Occasionally funny buddy comedy with a high degree of self-awareness
There will always be summer movies like this each year: outrageously self-aware, filled with ad-libbed moments and offensive quips. What ultimately makes or breaks such a film is the chemistry between its leads. In 22 Jump Street’s case, Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill have undeniable rapport working together, and they fire up the jokes on-screen at the right moments.
Still, I had a feeling I’ve seen all this before. Oh yeah, I have…in 21 Jump Street! But at least they’re not hiding the fact that they’re doing the same thing all over again. And when you get to the end credits you can convince yourself that you had a good time watching it. For maximum laughs though have some friends along with you, as the saying ‘the more the merrier’ applies here.