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22 Jump Street - Film Review

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by Fiona Robinson (subscribe)
A Brisbane girl doing Brisbane things.
Published June 15th 2014
Jump Street's back, alright
If you're looking for a movie that makes you laugh and then laugh some more, then the eagerly anticipated sequel to the 2012 film, 21 Jump Street, won't disappoint.

Image courtesy of the Sony Pictures

Directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller achieve a great balance between sharp, clever banter, budding bromance and some pretty dramatic action scenes (who doesn't love a good explosion, right?) in this year's newest comedy release, 22 Jump Street.

Officers Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) are back and ready to go undercover, again this time though, they're going to college and they're in for some big surprises.

The energetic duo find themselves, finding themselves on their journey to uncover who is behind the newly popular drug 'WHYPHY' (pronounced 'wifi'). However, their partnership is threatened when Jenko returns to his high school jock/party boy personality, after finding his football kindred spirit; whilst Schmidt is drawn towards the hip 'Art Major' crowd and in particular, Maya, who he woos with an impressive and impromptu slam poetry session.

But will they be able to work out their differences in time to come together and bring the right suspect to justice?

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The chase is on - Image courtesy of the Sony Pictures Website

Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill play these roles so well, with their easy and witty banter and commitment to the gag, really makes you wonder how much of the dialogue is actually scripted.

The supporting cast is big and reliable, with some familiar faces returning and a number of new faces as well.

Reprising his angry, in your face role as Captain Dickson, Ice Cube is back and is forced to deal with the immature antics of his guys in disguise. Whilst newbie, Jillian Bell, delivers her role as a dry and humourless roomate to Maya, perfectly deadpan. Not to mention the many cameos that make an appearance.

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Spring Break - Image courtesy of the Sony Pictures Website

Expect a Benny Hill inspired chase, tongue in cheek cracks at sequels and possibly the most awkward fist fight in cinema history.

And stick around to watch the end credits for an extra couple of laughs, it's well worth it.

22 Jump Street is in cinemas from 19 June.
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When: In theatres from June 19, 2014
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