Jonah Hill Spills His Guts About High School and His New Movie, 21 Jump Street
21 Jump Street comes out TODAY. Which is great news for YOU—if you're old enough to see it—because it's UNDENIABLY HILARIOUS.
How do I know this? BECAUSE SONY PICTURES SENT ME TO A SNEAK PREVIEW, and I was peeing in my pleated pantaloons over this film. The original 21 Jump Street was an '80s TV show about young-looking cops sent to go undercover at high schools. It was a crime drama. It was sometimes sad. Its main character was a hot-headed Holden Caulfield-type.
This movie is not like that.
Sure, it keeps all the good bits—the undercover missions, the young cops, etc., but in the hands of Jonah Hill, 21 Jump Street magically becomes a comedy—one of the best I've ever seen.
At the 21 Jump Street press conference, Jonah Hill failed to lock eyes with me, drop to his knees, and propose marriage, as I expected he would. Still, I wholeheartedly recommend this movie. Even though I'm real steamed at J Heezy. 21 Jump Street is that good.
One of the most impressive things about the movie is that it doesn't resort to high school stereotypes. In the film, two 25-year-old cops enroll as students in a high school, and are completely unprepared for the social totem pole. Writers Jonah Hill and Michael Bacall, along with directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, wanted to reflect what real high schoolers are like.
Here's a video I took at the Jump Street press conference of Jonah and the directors talking about what constitutes an authentic high school experience. What do you guys think? Does it sound like they get it right?
After hearing their takes on high school, are you excited to see this movie?
Want more info? Watch the trailer here!