For once, 22 Jump Street seems to have done the R-rated comedy sequel right. Not only is the movie doing great in reviews – currently it has 86% on Rotten Tomatoes – it’s also heading for a strong opening weekend.
Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum bro-ing it up in college is just like Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum bro-ing it up in high school.
According to Deadline, both Jump Streetand the other wide release this weekend – How to Train Your Dragon 2 – are expected to top $50 million over the three day period, so it should be a tight race for the top spot.
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Ahead of the big weekend, everyone loves Jump Street. Well, reviewers do at least. The NY Times' Manohla Dargis sums up the movie’s quick, joke-heavy story: “More is more and is, at times, just right in “22 Jump Street,” an exploding piñata of gags, pratfalls, winking asides, throwaway one-liners and self-reflexive waggery.”
So, it’s kind of like 21 Jump Street, only better, apparently. The thing that sets this one apart from the original, is how very meta the story is. So if you love self-aware, self-referential humor, well, there’s plenty of that. Per Entertainment Weekly’s Chris Nashawati: “To cover up the script's lack of originality, screenwriters Michael Bacall, Oren Uziel, and Rodney Rothman pummel us with a string of self-aware meta-commentary jokes that poke fun at bloated sequels.”
Watch the 22 Jump Street trailer below.
So nobody is calling this a work of comedic genius. As lazy sequels go, however, 22 Jump Streetis one of the better ones. The part everyone seems divided on is whether the sequel is fresh enough to merit its own existance. Forbes' Mark Hughes calls the flick "a hilarious, entertaining mix of irreverent humor and powerful chemistry between its two leads." The sequel "takes what worked in the first film and duplicates it, but in a way that's at once self-aware to the point of milking lots of laughs from the repeat elements, yet actually does find an entirely different spin on that material, while introducing plenty of new bits as well," he writes.
The bottom line, per Hughes’review, is: "if you liked or loved the first film, you're probably going to like this one and might even love it."