Kernel Rating (out of 5):
MPAA Rating: R Length: 112 minutes
Age Appropriate For: 17+. The film is not as egregious of an R rating as something like “Neighbors,” but it’s still not necessarily appropriate for younger teenagers. The main characters are investigating a drug that has killed a college student; there are multiple shootouts, bullet wounds, and car chases; prevailing sexual humor and sexual sight gags; and lots of cursing. The film is about on par with its predecessor.
‘22 Jump Street’ is not as memorably hilarious as its surprisingly successful predecessor, but it’s a solid follow-up. Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill continue to be strangely magical in their roles as sometimes-brilliant cops, even though the film sometimes drags.
By Roxana Hadadi
2012’s “21 Jump Street” was an improbable hit—who could have ever guessed that the remake with Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill would be so successful? And yet it jettisoned the stars in impressive ways: Tatum is now everywhere, starring in dramas and action films and riding on a tide of goodwill, whereas Hill recently received a second Oscar nomination. But the chemistry between the two of them—that’s still magical, and it’s the best part of “22 Jump Street.”