This sequel to the hit action comedy 21 Jump Street is better all around: the pacing is more consistent, the sight gags more imaginative, the self-referential jokes sharper. Directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller make good on their background in animation (Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, The Lego Movie); the action sequences, unlike those of the first movie, have a sustained kinetic energy, and the throwaway gags are delivered at such breakneck speed that this occasionally evokes old Looney Tunes cartoons. Too often, though, the satire of action-movie bombast is indistinguishable from the bombast itself (large-scale destruction, over-loud sound effects, actors yelling all their dialogue). With Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube, and lots of stand-up comedians in supporting roles.
Director: Phil Lord and Christopher Miller
Producer: Neal H. Moritz, Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Stephen Cannell, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, Brian Bell, Tania Landau, Reid Carolin and Ben Waisbren
Cast: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Peter Stormare, Wyatt Russell, Amber Stevens, Jillian Bell, Ice Cube, Keith Lucas, Kenny Lucas, Nick Offerman, Jimmy Tatro, Caroline Aaron, Craig Roberts, Marc Jackson, Joe Chrest, Eddie Fernandez, Rye Rye, Johnny Pemberton, Stanley Wong and Dax Flame