Oh god, here we go again. 22 Jump Street is the follow up to the successful 21 Jump Street. It continues the story of Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) as they are moved across the street to 22 Jump Street, "coincidentally" also a church. At this high-tech, upgraded facility they are assigned by the always hilarious Captain Dickson (Ice Cube) to infiltrate a college in order to track down the suppliers and dealers of a new drug on the market.
22 Jump Street, while not as funny as the first, had me laughing out loud numerous times. There's plenty of frequent gut-bursting moments to go around although they don't nearly add up to the amount given off in 21 Jump Street. There's plenty of witty humour as well as the not so witty humour, I'm not sure how to word that better, and to be honest there's actually not a lot of moments where the jokes fail. Well in the first two acts at least, but I'll get into the third act later on.
Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum retain the connections that made the first film watchable. The two's unlikely bromance, occasionally more than just that, works just as well on the second outing. Their characters bring for many cheer worthy moments as well as many absolutely hilarious moments. But there wouldn't be this great chemistry if it weren't for Ice Cube. ice Cube has much more to do this time around and features in some of funniest moments in both of the Jump Street films so far. I will not spoil what this film is or what it has to do with, but you will know the scene when it pops up and it was hysterical.
The storyline is essentially the exact same as the first film, but with new jokes implanted in. The film even jokes about the fact that when the same thing is done the second time around it isn't nearly as funny, evidently mocking their own movie. This leads to a series of ongoing jokes throughout the remainder of the film about how this is the exact same case as in the first film and it's true. The film is nearly identical to the first and while it still achieves what it set out to do, it didn't do it as well or entertaining.
The third act of the film goes to a whole new level of improbability. When it comes to comedies I try to be lenient as to how much I'm willing to go along with. In some cases it just goes too far and takes on a whole new level of dumb, over the top and just plain unrealistic. Many aspects of the third act of this film achieve the status of being dumb, over the top and just plain unrealistic. It took me out of the film as I just wasn't coping with the sheer stupidity of what was happening on screen. Did some of these moments make me laugh? Yes they did, making me a little more forgiving.
To sum up, 22 Jump Street is literally more of the first film with the exact same chemistry between the leads and the overall story arch. The only difference is there's new and very entertaining jokes put in to satisfy hopefully every viewer.
3 1/2 Stars