22 Jump Street ★★★½

I'd say this one has more laugh out loud moments than the first, but it gets too bogged down in in-jokes and being self-referential to have anywhere near the same narrative strength - things just seem to happen for no real reason other than "it's funny and similar to what happened in the first one/we're taking the piss out of the tropes sequels use" and several major characters seem to purely exist as plot devices. Fortunately Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum still have great chemistry and comic timing, Ice Cube has some pretty hilarious scenes, and overall the whole "we realise that this is the same thing as the original just with a bigger budget so we're going to constantly acknowledge it" thing is pretty funny most of the time. I just wish the story had been tighter and more focused.