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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Amid the over-the-top shenanigans is the message that to be successful, partners must communicate well with each other, be unafraid about being honest, and be willing to compromise. Also, loyalty matters -- and don't do drugs.
Positive Role Models
Schmidt and Jenko make plenty of mistakes, but they also treat each other like brothers and watch out for each other (most of the time).
Violence & Scariness
Gun fights and fist fights, plus a car chase and an explosion or two. People get shot and hurt, but there's little blood, and the violence is cartoonish and sometimes played for laughs. A man and a woman get into a tussle, with the woman being the main aggressor. A kidnapping by fraternity brothers. In one scene, a young boy shoots a gun (at inanimate objects).
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A couple of college kids are shown waking up in bed together, wearing underwear. One scene shows a man pretending to perform a sex act on another. Lots of sexual innuendo/sexual references. One of the main characters sleeps with a supervisor's daughter. A woman alternates between hitting a man and asking him to sleep with her. One scene shows a young boy shooting a gun at sex toys. Women in skimpy swimsuits.
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Very frequent use of a wide range of swear words, including "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," "bitch," "p---y," and more. A homophobic slur is also used, and there are some jokes with a homoerotic subtext that may strike some viewers as uncomfortable/tasteless.
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Products & Purchases
Product names/labels shown or mentioned include Sony, Under Armour, Nike, Vaio, Doritos, Lamborghini, Riddell, and more.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
As in the first movie, much of the plot revolves around a drug; this time, one known as "WHYPHY" (Ecstasy plus Adderall). A girl dies because of the drug, and there's a scene in which Scmidt and Jenko accidentally take it and get high. They both "trip out"; nobody gets hurt, but they’re obviously affected by it. Also several big parties at which college students, some underage, drink lots of beer and other liquor. One fraternity hazing scene is a ritual of increasing inebriation.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this sequel to 2012's hit 21 Jump Street is nearly as hilarious -- and easily as crass. Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill return as undercover cops Schmidt and Jenko; their bromance is one of the franchise's main selling points, and they keep it going here. Expect tons of lewd and crude jokes about sex, college, work, and the like (some jokes about a strong friendship between two guys have a homophobic subtext that comes off as overly tasteless/uncomfortable instead of funny). There isn't much nudity, but couples are seen in their underwear, presumably post hook-up; co-eds converge on a spring break beach community in skimpy bathing suits; and one scene shows a man pretending to perform a sex act on another. There's also action movie-style violence, from gun fights and hand-to-hand combat to car chases and explosions, but mostly portrayed in a cartoonish fashion and is played for laughs. Prepare for loads of swearing -- including "s--t," "bitch," and many variations on "f--k" -- and some underage drinking at college parties. As in the first one, the plot has a drug-related focus (the guys are investigating a new recreational drug that killed a college student). To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Sequels rarely trump originals, especially when the first movies are as laugh-out-loud funny as 21 Jump Street was -- and 22 JUMP STREET is no exception to the rule. Though it's funny enough, especially when in massive "meta" mode -- one brilliant bit has characters commenting on everything from set design to the wastefulness of having the captain wear $800 sneakers that won't even be seen in the frame -- its comedic punches don't have the same power as its predecessor.
For starters, there are the jokes that border on homophobia. Ostensibly, the movie has Jenko gaining new insight into his own use of slur words, and yet his friendship with Zook is mined endlessly (and sometimes clunkily) for homoerotic jokes. Still, 22 Jump Street continues to successfully explore the complexities of male friendships (Tatum and Hill should bottle their chemistry). And the wild-and-wacky, anything-goes vibe that gifted the first film with such zest does run through this sequel, too, especially as Jenko and Schmidt navigate a new world order of earnest-but-crazy college professors, manic dorm-mates (shout-out to the Yang brothers, played with absolute hilarity by the Lucas twins), and dating confusion. But as one character jokes in the film, follow-ups are never as good as the first time. When the best joke turns out to be the film's closing credits (which take closing credits to another level), you know that lightning may have struck close by, but not in exactly the same spot.
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