It’s finally time for the sequel to ’21 Jump Street’ — and the reviews are officially out. It’s not surprising that the movie’s is a total hit with the critics. How can you go wrong with Channing and Jonah?
22 Jump Street hits theaters on June 13, and we know it’s going to make us laugh just as much as the first one did! We’ve gathered up some of the non-spoilery reviews from the critics. Read them below, then let us know if you’re as excited as we are to head to the theaters this weekend!
’22 Jump Street’ Movie Reviews
When directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller turned “21 Jump Street” into a crude but unexpectedly clever box office hit in 2012, their mockery of the original late-1980s TV show was offset by the corporate need to revive and tend to a dormant franchise. No such agenda this time: “22 Jump Street” just wants to mess around and explode the clichés of the buddy-cop bromance genre from within. The movie takes a while to lift off, but once it does, it soars on wings of pure, dopey silliness.
“22 Jump Street” steers blessedly clear of common sequel traps, even while brazenly committing so many of the form’s sins… As in the first movie — which sounded so bad on paper but turned out to be a delightful surprise — “22 Jump Street” features a hilarious drug trip, some delish cameos and a steady stream of double-entendres meant to send up the homoerotic subtexts of so many buddy-cop movies.
Tatum is, predictably, adorable. His Jenko is a pumped-up naïf bumbling through life with a crooked smile, and Hill again makes a great sparring partner. Hill knows how to milk Schmidt’s hurt feelings for laughs instead of fake pathos — it’s a testament to his gifts that he doesn’t overplay the sad-sack routine.
Indeed, most scenes have something that looks like a set-up for a joke the crew is clearly in on. Cinematographer Barry Peterson, another returning player, has gotten increasingly comfortable with the mayhem. Production designer Steve Saklad, more often found on Jason Reitman films, brings his expertise at creating a sense of place, which helps ground the film. Costume designer Leesa Evans has a lot of fun, the “22” clothes have their own zany appeal. Mark Mothersbaugh’s music provides a peripatetic beat to match the pace and the plot; editor David Rennie helps stitch it all together.
Will you be heading to the movies this weekend to see 22 Jump Street?
— Emily Longeretta