Tom Basham

22 Jump Street

In This Just OUT on June 28, 2014 at 8:37 pm

22jumpstreet-posterI took a wrong turn today and wound up at “22 Jump Street.” As Yogi Berra said, “It’s Déjà Vu all over again.”

Young officers Jenko (Channing Tatum from “White House Down“) and Schmidt  (Jonah Hill from “Money Ball”) did so well in their first movie, I mean, case, they got moved across the street from 21 Jump Street to 22 Jump Street. You see, odd numbers indicate one side of the street and even numbers are the other side. If you don’t find that clever, you might as well stop reading and buy a ticket to “Transformers.”

The boys are moved up to college by Captain Dickson (Ice Cube from “Ride Along“), who has taken over the operation. There is a new drug on the campus, so they must go under cover, again, to catch the dealer, again. If you think it’s annoying that I keep referencing the first movie, do not go to this movie. They continually mention the first movie, the plot, the similarities and the budget increase for this movie. A single nod may be warranted and even accepted as fun, but they went to it more times than Tarantino uses the “F” word.

Aside from the whole police investigation, they attempt to explore the relationship between these two buddies. This might have been interesting, but it was overshadowed by the homoerotic, homophobic and homo-stupid portrayal of their affection for each other. Again, a tired bit that was run into the ground, again and again.

I am still waiting on a ruling to find out if I can be offended by the racial stereotypes in this movie. All the white people are silly and stupid and all the black people are smart and cool. Actually, I think I just answered my own question by using the word “cool.”

The novelty and the nostalgia of the first movie made it worthy of watching. The uncomfortable clichés of the sequel just sucked.

I really wanted to laugh today. I needed to laugh, or at least be amused. By they time the characters said, “I’m getting too old for this shit,” I was thinking the same thing. All the humor was “on the nose,” starting with the octopus on Schmidt’s face five minutes in. For that reason, I can only give this movie 1 star out of 5. The cancer movie was funnier than this.

Tom Basham is an indie filmmaker. Here is a link to his movie review site:
 https://bashmovies.wordpress.com

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