Another movie night with Dad! Don’t worry kids, this one’s relatively safe to watch with your parents. No awkward breast milking scenes like that one in Neighbors, although Seth Rogen’s pun-filled freak out made it all worth it.
Captain Dickson (Ice Cube) gives the duo their latest gloriously f-bomb-riddled assignment: go undercover at MC State to find the dealer of a study drug called “WHYPHY” that killed a student on campus. The acronym stands for “Work Hard? Yes. Play Hard? Yes.” Sounds like caveman language or an Internet meme, or both.
The lesser known “Caves of Let’s Get Wasted”
Jenko and Schmidt’s partnership falters as they navigate college. On the football field, Jenko meets his other half Zook (Wyatt Russell) via a hilariously elaborate set up all to work in the phrase “meet cute.” By night Jenko sets beer drinking and parkour records at Zook’s fraternity house, and Schmidt drinks Merlot while critiquing napkin art at the art school.
Jenko spends every waking moment with his new “no friction” friend Zook. Schmidt finally confronts him in a scene full of double entendres which concludes in the decision to “investigate other people” and have a “more open investigation.” Gold. The two continue their search for the drug dealer, all while trying not to destroy too much school property and convince skeptical students they’re not really old.
Hill and Tatum are basically pseudo-romantic leads in this movie, and they have great chemistry. A few comedic scenes lagged or just weren’t funny, but the movie always picked back up with a scene that poked fun at Hill and Tatum’s partnership. Far and away, every scene with Ice Cube and his eye-brow-scowl face was fantastic. He probably single-handedly gave this movie its R rating.
The fedora factor, though
I also appreciated the movie’s self-awareness; Deputy Chief Hardy (Nick Offerman) would deadpan lines about how a plot point was being recycled or how this was the exact same case from the high school investigation in 21 Jump Street.
In a sequel movie of a reboot, the cards are pretty stacked against you. The movie creators sprinkled other characters into a formula that worked already–the Hill/Tatum bromance, Ice Cube rants, Tatum’s dumb jockitude–all without ruining it. They also worked in some entertaining two-way split screens, my particular favorite the one comparing Schmidt’s bad drug trip with Jenko’s great one. Creed is involved.
Thank you Photoshop for all you do
Definitely stay and watch the credits roll! Our heroes are back together again for spoofs 23-32 Jump Street, each with their own ridiculous movie cover.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Cast & Credit Info
Top billed cast: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube. Directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. Written by Michael Bacall, Oren Uziel, and Rodney Rothman. Run time 112 minutes. R. English.