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22 Jump Street

May 9, 2015

22 Jump Street (2014)
Director: Chris Miller, Phil Lord
Actor: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube

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Synopsis: Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) go undercover again – this time to a college campus where they hope to crack a drug-ring.

Review: As enjoyable and witty as 22 Jump Street undoubtedly is, there’s a slightly wearing tyranny in the film’s insatiable, gurning desire to be congratulated on its postmodern ‘cleverness’ at nearly every stage of its duration. Much like with my agnosticism over the film’s predecessor, 21 Jump Street, although I appreciate the inventiveness of some of the gags (once again, Schmidt and Jenko receiving their initial police brief plays as ironic mirroring of the film’s own commercial strategy), the sheer incessancy of the humour’s pleading brashness does grow monotonous.

Ironically, the film’s pièce de résistance comes in the closing credit reel, when there’s a brilliant skit on the endless potentials of the franchise’s conceit (the cops keep on going undercover to different types of ‘schools’) through a series of satirical movie trailers. This, and the magnificent cameo by Nick Offerman as the Police Chief who gives Jenko and Schmidt their initial briefing (there’s a hilarious exchange about Schmidt’s pre-credits encounter with an Octopus), are the film’s main comic highlights. (May 2015)

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