Movie Review: 22 Jump Street *****

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22 Jump Street is an undercover cop movie starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum as misfit partners. The sequel to 21 Jump Street has the agents going to college to stop the proliferation of a new designer drug. The undercover police task force has moved to a new building across the street, so their new address is 22 Jump Street. The guys are immediately spotted as narcs in the classroom and move to other areas to find the drug distributors. Hill joins up with the arts crowd while Tatum tries out for the football team. Just as they are getting close to finding the source, their funding gets cut and results need to be found sooner using fewer resources. Complications with friends and lovers break up the team, but they reunite to crack the case.

This is a very good sequel to a movie that was originally a TV show. It is not necessary to know much about the TV show or the first movie to enjoy this flick–it stands alone as an easy to follow, good story about relationships and police work. There’s some romance and a bro-mance to go along with the action and investigation while solving the mystery. It’s predictable, but it’s fun. Hill and Tatum are very good in their roles. Ice Cube is outstanding in a support role. The parents weekend scene had me crying with sustained laughter. Cameo appearances by popular celebrities was unexpectedly nice. There are extra scenes during the credits that tell about the potential future of this team that is worth sticking around to watch. Additionally, there is a bonus scene at the end of the credits that is good fun. I laughed a lot, and I was entertained. 5 out of 5 stars.

Spoiler alert for the ladies: Channing Tatum wears a tank top during much of the movie, but his shirt does not come off–sorry.

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