Phil Lord and Christopher Miller

It seems like a minor miracle that 22 Jump Street is as good as it is, seeing as it’s a sequel to a reboot that few people thought sounded like a good idea in the first place. Then again, projects that sound questionable on paper have become kind of a specialty for directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller. “Yeah, it seems like our career is based on an extended dare,” Miller concedes good-naturedly.

But that doesn’t mean they necessarily want things to stay that way. ”It would be nice at some point to do something that people expects to be good. Although then with high expectations come a lot more pressure.” So what do the pair have coming up next? Hit the jump to read my full interview with the pair and find out.

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’22 Jump Street’ – What Did You Think?

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Phil Lord and Chris Miller continue their expectation-defying run with this week’s release of 22 Jump Street. When the pair directed the big-screen reboot/update/comedic riff on the early Fox TV show 21 Jump Street, the very concept seemed like a joke. But stars Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill turned out to be a perfect pair. Lord and Miller knew it was all little more than a joke, and turned out a film that was consistently funny and kept characters in mind as it also played with familiar comedy setups.

22 Jump Street applies Lord and Miller’s character-based approach to comedy but layers in a healthy cynicism about the sequel-making process. “Meta-sequel” is a term that has been applied to this movie as reviews roll in, and for obvious reason. The first act is almost entirely about the fact that, yeah, they’re doing it all again. Yet no matter how frequently the film is self-aware, it keeps its sights on comedy and character. This is still a frothy sequel, but in acknowledging and embracing the film’s nature, Lord and Miller skate through the setup and deliver another entertaining two hours.

Below, tell us what you thought of 22 Jump Street — spoilers, as always in these posts, are fully encouraged in the discussion thread. Read More »

22 jump street stand-in trailer

22 Jump Street opens today, with Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum in the lead roles. But there is a different version of the movie out there, or at least an alternate trailer. Ivan Hoey Jr. and Brad Cookus were the stand-ins for the two stars — that is, the guys who run through scenes so that the camera team and other departments can get the tech details of a scene worked out. Stand-ins are a part of almost any big movie production, and we almost never see them.

So someone at Sony cut together a version of the 22 Jump Street trailer entirely using footage of Hoey Jr. and Cookus, while keeping the “real” audio featuring Tatum and Hill. It’s funny stuff, watch below. Read More »

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/Film’s Germain Lussier called 22 Jump Street (out in theaters this weekend) one of the funniest and best films of the summer. I saw 22 Jump Street this week and found it to be immensely enjoyable. Its knowing references to its bizarre sequel status were amusing, and I loved the gags in the last half of the film, when it felt like directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord felt free to let loose and really play with the film’s reality.

I spoke with Germain about why he loved the film so much and how 22 Jump Street avoids being a repetitive sequel in the vein of Hangover 2. Find our video review after the jump.
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22 Jump Street blu-ray

The second 2014 film from Phil Lord and Chris Miller, 22 Jump Street, doesn’t have much material that counts as serious. The movie is almost two hours long, but is wall-to-wall jokes, sight gags, action sequences, and deadpan comedy. As an experiment, and ultimately a winking way to emphasize the degree to which the movie is a long string of jokes, Lord and Miller have crafted what they’re calling the “dramatic and unfunny” cut. It is ten minutes long. That, along with a host of deleted scenes, will appear on the 22 Jump Street blu-ray. Get the details below. Read More »

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22 Jump Street is so fast, so funny and so entertaining, it almost makes time stop. After watching the film, and without looking it up, I couldn’t guess how long the movie had been, because the whole experience was so relentless with its comedy and action. It’s exhausting in the best possible way.

The non-stop onslaught of cleverness is something we’ve come to expect from directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller. With this, their first directorial sequel, they’ve lived up to the huge expectations of the first 21 Jump Street. In fact, they might have gone beyond it. 22 Jump Street is one of the funniest, and best movies of the summer. Read More »

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Lots of things to see in this edition of Sequel Bits. After the jump:

  • See a Transformers viral video and prepare for another trailer
  • Michael Bay comments on the cool cars in Transformers 4
  • 22 Jump Street gets another clip and another featurette
  • Check out the trailer for Steve Coogan‘s The Trip to Italy
  • Another Trailer Park Boys movie opens in the U.S. this fall
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Robert Rodriguez talk Sin City 2
  • Here’s the Sin City 2 poster that was too hot for the MPAA
  • Here’s the Dolphin Tale 2 poster that was just fine with the MPAA

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After the jump:

  • Ju-On: The Grudge is getting another sequel
  • The Dark Crystal sequel is still in development
  • Better Call Saul will shoot in Albuquerque
  • Read the first chapter of the Apes prequel book
  • Take a peek at the first Minions teaser poster
  • 22 Jump Street reveals a couple more clips
  • See another poster for Transformers 4

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