Theatrical release: 06/13/2014 DVD Date: 11/18/2014
Rating: Rated R for language throughout, sexual content, drug material, brief nudity and some violence. Running Time: 112 minutes
Note(s): Original screenplay by Michael Bacall and Oren Uziel and Rodney Rothman.
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Review: I rather enjoyed 21 Jump Street, loosely — very loosely — based on the television show of the same title. It was light, mindless entertainment that provided a few laughs and I was expecting the same of its sequel, 22 Jump Street. Unfortunately, my expectations weren't even close to being met.
Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum reprise their roles as Schmidt and Jenko and are assigned to look into the trafficking of a new drug on a local college campus. So far, so good. But there is absolutely no story behind the premise. Worse, there are no laughs to accompany the lack of a story behind the premise. It's as if the screenwriters wrote a series of random scenes and the editors randomly connected them together and called it a day. The acting is terrible, the direction phoned in.
To say I didn't laugh is not quite true. The end credits are really quite funny. (You know you're watching a bad film when the end credits are the best part of it.) There are title cards for 23 Jump Street, 24 Jump Street, 25 Jump Street, etc., and then the inevitable marketing tie-ins. Someone was told to be off-the-wall creative in coming up with these "future" promotions, and they succeeded and then some. But that is not enough to recommend the film. Give this a pass and hope that the only future reference to 23 Jump Street is the one made in jest in this film.