For Father's Day this Sunday my Dad and I went to go see 22 Jump Street. I have got to say I laughed for a straight 2 hours. I think the best part of the movie was the fact that they make fun of themselves in it. They are well aware of the fact that it is a sequel to a comedic action movie and they poke fun at the stereotypes. They know that you know you are watching a sequel. It is hard to explain but once you watch it it makes sense.
If you aren't familiar with the first one, it follows two terrible cops, Jenko and Schmidt, as they go undercover in a high school looking for drug dealers. Along the way they caught up with the social drama of high school, cliques, relationships, etc. The second one follows the same duo as they go off to college (undercover) to look for a new drug dealer.
It follows the first one to an exact T and they make fun of themselves constantly for being so similar to the first one. The movie starts off with a "Previously on 21 Jump Street..." just like many television shows do, paying homage to the fact that this series started off on the smaller screen. There are many other hidden clues and jokes within the script reflecting other TV shows, celebrities, etc. There are also Easter Eggs that relate back to the first 21 Jump Street which makes it 10 times funnier.
The characters in the film all point out the absurdity of the entire scenario on numerous occasions, making fun of them being old and looking like 30 year olds, referencing cops, etc. This all ties into the fact that the movie is making fun of itself.
While this sequel does have a similar structure and plot line there are a few twists here and there in the story. The whole time in the back of your head you are trying to figure out who the drug dealer is. And when you think you have figured it out they actually switch it up so you are wrong! However, it was slightly predictable who the dealer was but I loved the suspense.
The ending credits were probably the best part because they, once again, make fun of the idea of sequels and how they go on forever. They act as though there are going to be a 23 Jump Street, 24 Jump Street, etc all the way until like 39 Jump Street. Each one has a different theme: Medical School, Magic School, Army School, etc. They even have famous actors come in and pretend to play people and they make fun of contract renewing. All in all I think this movie was hysterical and takes a really unique twist on a classic sequel.
Have you seen any awesome movies lately?