22 Jump Street (2014)
Starring: Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill
22 Jump Street is about as perfect a sequel as one could wish for the screwball farce comedy that its predecessor was. Not a single scene in this movie is played straight. Every single second someone is doing something to remind us that this movie is pointless and does not deserve to be taken seriously, and therein lies its greatness. There’s all sorts of great in jokes about everything being exactly the same as the first time around, and budget cuts etc… The best part of the movie by far is in the credits reel where they show previews for the next thirty or so entries into this series. That’s not a knock on the rest of the movie though, as I found it to be a laugh riot all the way up to that point as well. This series has done a tremendous job of over-delivering on expectations. I remember no one thought the first one was going to be any good, and then it was, and then when the sequel was announced there was just this lingering feeling in the air that a giant turd was about to be dropped, but instead, I think you could arguably make the case that this movie is indeed better than the first 21 Jump Street if only because it seems even more self aware with its shenanigans than the first one did. As a “turn your brain off” comedy this movie flat out works, and as a biting piece of satire on the business of action movies and sequels, it works even better. Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum have real comedic chemistry, and Ice Cube is also great as the hardass boss of their outfit. Go see this one, and the original if you haven’t already.