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22 Jump Street is directed by Phil Lord (The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street) and Christopher Miller (The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street). These two have obviously teamed up before and they do some good work. I loved both The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street. Anyway, we pick up pretty much where we left off at the end of 21 Jump Street. This is the plot summary from Wikipedia. I’ll develop down after it.
Following their success in the 21 Jump Street program, Morton Schmidt (played by Jonah Hill, 21 Jump Street and This is the End) and Greg Jenko (played by Channing Tatum, Magic Mike and Step Up) are back on the streets chasing narcotics. However, after failing in the pursuit of a group of drug dealers led by Ghost (played by Peter Stormare, Fargo and Bad Boys 2), Deputy Chief Hardy (played by Nick Offerman, Sin City and We’re the Millers) puts the duo back on the program to work for Captain Dickson (played by Ice Cube, 21 Jump Street and Friday) – now located across the street at 22 Jump Street. Their assignment is to go undercover as college students and locate the supplier of a drug known as “WHYPHY” (WiFi) that killed a student photographed buying it on campus.
Jenko: Whaat!? Coed bathrooms.
Schmidt: Fuck, I’m not going to take a sh!it the entire time we’re here.
At college, Jenko quickly makes friends with a pair of jocks named Zook (played by Wyatt Russell, Cowboys & Aliens, This is 40) and Rooster (played by Jimmy Tatro, Grown Ups 2), the latter being a prime suspect of the investigation. Jenko starts attending parties with the jocks who do not take as kindly to Schmidt. Meanwhile, Schmidt gets the attention of an art student, Maya (played by Amber Stevens, Greek and The Amazing-Spider Man), by feigning an interest in slam poetry. The two sleep together, to the disapproval of Maya’s roommate Mercedes (played by Jillian Bell, The Masters and Bridesmaids), and it is revealed that Maya is the daughter of the vehemently disapproving Captain Dickson. Despite sleeping together, Maya tells Schmidt not to take it seriously, and he starts to feel left out as Jenko bonds more and more with Zook who encourages him to join the football team.
Schmidt: Listen Mr. Walters, I should apologize.
Mr. Walters: For shootin’ my penis off? Don’t sweat it, they gave me a vagina. Hey guess what? I’m Eric’s bitch.
Eric: Umm no you’re not.
Schmidt and Jenko visit Mr. Walters (played by Rob Riggle, 21 Jump Street and The Hangover) and Eric (played by Dave Franco, 21 Jump Street and Neighbors) in jail for advice on how to look for the WHYPHY supplier. Walters notices a unique tattoo on the arm of the dealer in the photograph and insists that if they find the tattoo, they will have found their man. Whilst hanging out with Zook and Rooster, Jenko notices that Rooster does not have the tattoo but sees it on Zook’s arm. Schmidt and Jenko are invited to join the fraternity led by the jocks but Schmidt refuses, furthering the tension between the two. At a counselling session, they realise that perhaps Zook was buying the drugs rather than selling them, and soon after find Ghost and his men on campus. A chase ensues and Ghost again evades the pair. Jenko reveals to Schmidt that he’s been offered a football scholarship with Zook and is unsure whether or not he wants to continue to be a police officer. Schmidt decides for him by telling officers on the scene that Jenko had nothing to do with the melee caused by the chase. Immediately afterwards, Schmidt moves out of the dorm and Maya finds out who he really is. Dr. Murphy (played by Marc Evan Jackson, The Kings of Summer and Suit Up), a psychology professor, is deemed the supplier when traces of WHYPHY are found in his office. He is subsequently arrested and the case closed.
Schmidt, back on park patrol, realizes Ghost is the father of one of the students at the university after looking in the case file. Jenko spots WHYPHY circulating on campus again and determines the real supplier, still at large, will go down to Puerto Mexico on Spring Break to spread the drug to other schools. Jenko asks Schmidt for help so that the two can have one final mission together, and the pair head to the beach where Ghost is likely to be dealing WHYPHY. Inside a bar, they find Mercedes, revealed to be Ghost’s daughter, as the supplier giving instructions to other dealers. The pair, backed up by Dickson, ambush the meeting and give chase as they flee. Mercedes is able to handcuff Dickson and take him hostage, pursued by Schmidt. Meanwhile, Jenko goes after Ghost. After a fist fight with Mercedes, Schmidt is held at gunpoint by her but Maya sneaks up and knocks her out. Schmidt goes to help Jenko who is now on the roof of the college in pursuit of Ghost, who shoots Jenko in the shoulder. Ghost attempts to escape in a helicopter and Jenko jumps across to it but struggles to hold on with his injured arm. Schmidt makes the same jump and the two fall into the sea, but not before Jenko is able to throw a grenade into the helicopter, killing Ghost.
Back on land, Jenko tells Schmidt that he still wants to be a police officer as he believes their differences help their partnership, and the two reconcile in front of a cheering crowd. Dickson approaches them claiming to have a new mission undercover at a med school. During the credits, a series of mock sequels and vignettes are shown depicting the two going undercover in various places, such as culinary school, flight school, seminary (in which Schmidt is played by Seth Rogen (Neighbors and This is the End) due to a “contract dispute”), and space camp (2121 Jump Street). A franchise is also born from the events of the film, including an animated series, video games, and toys.
Over all the movie is definitely worth seeing. I laughed my butt off and so did my Dad. The drug in this movie is a lot like the drug in the other movie, except it’s affects seem to laugh just a bit longer. Plus it’s also homemade, nothing original there. The jokes and pop culture references are awesome to see and some of them are greatly timed (others are just awkward). The movie has a few moments where you just want things to pick up but they are short lived. The ending credits where we see so many other possible movies of Jump Street is by far the one the best ways to end the movie. Another highlight for me is when Schmidt and Jenko are in Dickson office and it’s right after Dickson learns that the girl Schmidt was bragging about banging is his daughter. Jenko is oblivious to this until the little alarm goes off and he goes nuts. Definitely a laughing so hard, crying moment. I give this movie 9 out of 10 stars. I knock a point off for the awkward lines and the fight scene at the end, it’s was uncomfortable.
Here is a cool article on the movie: http://popwatch.ew.com/2014/06/14/22-jump-street-references/