Movie Review: 22 Jump Street (2014 - Channing Tatum)

Jonah Hill & Channing Tatum in 22 Jump Street movie still

A rare buddy cop action comedy sequel that's better than the first one


Who would've thought a sequel to the genuinely funny 21 Jump Street (2012) would turn out even wackier? As it's mentioned a few times in the film as though it's parodying its own instalment and other typical Hollywood movie sequels, 22 Jump Street is pretty much the same thing as the first one but "improvised", and improvised they did with more daring humour that'll particularly please general homophobic audience even more. This film is one of the best examples why sequels with the same director(s) as its successful predecessor are most likely going to turn out good.



Morton Schmidt and Greg Jenko, played by Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum respectively, are back to bust some new drugs being sold among students, but instead of going back to high school again, they go undercover at a local college where students are smarter, hotter and wilder. This time it's Jenko's the one having fun and leaving the partner alone after clicking with the college football team members. Schmidt gets along with an arts major student named Maya (Amber Stevens) and begins a relationship that'll crack up the entire cinema. Both begin to question their partnership and life as college could've been the pivotal point where they choose their career path.

This film is probably the most hilarious buddy cop film since The Other Guys (2010), and the most bromance one since End of Watch (2012). Plenty of more physically bold slapstick, spoofing references to the first film and American culture and unoffensive gay humour on the duo's extreme bromance relationship. This action comedy's thoroughly energetic even during the closing credits are rolling (one of the best closing credits I've ever seen, great effort). Some jokes are actually predictable, the last act is rushed just like the first film, and the investigation for the case is quite untidy, but thanks to the brilliantly silly performance and onscreen chemistry between Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, it's still highly entertaining regardless. Tatum is particularly funnier due to the sequences involved this time, and with his good looks, the female audience are going to enjoy this film wetting their...... mouths while laughing.

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Although this film franchise is a remake of the TV series from the late 80s, these two "sons of bitches" are going to be remembered by the younger generations as how the older generation remembers the Mel Gibson and Danny Glover partnership in the Lethal Weapon franchise (1987 - 1998).

What I would've named the film: "Undercover Cops 2: Almost Gay"

Censorship in Malaysia: Only noticed about 2 sequences skipped a little, and some text in the background during the ending credits blurred out, not sure much they actually censored, but all the vulgarities were not muted or cut so it's still very watchable at local cinemas.

Second opinion: My girlfriend felt that it was funnier than 21 Jump Street as well, and then she went on and one about how hot Channing Tatum is, and much fatter Jonah Hill has become.

Verdict: Better than the first film, period.

Rating: 4 / 5

22 Jump Street movie poster malaysiaGenre: Action comedy
Running Time: 112 minutes
Director: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller
Screenwriters: Michael Bacall, Oren Uziel, Rodney Rothman
Cast: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Peter Stormare, Ice Cube

Malaysia Release Date: 17 July 2014
Rated: 18
Distributor: Sony Pictures Malaysia
Production: Media Rights Capital, Original Film, Lord Miller Productions



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1 comment:
  1. I like the part when the Captain appeared at the Parents' Day ceremony. LOL!

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