Part 2 of My 100 Movies of Summer 2014
22 Jump Street (d. Phil Lord & Christopher Miller)
Laurel & Hardy. Abbott & Costello. Hope & Crosby. Pryor & Wilder. Hill & Tatum?
There’s a new comedic duo primed to join the greats. And that duo is Magic Mike and the tubby kid from Superbad.
I saw 21 Jump Street in the theater and rather liked it. I thought it was funny and found it to be a good time. I went on living my life. Recently, I was visiting a friend who had never seen it. He rented it VOD and I laughed my ass off. I had forgotten just how funny it was. I was primed and ready for the sequel.
If you’ve seen the first film, you understand just how genius the pairing of these two actors is. Tatum, not known for being the best of actors, plays the ridiculously sculpted athlete who’s a bit of lunk. Hill, who was previously known for his teen comedies, is the insecure, clumsy and book smart guy. They put aside their differences to help each other get through the police academy and are partnered up. Hilarity ensues.
The interplay between the two is perfect. It’s not something that can be directed or coaxed out of an actor. It’s the kind of chemistry that very few actors have together and it’s absolutely the best reason to see these movies.
You may have noticed that I haven’t really talked about the plot of the sequel. Well honestly, that’s because it’s not really necessary. The movie itself merely serves as a device to allow these two to do their thing (this time in a collegiate setting) with some great supporting turns from the likes of a dry Nick Offerman, an ever angry Ice Cube and others including character actress Jillian Bell who almost steals the movie in her few minutes of screen time. The film is self-aware without being cute about it. The filmmakers and actors knew they didn’t have to break new ground and yet manage to do so while serving up a story that is almost directly lifted from the first film.
But it doesn’t matter. They even use that to great comedic effect.
The plot resolves, the greatest bromance in movie history survives another test and, as the end credits roll, the viewer is gifted with a tease of further potential sequels. I’d probably watch every last one of them.
If you enjoyed 21 Jump Street, you will enjoy this one. It’s that simple. And if you didn’t enjoy 21 Jump Street, what the hell is wrong with you?
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