Just light-hearted fun in 22 Jump Street

22 Jump Street is the sequel to 21 Jump Street and like the first movie, it stars Jonah Hill as Schmidt, Channing Tatum as Jenko, and Ice Cube as Captain Dickson. At the start of this film we see that police operations have moved to new premises – number 22 Jump Street, a reconditioned church.

In 21 Jump Street, inept police partners, Schmidt and Jenko, were sent to cover a case at a high school. This time, mean-looking Captain Dickson sends the pair undercover at a local university. Here they have to uncover a drug ring and the reason for a mysterious death. The two don’t seem to have improved at all and find the guilty parties, quickly, but as if by chance.

Most of the action revolves around Schmidt and Jenko settling into their undercover roles. Schmidt as a geek and part of the alternative arts group, and Jenko as (no surprises here) a talented football player and part of the ‘in’ group. This causes friction between the friends and they fall out. It’s only their real love for police work (such as it is) that brings them back together.

There’s lots of action, funny moments, exaggerated stereotyping, unfortunate relationships and even a surprise baddie at the end. Ice Cube is good in his role as the frustrated – and then furious – Captain Dickson. No life changing messages in this film – just light hearted fun.

22 Jump Street opens at Ster Kinekor theatres in South Africa on 20 June.

22 Jump Street, sequel to 21 Jump Street releases in South Africa 20 June.

22 Jump Street, sequel to 21 Jump Street releases in South Africa 20 June. Photo: Creative commons

Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum in costume for the promotion of 21 Jump Street when it first came out in 2012. Photo: Creative   Commons

Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum in costume for the promotion of 21 Jump Street when it first came out in 2012. Photo: Creative Commons

 

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