Jonah Hill/Channing Tatum are back as Jenko and Schmidt. Dominating high school was a breeze until the True Romance homage finale now Captain Dickson (Ice Cube) sends them to...college to go undercover and bring down ANOTHER drug deal. Right off the bat, I could tell this had a better foundation to build upon as they go all in to satirizing sequelitis that has fallen upon today's Hollywood.
Teasing the audience and reminding that it's demographic is in on the joke. Every scene sets up to spoof the action genre and fraternities. One scene defines is a chase scene that on the brisk shooting of a chase, the pricy budget that makes you laugh out loud with the close-ups, aerial and establishing shots.
The cliche story is just there for the cast to have a little fun improvising in each scene. Tatum/Hill have the yin/yang buddy cop formula down to a T. Effortlessly bouncing off ach other through each stagy argument, conversation or action scene. Ice Cube clearly has the comedic chops to pull off their captain that swears, yells at his team even puts it to an extreme breakdown at a hotel buffet.
Lord and Miller continue to twist upon the spoof genre with Michael Bay-inspired action sequences, tongue-in-cheek writing, a cast that delivers on every step and an ending that alone will draw tears to your eyes from all the laughing.
22 Jump Street rips on unnecessary sequels with ease. Satirizing every minute with inventive action, sidesplitting laughs that make you think maybe the genre is revived. Maybe it's...something cool.