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’22 Jump Street’ Is The Funniest Movie Of The Summer — Review

Fri, June 13, 2014 6:30am EDT by Add first Comment
22 Jump Street Review
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’22 Jump Street’ hits theaters June 13, and while it may seem premature to say so, I can guarantee that it’s the funniest movie you’ll see all summer. Read on for the full review!

22 Jump Street, starring Jonah Hill as Morton Schmidt and Channing Tatum as Greg Jenko, hits theaters June 13 and will easily stand the test as the funniest movie of the summer — guaranteed. Read on for the full review and tell us if you’ll be watching; and if you have, what did you think?

’22 Jump Street’ Review: Jonah Hill & Channing Tatum Star In The Funniest Movie Of The Summer

Schmidt and Jenko, two of the most incompetent yet divinely lucky undercover cops on the planet, have returned to doing what they do (sort of) best: infiltrating a school environment in an attempt to root out a drug ring, meanwhile getting far too involved in role play.

While 21 Jump Street saw Schmidt and Jenko come together as partners and friends, in 22, they’re forced to deal with the growing pains that come from being so close for several years, and it manifests in hilarious ways.

On campus, Schmidt gets involved with an art student named Maya (Amber Stevens), and Jenko becomes so close with jocks named Zook (Wyatt Russell) and Rooster (Jimmy Tatro) that he not only ignores evidence which implicates them, but begins to see a life for himself outside of being a cop, considering adopting his cover permanently.

’22 Jump Street’ Review: The Film’s Self-Awareness Of Its Own Ridiculousness Makes For Some Of Its Funniest Jokes

22 Jump Street covers many of the same bases that its predecessor did, and a lot of the comedy lies in how self-aware it is about its own silliness and repetitiveness. For example, they note how “convenient” it is that the Korean church across from 21 Jump Street is abandoned so that their headquarters can be at 22 Jump Street, and when checking out their new, expensive digs, they comment that Captain Dickson’s (Ice Cube‘s) office looks like a “cube of ice.”

Finally, the end credits are something else — sticking to the tried-and-true mission of “infiltrate the dealer, find the supplier,” a number of fake Jump Street sequels, including ones set at a culinary school, a magic school, and more, featuring all of the most oft-tread sequel clichés (a hot girl, an animated series, bringing back old cast members) is reason enough to see it play out on the big screen. The film is totally riveting and hilarious from beginning to end, and I can’t recommend enough that you check it out!

Also making appearances in 22 Jump Street are Rob RiggleDave Franco, and Nick Offerman reprising their roles, as well as Peter Stormare, Marc Evan JacksonJillian Bell of SNL and Workaholics fame, and finally, The Lucas Brothers in a hilarious role that I dearly hope will propel them to other film roles in the future! Directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller22 Jump Street is an absolute must-see summer movie.

So, HollywoodLifers, will you be checking out 22 Jump Street? If you’ve seen it already, what did you think? Let me know!

— Amanda Michelle Steiner

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