Absolutely hilarious, and actually pretty smart.
I absolutely loved the first one and it was one of the best of 2012 to me, so when I heard about this, I was really excited but also kind of scared because it seems like one of those movies where anything that they try would feel like a total letdown. And I'm happy to say that I was so wrong, because I could not stop laughing. This is definitely the best comedy of the year, and also the best comedy since The World's End (not This Is the End, although that was great also). It's like they took everything that worked about the original movie and made amped it up and took out the stuff that didn't work. For example, there are even more meta jokes and in-jokes relating to the actors and also some pretty sweet cameos. My biggest problem about 21 Jump Street was that there were too many dick jokes and they became a bit too tiresome, and they fixed that here. Obviously there are still tons of raunchy jokes, but they work super well. The whole creative team is back for this one, and it shows, because it's the same type of fun humor and it definitely knows what it is. The pacing is perfect and like always Phil Lord and Chris Miller have such terrific comedic timing that everything has such a terrific energy. Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum have completely flawless chemistry and like the first movie, they work so incredibly well together that I can't imagine these movies without them. Everyone else is good here as well, but the true standout is Jillian Bell. I don't think that I've ever seen her before but she's absolutely hysterical, playing a smart-ass deadpan girl that just hates Jonah Hill with a passion. Everything she says is so well timed and her delivery is terrific. Ice Cube was also hilarious in the first movie, but he gets even more stuff to do here and there's one particular scene where he just absolutely kills it. Also, the credits are SO funny. It proves that this movie really never runs out of steam, and make sure that you stay after the credits, because there is a funny little tidbit there as well. If I have one problem, it's that there is no mentioning of some of the previous characters from 21 Jump Street, which is odd because they were main characters. Brie Larson's character is never acknowledged at all, which is weird because she became Jonah Hill's love interest, so I don't even know what happened to her. However, there are some really funny (and sometimes subtle) jokes references the first movie, whether it be a set piece or a particular shot. It starts off a little shaky but it finds its footing extremely quickly and never goes downhill. I really do hope that they make more of these movies (which they more than likely will), but it's their wit and self-referential humor that sets them apart from other stuff. 9.2/10, amazing, two thumbs up, far above average, etc.
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