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Published June 13th 2014
Funny and enjoyable

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As with the initial film in the series, 21 Jump Street, the chemistry between this inept crime fighting, who the film follows, creates the comedy of the film. It is the conflicting characters of Schmidt and Jenko, played by Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, that makes most of the laughter for the audience within the film. Schmidt is conveyed as the brains of the duo, while Jenko is the brawn.

In an early scene of the film it is Schmidt who creates the personas the duo assume as they go undercover to prevent Ghost, a well-known criminal, from smuggling. Schmidt as the 'clever' character easily does the improvisation needed. It is Jenko who fumbles the case. The humour of this scene is that Jenko is so useless. It is hilarious to hear his ridiculous attempt at an accent.

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Jenko plays to his strengths while running from Ghost and his hired goons. He can easily drop down from a great height. The humour for the audience is that Schmidt is so out of shape he has to run down the staircase and is winded by it.

The chemistry between Jenko and Schmidt is shown when Jenko replaces Schmidt with Zook. Though Zook and Jenko are incredibly compatible it is the differences between Jenko and Schmidt that creates the bond between them.

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The storylines of 21 and 22 Jump Street are similar, drug smuggling leading to a fatality, which draws the audience in because they know this new film will make them laugh like the previous film did. After all it isn't that original an idea to take the duo from high school to college, but the producers know this film will sell.

Once more it is Schmidt who has the love interest like he did in 21 Jump Street in the shape of Maya. The hilarious twist in the tale of this film is that Maya is the Captain's daughter. The captain finds out and there is a funny scene where he trashes a meal at the college in a fury about finding out about Maya and Schmidt.

However, in this film, unlike in 21 Jump Street, Jenko has a good time. He forms a bromance with Zook one of the culprits to be the supplier of the new drug circulating round the college.

During the end credits of the film the film makes fun of itself by suggesting other films in the series which, like 22 Jump Street, are incredibly similar to each other. Though 22 Jump Street is basically the same as 21 Jump Street and uses the same gags as in 21, it works because the college environment provides fresh laughter. Schmidt doing the 'walk of shame' is a new joke. You will enjoy this film if you liked 21 Jump Street and don't want a film that will reinvent the wheel.

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Why? It is a funny film that will appeal to those who loved the first film
Where: Cinemas throughout the UK
Cost: Varies depending on the day of the week you see it and the type of ticket you need
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