’22 Jump Street': Can You Spot All the Easter Eggs & References?

Published 11 months ago by , Updated June 12th, 2014 at 1:18 pm,


A lot of people are going to come to 22 Jump Street expecting the usual hijinks; few will go in knowing just how dense the movie is. As they admit in the video interview above, Chris Miller and Phil Lord (directors of both Jump Street installments and The LEGO Movie) have treated this sequel like a Trojan horse, jam-packed with homages and winks at iconic films or directors – especially within the action genre.

When we sat down with Lord and Miller during the 22 Jump Street junket in NYC, we asked point-blank if the forthcoming DVD/Blu-ray releases would offer some kind of feature listing all of the hidden references and Easter eggs in the movie; according to them, we shouldn’t hold our collective breath waiting for that to happen. After all, why would they go through all that extra effort when there’s the Internet around to do it for them?

That is where YOU come in, dear reader: Chris Miller and Phil Lord (and us here at Screen Rant) want to challenge you to help spot all the references and Easter eggs in 22 Jump Street.

If you think you spotted a moment in the film that paid homage to a particular movie or director, drop us a line in the comment section. We’ll compile all the Easter eggs and references into a nice handy list (see below), and it should all come together relatively easily if fans all contribute.

22 Jump Street Easter eggs & References

22 Jump Street Easter eggs and Refrences 22 Jump Street: Can You Spot All the Easter Eggs & References?

We’ll start you off with a freebee:

  1. Bad Boys homage: As Schmidt and Jenko head to spring break, their plane flies over the sign for Mexico in an upward angle shot that is a clear nod to Michael Bay’s Bad Boys.
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The rest, as you can see, is up to you.


22 Jump Streetwill be in theaters on June 13th, 2014.

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  1. Jenko suggests he and Schmit enter the Secret Service and protect the White House, it “seemed like a good idea”. Clear reference and nod to White house down.

  2. (you need to post SPOILER ALERT tag, dude)

    What I saw :

    1. Annie Hall reference in 21 Jump Street recap.

    2. The botched disguise that lead to the cops clinging on the truck chase in the beginning is a nod to Beverly Hills Cop

    3. Somebody pointed out that the 2nd chase with Ghost and the heroes passed a “Benjamin Hill Film Studies” building. Clearly a nod to the “The Benny Hill Show”

    4. Of course there are TONS of easter eggs in the end credit scenes. I must see the movie again to note them.

  3. There’s a Gambit reference in the credit scene. Not sure what-number-jump-street was it.

  4. Kofi, your my hero! Your movie knowledge is ‘Amazing.’. My wife and friends tease me for all my “useless movie knowledge,” but listening to you on the weekly SR podcasts; I must bow down to the Kofi, aka: The KING!

  5. In the Watch Jonah Hills character says something like “It’s going in my mouth” when the alien is on him. Then almost identical same line is used when the octopus is on Hill’s face.

  6. I feel there’s a lot of bad boys II references here.
    Few of the best that stood out
    From the beginning:
    Jabs to Bay’s Bad Boys II chessy dramatic poses of the 2 main characters.
    The 21 jump street re-boot and sequel “issues” reference (why would anyone thrown in more money for a sequel?) cracked me up…
    The ice cube looking office for the captain.
    The secret service idea; white house down.
    Same strategy as the first mission “infiltrate the dealers, find the supplier!”
    The bugging of the house (bad boys II again)
    Dustin Nguyen as vietnamese jesus
    (i’m not sure) the whole football theme
    feels like Tommy Lee Jones’ Man of the house.
    Rambo III “im your best… I’m your worst nightmare”
    The low flying airplane (Bad Boys II again)
    The fast and furious tokyo drift
    The credit is just packed with it.
    There’s, I Spy or a little rush hour 3 or the long kiss goodnight ref, lethal weapon “i’m too old for this sh*t..”, top gun looking poster with stealth tone + anna faris cameo, Bill hader on the no reservations looking poster, gravity,
    The channing tatum gambit reference.
    The seth rogen replaced due to contract issue (LMAO this one by far the funniest real life studio production problem reference)
    Dennis Booker in Jump street: generation franchise spin-off (21 jump street spin off: booker)
    These are the mem
    I think there’s still a lot more… I’ve got to watch it again…

  7. “The ice cube looking office for the captain.”

    Besides the obvious reference, for some reason the office reminded me of the office in Beverly Hills Cop 2. Where Eddie was doing his psychic-like Cleo bit.

    • I feel like the office looked a lot like the police department from I Robot.

  8. Benny Hill tribute. During the car chase around campus
    ‘Mr. And Mrs. Smith’. Reference during Jonah’s fight with the girl boss

    • Forgot to add,

      Marvel characters name-dropped several times. (Hey, it worked for Channing ! He’ll play Gambit in the near future).
      ‘Fast & Furious’ reference during Jonah’s Lamborghini scene.
      Shameless plug for Channing’s last film ‘White House Down’.
      RG and DN cameo at the end credits.


  9. I forget to mention Diplo was in this movie…
    Got to love the soundtracks… #ItsATrap

  10. Red Herring Tattoo….

  11. At the start when they were pretending to be mexican and Jenko is telling his story, all the names he mentions are characters from Dora the Explorer

  12. At QL’s cameo scene, her line was ” I’m straight outta Compton”.
    Which was that album title of the 80’s rap group N.W.A ( Ice Cube was a member of the group)

  13. Dude where’s my car reference with the “what did you say?” “Something cool” end bit.

  14. At the start when they first meet with the ghost and Jenko is trying to improvise with his story, he mentions the spanish characters from Dora the Explore; Diego, Swiper and then Boots

  15. The chase scene also reminded me of Austin Powers and Wayne’s World sequels with the shots of action happening out of scene that you can only hear and the characters actually mentioning the budget. (Ex. Wayne and Garth’s trip to England were body doubles with voice over) maybe it’s just a nod to Mike Myers.

  16. Pretty confident the shot they used when Jonah Hill was holding Channing Tatum as they hung from the helicopter was straight out of True Lies.

    • Jonah Hill’s slam poem totally references Mike Myers in So I married an Axe Murderer.