A large number of cinephiles who saw 21 Jump Street will have rejoiced at the news that rising stars Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill are to produce a sequel to their highly successful 2012 comedy.
Fresh from busting a high school drug-dealing ring in the first movie, the pair are back in a logical follow on. This time, the two unconventional and unruly policemen are sent by deputy chief Hardy (Nick Offerman) to university, where they try to expose a narcotics ring.
Quite frankly, it’s an unashamed rerun of the first film, but this time it’s bigger, better and funnier.
Produced by the two leading actors themselves, Tatum and Hill obviously know they’re on to a good thing – and it shows. Their characters play to their different strengths, with Tatum throwing himself into an undercover “jock” role while Hill plays college party animal Morton Schmidt as they try to catch the campus criminals.
But their different lifestyles at college inevitably lead to a questioning of their friendship and professional partnership. However, as fans of the first movie will know – it’s the brotherly chemistry between the two that realigns their friendship and, ultimately, really sells the film.
Review by Tom Robertson
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