The Grade Book: “22 Jump Street”

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’22 Jump Street’ Returns for Repeat Comedy

Plot: Graduating from their high school case in 21 Jump Street, Jenko (Channing Tatum) and Schmidt (Jonah Hill) return to crack a drug case at a local college.

Director: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller

Writers: Michael Bacall, Oren Uziel, Rodney Rothman

Cast: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube

Genre: Comedy

Running Time:  1 hours, 52 minutes

U.S. Release Date: June 13, 2014

MPAA Rating: R




(Lowest Grade: F, Highest Grade: A)

CONSENSUS: 22 Jump Street is self-aware that it’s the same plot as the last one. Some will call it lazy scripting. Others will find it nearly as entertaining as the first. Regardless, Ice Cube appears to be a favorite even outshining Tatum and Hill.


Critic Reviews for “22 Jump Street”


Joseph Akers

Grade: B-

22 Jump Street was a great follow-up from 21 Jump Street. I would have to say 21 Jump Street is a lot better. 22 Jump Street’s best redeeming quality was Ice Cube. Although I did like this movie, I was still disappointed due to the less amount of comedy.

Gabriel Alcantara

Grade: A-

Sure, Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum make an awesome comedic duo. Sure, this sequel is just as hilarious and raunchy as the original and is clever enough to mock the idea of sequels in general. Sure, like the first film, there are some gags that miss the mark. But, like in the first film, my man Ice Cube is on point and steals the show in true gangsta fashion. 

Tony Estrada

Grade: C-

I came into this comedy sequel very skeptical, but at the same time was hoping it would really surprise me. Unfortunately it doesn’t. This sequel is exactly what I expected it to be which I am sad to say. It’s the exact same storyline as the original. The humor is nowhere near as hilarious compared to the fantastic humor in 21 Jump Street. Most of the humor really falls flat and the film sometimes can just get all over the place. I only laughed very hard at maybe three moments, while scenes here and there made me laugh mildly.

Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum still have really good chemistry. The action sequences and party scenes are a lot of fun to watch. I appreciate the fact the sequel is aware that it’s the same thing. At the same time, it wouldn’t kill the writers to at least try to be more creative and try something different instead of being lazy creating a rehash of a film with few differences in it. The scene with Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum visiting Rob Riggle and Dave Franco in jail is the worst scene of the whole film. The scene itself came off as disturbing and not funny at all.

The character that pokes fun at the fact that Jonah Hill is old was getting a little repetitive too. Most of all though, this is a nearly 2 hour comedy sequel that fails to make me laugh for the most part. The end credits scene wasn’t even funny at all. Overall, It’s just a very lame comedy sequel. Not terrible but just lame and mediocre. 21 Jump Street being one of my favorite films of 2012, it’s such a shame that the sequel didn’t deliver just like the original in my opinion.

Chad Gleason

Grade: F

Wow. And I thought the first film was terrible. Just wow. This was awful. Did five-year-olds write this?

Leah Hather

Grade: A

A strong sequel that has you laughing all the way to the end, even the end credits. A film that’s brave enough to say ‘this is the same film people’ through the mocking of the film industry. A must watch for Hill and Tatum’s bromance alone, not forgetting any scene in which Ice Cube is in.

Mike Holtz

Grade: A

Copy and paste same formula with new jokes and it still manages to be even funnier than the first film.

Zachary Marsh

Grade: B+

It’s not as great as the first movie. The first half was just mildly good for me. But once a certain scene involving Jonah Hill’s parents comes into the mix, the film immediately picked up for me and made me laugh out loud on multiple occasions. There are also some funny ass cameos and a really inventive (though a bit too much after a little while) end credit sequence that just further proves how self aware Phil Lord and Chris Miller are. The end credit scene was dumb, but really funny in my opinion. Not as great as it could have been. This is definitely a satisfactory sequel in my eyes. FULL REVIEW

Matt Marshall

Grade: B-

22 Jump Street is self-aware of being a bigger film than the last. Many of the in-jokes address that fact. The only issue is it doesn’t know when to quit. We get it. Bigger budget. Wink-wink. More special effects. Does the humor really to lean excessively on this? FULL REVIEW

Scott Menzel

Grade: D

I have watched a ton of sequels and while many attempt to be self aware and clever, this one misses the boat entirely. While I will admit that Tatum and Hill have amazing chemistry and Ice Cube steals the show, the rest of the film is the definition of beating a dead horse. The film keeps telling the audience that “it’s a sequel” to the point that you don’t even really give two shits as to what is happening. If that isn’t bad enough, the film has the exact same plot of the first film and gets by simply by repeating the same gags over and over again.

Ultimately, what it comes down to is that the film has a script that thinks it is funnier and way more clever than it actually is. This sequel is a huge disappointment and I am truly amazed how so many people are raving about it when it is simply just more of the same. FULL REVIEW

Austin Putnam

Grade: A

Now this is how a comedy sequel should be done. The “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it formula” works as a huge benefit to 22 Jump Street. I thought Bad Words was the funniest movie of the year. Well, 22 Jump Street is the new comedy to beat.

Bryan Sudfield

Grade: A-

A strong sequel and I don’t remember the last time I laughed very hard in a movie. Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum once again work fantastic together. Everyone did great in the film. That’s due to both the fantastic screenplay and Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s fantastic direction.

I love that the movie was self-aware of what it was and that didn’t detract from the movie. There were just a few jokes that didn’t work, but I’ll admit that the first film is better than this one. This is the funniest film of the year so far. If you loved the first one, you’ll enjoy this one very much!


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