Watch the Trailer for the New '21 Jump Street' Movie, Starring Jonah Hill
I almost won't need to make jokes about this one. Enjoy the red-band "21 Jump Street" trailer.
Jonah Hill, of "Superbad" fame, wrote the adaptation about two wash-out rookie cops (played by Hill and Channing Tatum) who are chosen to revive a dead 1980s undercover programs that has young-ish looking cops posing as high school students to make drug busts.
Their apparent direct supervisor? Ice Cube.
Hey, if people will buy 30-year-old Chris Monteith as an 18-year-old high school senior on "Glee," why only suspend the disbelief that low?
Scoot over, "The Mod Squad." Step aside, "The Avengers." Make room, awful and confusing "Leave It To Beaver" movie. There's a new low bar for ideas, but this one at least has a somewhat comical back-story surrounding it that makes a great argument for nobody ever giving Hill money in exchange for writing something ever again, unless it's a letter to original series stars Johnny Depp and Holly Robinson consisting only of "I'm so, so sorry" hand-written a thousand times.
Here's the first problem: "21 Jump Street" was a late-80s-to-early-90s police procedural drama that lasted five seasons. Though it was a drama, it was a product of its time. Looking back, it has a certain unintentionally funny kitsch to it. I don't think Hill understands that turning a drama into a straight-up comedy doesn't really work. They're just two different animals.
Then there's Hill himself. He's been truly funny exactly once: "Superbad." And even then, Hill, Michael Cera, Seth Rogen and Christopher Mintz-Plasse captured a lightning-in-a-bottle moment wherein four actors who only know how to play one character each come together with a great script . . . and it works. It really, really works. That doesn't mean Hill himself is inherently funny.
Actually, his one character that he knows always comes across as that one guy that could annoy you into graphic homicide if he doesn't just shut up for five minutes.
Oh, but at one point, Hill just became delusional. He didn't merely once describe what he wanted as a "R-rated, insane, 'Bad Boys'-meets-John Hughes-type movie." That is a combination of Michael Bay and GOOD movies that should never, ever be a thing, not to mention possible evidence Hill has never actually seen "21 Jump Street" but merely memorized the Wikipedia entry.
Oh, it gets better. His first choice director? Rob Zombie.
I'm even less sure that Rob Zombie has ever seen "21 Jump Street."
Finally . . . . really, Ice Cube? Really? Really, Mr. Straight-Outta-Compton? I think I need to go watch "Friday."
Watch the trailer for "21 Jump Street":