Hill, Tatum reunite to spoof and mock sequels in '22 Jump Street'

Wed Jun 11, 2014 10:52am EDT
 
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By Patricia Reaney

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Actors Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum are back undercover as bumbling cops masquerading as college students to crack a campus drug ring in the action comedy "22 Jump Street," which pokes fun at sequels and lampoons the pair's bromance.

The plot will be familiar to fans of 2012's "21 Jump Street," an R-rated, box office hit that earned $200 million worldwide and followed the duo's slapstick antics as they returned to high school for a similar assignment.

In "22 Jump Street," which opens in U.S. theaters on Friday, they are odd-couple roommates and best buddies trying to discover who is supplying college students with a powerful new drug called WHYPHY.

"I think we always thought we had a bit of handcuffs on in the first movie, being in high school and obviously the underage thing, and going to college would be a little bit more wild," said Tatum, 34, best known for "White House Down" and "Magic Mike."

The sequel puts the actors in a role reversal from the first film, in which Tatum's Jenko had difficulty fitting in and double Oscar nominee Hill ("The Wolf of Wall Street" and "Moneyball") as Schmidt was the popular guy.

This time around Tatum's hunky, dim-witted Jenko, blends in with the frat boys, becomes a football star and finds a kindred spirit in quarterback Zook, played by Wyatt Russell ("Cowboys & Aliens").

"I am the first person in my family to pretend to go to college," says an emotional Jenko.

The nerdy, needy Schmidt is left on the sidelines so he seeks solace with the artsy crowd and in the arms of student Maya, played by Amber Stevens ("The Amazing Spider-Man").   Continued...

 
Cast members Jonah Hill (L) and Channing Tatum pose at the premiere of "22 Jump Street" in Los Angeles, California June 10, 2014.  REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni