DETROIT (WWJ) – Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum return as boyish-faced police officers in 22 Jump Street, the follow-up to the hit 2012 film, 21 Jump Street. And, Ice Cube returns as their boss, the no-nonsense Captain Dickson.

Dickson sends officers Schmidt (Hill) and Jenko (Tatum) to college in search of a drug dealer. Just as in the first film, Dickson is once again, hot headed and mean, but his character is expanded more this time around.

“Ice Cube gets to play a lot of different dimensions in this film,” according to Hill. “He has something go wrong in his life in this film that is truly one of my favorite things that I’ve ever seen. And, I think he really comes to life in this movie as a three-dimensional character. You really get to see him with his family, and (he says, laughing) he’s so amazing, he’s so funny.”

Ice Cube in Columbia Pictures' "22 Jump Street," starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum.

Ice Cube in Columbia Pictures’ “22 Jump Street,” starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum.

Of course, neither Hill nor I can reveal what actually happens with Cube’s character, but suffice it to say, it’s one of the funniest scenes in the movie. And Jenko certainly makes the best of it, hamming it up big time while going for laughs – which he has no problem getting at all. And even though Dickson is a mean son-of-a-gun, he also has no problem drawing laughter from moviegoers.

22 Jump Street is not only funny, it’s smart and it comes with a few surprises. But, considering that the team behind it includes Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, who struck gold earlier this year with “The Lego Movie,” that isn’t at all surprising. In addition to “The Lego Movie, Lord and Miller are the team behind “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,” their first film.

“I think the audience will be so excited to see this movie,” Hill says. “It’s just bigger and crazier and it’s a giant action movie, and a giant comedy and … it’s just fun. If you wanna go and have the most fun time and enjoy yourself, you will have a blast watching this movie.”

I have to agree.  And when the credits start to roll, don’t be too anxious to rush out of the theater.  Watching them is half the fun!

Be sure to tune in to WWJ Newsradio 950 every Friday at 2:40pm for my weekly look at the movies with Midday Anchor Jackie Paige.

See you at the movies!

22 Jump Street is Rated R.

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