I will be brief: On the one hand, I can appreciate the tongue-in-cheek references to big box-office sequels. We can almost chuckle at how the film beats a dead horse with constant quips about formula plots and increased production budgets…almost. Honestly, I really could have appreciated all the wink-and-a-smile,‘breaking-the-fourth-wall’ references if filmmakers had put an iota of thought into the script. It’s all well and good to joke about how sequels are more expensive, less amusing repeats of the original, but to then go ahead an actually be just that is mind-boggling. It would seem the joke is on us.
The boys are back. Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) head back to school--college this time--to track down a drug ring responsible for distributing the latest designer drug, why-phy (short for work hard yes, play hard yes). Yes, there are other characters involved; but the nicest thing I can say about them is that they were forgettable.
The one shining light in this imbecilic movie is Jillian Bell as a caustic college student who seems to be the only kid on campus to realize that Schmidt doesn’t pass for college age. Her litany of insults almost makes the film worth seeing. As the final credits role, the film humorously highlights possible schools to be settings for sequels: medical school, military school, culinary school. We can only hope they were kidding. It’s a 3.