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Parents' Guide to

22 Jump Street

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Funny sequel is just as crude, over-the-top as the first.

Movie R 2014 112 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 22 parent reviews

age 16+

Strong sexual references

Started watching with my 12 and 16 year olds based on the previous reviews however had to turn it off not long after it started due to strong sexual references/language. It is certainly not appropriate for a 12 year old. We didn’t watch much so don’t know what else inappropriate content it may contain.
age 2+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (22 ):
Kids say (64 ):

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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