22 Jump Street

Director:

P. Lord and C. Miller

Producer:

C. Tatum and N. Moritz

Year:

2014

Distributor:

Columbia Pictures

Country:

USA

Running time:

112 min

Genre:

Comedy

Format:

Colour

Availability:

DVD, Blu-Ray

Keywords:

fraternities, university athletics, Liberal arts, football
Summary:
This sequel to 21 Jump Street (Chris Miller, Phil Lloyd, 2012) repeats the same improbable plot — a couple of high school kids are enlisted by the police to pose as high school students to infiltrate a drug ring operating in the school — but this time the dynamic duo are sent into a college to sniff out the weed merchants.
Teaching Notes:
Portrayal of higher education and student life:
Like the majority of films intended for teenagers, depictions of college life are no different than high school, with the exception that the wild parties can be held in dorm rooms and frat houses as opposed to your parent's basement. Oh, and don't do drugs.

Films which challenge, ridicule or defeat ideologies of the privileged elements of society — including the so-called intellectual elites — have always been a Hollywood staple. This has created a similar tendency in Hollywood films depicting higher education, represented in this film by its portrayal of how these two teenage street-smart cop-buddies — Schmidt and Jenko — outmatch any privileged college student in the most important aspects of (Hollywood) college life: one becomes a star player on the football team, the other wins the heart of an aloof and intellectual art student despite his rough and ready ways. The boys attend a modern Poetry reading, providing another opportunity to ridicule (using a tactic they would have picked up in primary school during recess) those latte-sippping liberal arts elites. Later, in a scene depicting a stereotyped college lecture, the professor is depicted as an inept and unctuous buffoon, who is quickly hoisted on his own podium by the plain old street smarts and practical know-how of our crime-busting, gun-toting undercover undergrads.