Reeling - Rene Rodriguez

June 15, 2014

22 Jump Street (R)

“Do the same thing as the last time, and everyone will be happy,” Deputy Chief Hardy (Nick Offerman) tells officers Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) at the start of 22 Jump Street. Hardy is referring to their new assignment — pose as college students, track down drug traffickers and bust their supplier, just like they did at a high school in the smash hit 21 Jump Street. But Hardy is also referring to the nature of sequels, comedies in particular, which often try to repeat the success of the preceding hit by trotting out the same jokes. “It’s always worse the second time around,” Hardy says, the first of the movie’s countless meta-moments.

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