Opening with a television show's customary "Previously on..." recap, Deputy Chief Hardy (Nick Offerman) then sends them off with a wink to do exactly the same as they did before, but they'll have more money thrown at them this time. The audience is also warned that it's always worse the second time. Fortunately, that's very far from the case with Hill and Tatum on wonderful form again with their charming odd- couple relationship putting the 'romance' in bromance. They're both equally at home as comic actors eve with wince-inducing slapstick - most notably put to the test during an opening bust that recalls Beverley Hills Cop (1984). Knowing the genre like the back of their hands the directors balance childish humour with whip- smart asides and a tirade of visual gags, managing to keep all forms of comedy funny throughout.
To their immense credit, Lord and Miller even treat their supporting characters - played by the likes of Ice Cube and a Mexican Peter Stormare - to their share of chuckles. Arguably they save the best for last with an inspired credit sequence that promos the next dozen or so potential (ridiculous) sequels; it's all very meta, or course. Whether or not a third instalment ever arrives on screens, 22 Jump Street is hugely successful in retaining - and in many instances, improving upon - the qualities of it predecessor and pitching some jokes that will still have people chuckling for days afterwards.