Movie Review: 22 Jump Street (2014)

I think I forgot what was funny until I saw this movie. I laughed more at the ending credits than I did for the entirety of A Million Ways to Die in the West and Neighbors. Not only is this movie the funniest thing I have seen in quite some time but it also manages to blow the first one out of the water.

I don’t know if the writers are in their prime or if the actors felt unstoppable but I doubt anything as funny will be coming out anytime soon. The trailer was mildly humourous but it didn’t even come close to brilliance of this movie.

All the talent was utilized brilliantly. Of course, not everyone can be a main character but they made sure that everyone worth hearing from got to shine a little.

The humor was far more palatable for my poor sensibilities as well. There was very little potty humor and the sex jokes were as tasteful as sex jokes in a movie aimed at guys can be. Not once did I find myself trying to ignore a scene or pretending that I was completely cool with something happening.

There was an attempt at a larger theme but unlike other movies that have attempted a deeper meaning it actually delivered the message with a subtle hand. It didn’t throw it in our faces in the beginning, it didn’t forget about it in the middle, and it didn’t rush to conclude at the end.

The plot progressed at an engaging pace, contained reasonable amount of action, and didn’t muddy the scenes with too many camera tricks. I did find myself wishing the “Missing You” montage hadn’t happened because it felt like the slowest part of the movie. This was the only part of the movie that really dragged for me and made it hard for me to stay immersed but it was pretty necessary. But they did a good enough job wrapping it up that I can forgive them. The movie might have been a little too long but I can’t really see any scene that could be cut without detracting in some way.

Channing Tatum is actually really funny. I’m both proud and saddened with the movie for not giving me shirtless Channing to constantly drool over. Unlike another comedy that came out recentlyish that gave me plenty of ab time. Oh well, I got to see him parkour around campus which is a decent consolation prize.

Throughout the movie they made jokes about the possibility of a 23 Jump Street. I must say, if it is made with the caliber of humour 22 was then I will gladly pay to see it.

Verdict: Without a doubt the best movie I have reviewed so far. It will probably be some time before I see something that keeps me laughing as easily as this movie did.

Social Cues: Just go. Forget other people. People will get over it if they find something to be offended by. Go by yourself if you have to.


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