22 Jump Street

Movie review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Funny sequel is just as crude, over-the-top as the first.
  • R
  • 2014
  • 112 minutes
Popular with kidsParents recommend

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 16 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 45 reviews

A lot or a little?

Parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive messages

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 & representations

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

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).

Sex

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.

Language

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.

Consumerism

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.

What 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).

User Reviews

Educator Written byDr. Nesmith June 14, 2014

Not too bad

as the adminastrator of the middle school where im from, i'd say that the movie isnt too bad in terms of sex, and violence. The sex in the movie is some co...
Adult Written byThat90sguy June 14, 2014

Great Fun!

A popular new drug across a college campus has been dubbed WHYFHY(wi-fi) and its up to 2 undercover cops to find the dealer, and prevent this drug from becoming...
Teen, 15 years old Written byazjoker1 June 15, 2014

Appropriate for teens and really funny

If your teenager is mature enough they should do fine with this movie. To overprotective parents, please go see this movie if you're on the fence about it,...
Teen, 13 years old Written byrosieh2001 June 13, 2014

Amazing

22 Jump street is one of the funniest movies I've seen in a long time. In terms of age appropriate i am 13 and i saw it even though it's a 15, persona...

What's the story?

Hapless-but-hilarious detectives Jenko (Channing Tatum) and Schmidt (Jonah Hill) are back as partners on the crime beat. This time, they're taking their dubious undercover police work to college, where a new drug, dubbed WHYPHY (as in "work hard, yes, play hard, yes"), has taken the life of one co-ed. The captain (Ice Cube) wants them on the case, so off to the dorms they go. But Jenko's budding bro-ship with a football teammate, Zook (Wyatt Russell), who's also the head of a frat that wants Jenko to join them, is icing out Schmidt.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the fact that, while 22 Jump Street has gun fights, they're played with loads of machismo and humor. Does that diminish the grittiness of the violence? Or its impact?

  • One one hand, the movie has a subplot about one character discovering the destructiveness of certain slur words, and yet these moments are played for laughs. Is that effective -- or even appropriate?

  • What does 22 Jump Street have in common with other buddy comedies? How is it better or worse?

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