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22 Jump Street (D). Mercy sakes alive, I saw this movie a week ago and I’m just now getting around to reviewing it? This won’t be easy, because 22 Jump Street was not really designed to be a memorable movie-going experience. If I had to guess, I’d say it was really designed to hoover up lots of dollars out of the wallets of average joes like me who enjoyed 21 Jump Street decently well. Anyway, IMDb.com is helping me remember that in this sequel, goofball cop partners Schmidt (Jonah Hill, This Is the End) and Jenko (Channing Tatum, Side Effects) go undercover, posing as college students in order to find and bust the supplier of a new and dangerous drug. They embrace their secret identities a little too thoroughly, causing a rift between them that they really need to heal before the climactic bust. It’s pretty much same as the first movie, only not very funny. Most of the laughs come from a palpably miserable college student named Mercedes (Jillian Bell, The Master), who does a couple of funny extended riffs (a la Melissa McCarthy) on how Schmidt looks way too old to be a college student. And Ice Cube (Three Kings) was pretty funny as the perpetually-angry police captain. He probably had to have that scowl surgically removed after this shoot was over.