22 Jump Street
22 Jump Street
CAST: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, and Ice Cube

DIRECTOR: Phil Lord and Chris Miller

Any reservations you might have about 22 Jump Street are likely totally reasonable. The legacy of successful sequels to blockbuster comedies is about as positive as the legacy of video game movies. Still, there are so many smart moves being made with this film that we can’t help but be excited for it.

Let’s start by talking about the sequel’s solid foundation. In 2012, audiences were taken completely by surprised when 21 Jump Street – an adaptation of an ‘80s TV show – wound up being the best comedy of the year. The sequel once again unites the strangely perfect pairing of Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum as undercover police officers Schmidt and Jenko, and we can’t wait to see how their bizarro chemistry is further explored. As hinted at in the end of the last movie, this time around their hijinks will be taken to the next level as they move on from their positions as high school students and instead become freshmen at the local college. Expect the film to work in plenty of meta jokes on just how hard it is to make a sequel.

What really has us sold on 22 Jump Street, however, are the two men steering the ship. Between Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street and, most recently, The LEGO Movie, directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller have proven themselves to be two of the most talented comedic filmmakers currently working in the industry. We have reached a point where if they are involved with a project, then it’s worth a look. The two directors originally were not going to come back for the sequel, but were ultimately convinced to do so by a solid script. If that’s not enough to get you interested I’m not sure what else there is to say.

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