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The first clip from 22 Jump Street is… let’s be safe and call it a bit insensitive. Here we see the returning cops played by Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum as they attempt to talk their way into checking out a load of contraband. To make this happen, Hill adopts the look and accent of a Latino street gang member, leaving Tatum scrambling to catch up. Check out the comic conversation below. Read More »

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November 2013 might not seem like a long time ago, but for directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller the months between then and now are like a lifetime. At the time, they were hard at work shooting 22 Jump Street, the highly anticipated sequel to their surprise 2012 hit. Simultaneously, they were still approving shots for the yet-to-open The Lego Movie. In the interim, The Lego Movie became an international phenomenon, anointing the pair as Hollywood’s current “It” directors. (Now they’re rumored to be up for Ghostbusters 3.)

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Still unsure what to make of 22 Jump Street? Directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord have you right where they want you.

“Everything we’ve ever done has been riding on low expectations,” Miller said. “Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs? A terrible idea. Doing 21 Jump Street as a movie is a terrible idea. The Lego Movie sounds like a terrible idea. If people think this is a good idea, we’re screwed. Because we all know that sequels are terrible, right?”

“We are here to lower your expectations,” Lord added. “You need to go back and write about how you’re not really sure. It might not be that good.”

It’s November 10, 2013 and Miller and Lord joke are joking about 22 Jump Street in between takes on New Orleans set of the sequel. The anticipation is a stark contrast to 2012, when most people instantly wrote off a remake of a ‘90s TV show starring that guy from Step Up and the loser in Superbad. We now know 21 Jump Street became a monster hit that surprised audiences with its audacity, subversion and comedy. That unexpected but welcome success had fans and the studio clamoring for a sequel. However, no one behind the scenes wanted to make one unless they could surprise audiences again.

Fast forward to day 33 of a 55-day shoot on the set of 22 Jump Street. Sure the film is a sequel to a remake of a ’90s TV show, but after seeing two scenes filmed, each featuring hilarious jokes, an awkward self-awareness and lots of surprises, I have bad news for Mr. Lord: expectations have actually been raised.

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