Is the Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill sequel better than the 2012 remake?
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Best: Subversive takedown of the Hollywood sequel
Lord and Miller's current forte seems to be making virtues of their projects' lamest ideas, principally by acknowledging just how lame they are. Just as resuscitating a dated 80s cop show seemed a rather hare-brained move, a sequel seems pretty unnecessary on paper -- and "22 Jump Street" misses no opportunity to tell you just how redundant it is, with characters repeating ad nauseum the Hollywood mantra that if it worked before, it'll work again. There's a cheeky self-awareness, then, to the film's repetition -- it pokes fun both at the industry for its reliance on formula, at itself for complying with formula, and at us for enjoying it once more. That would all be very smugly meta without the binding human element of its protagonists' relationship -- the one element of the sequel that moves consciously forward from its predecessor. Look and learn, Hollywood.
- Guy Lodge