June 17, 2014

Podcast Episode 18: Yes, 22 JUMP STREET Breaks Through The Ceiling Of Shitty Comedy Sequels


I'll keep this short and sweet.  You should really go see 22 Jump Street because it is funny as shit.  In fact, I think it's set a crazy high bar for summer comedies that I don't see anyone else clearing this season.  (Sex Tape?  Jason Segel, you're better than that.)  Hill and Tatum are an amazing and unlikely comic duo and if we're lucky this is just the start of a long running theatrical bromance that will stand the test of time.

Comedy sequels are almost invariably a disappointment (I'm looking at you, Anchorman 2) and 22 Jump Street is actually the exception that proves the rule.  There's plenty of stuff that is simply preposterously funny on its own merits, like Channing Tatum's prolonged reaction when Jenko discovers who Schmidt's been sleeping with.  But what really puts the movie over the top into true brilliance is the way that it directly comments on the very nature of sequels themselves.  By the time we get to the closing credits, directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller absolutely assassinate the idea of continuing the franchise any further while simultaneously eliciting some of the biggest laughs of the whole movie.  It's absolutely sublime.

Bart, Jamie and I discuss the movie along with the epic trailer for Birdman, as well as DC's as-yet-unconfirmed and insanely ambitious slate of upcoming titles.  You can also hear me get myself into domestic trouble once again.  I expect that to be a recurring feature of these podcasts from now until forever.