugh riot and like most comedies these days saying words like “penis” and “testicles” is relied upon for too many of the jokes but the opposites attract chemistry between Tatum and Hill really saves it more often than not. Ice Cube also returns as their captain and gets a nice bit in the middle of the film where he gets to play to his comedic strength (i.e. be scary) and Rob Riggle and Dave Franco make funny cameos as well.

Maybe the funniest stuff in the film comes from Jillian Bell though, who cracks off strings of “old-guy” jokes with reckless abandon. It’s one of the few points of comedic wit in a film that’s light on it but long on charm.
Craig's Grade: B-
Craig's Overall Grading: 340 graded movies
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