Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum Bring Laughter to ’21 Jump Street’ Red Band Trailer

Corey MatthewsIt can be said that the 21 Jump Street movie has been in the works for over two decades. But that probably won’t be said; after all, fans of the 1980s crime TV series 21 Jump Street will not find a stylistic twin in the upcoming film adaptation starring Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill. The Jump Street we’ll be seeing come next March is much more comical—unsurprisingly, considering a cast that includes Hill, Rob RiggleNick Offerman, and Ellie Kemper—than its parent series. Yes, there is action: gunfights, stabbings, car chases. But they all seem to be a vehicle (pun excessively intended) for the delivery of comedy.

This is not to pick fault with the movie. In fact, it is just the contrary. Comedy is a good thing, even if it finds itself into stories that didn’t really think themselves that they warranted, or wanted, comedic themes. The idea of adult policemen going back to high school as undercover agents where they once were students is inherently hilarious.

I praise this melding of the 21 Jump Street of the 1980s with self-aware Judd Apatow comedies of today. And above that, this red band trailer suggests a pretty funny, fast-paced movie.

21 Jump Street reaches theaters on March 16, 2012.

Staff editor Michael Arbeiter’s natural state of being can best be described as “mild panic attack.” His earliest memories of growing up in Queens, New York, involve nighttime conversations with a voice from his bedroom wall (the jury’s still out on what that was all about) and a love for classic television that spawned from the very first time he was allowed to watch “The Munsters.” Attending college at SUNY Binghamton, a 20-year-old Michael learned two things: that he could center his future on this love for TV and movies, and that dragons never actually existed — he was kind of late in the game on that one.