I’ll say this for Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum in the 21 Jump Street trailer – it doesn’t feel like they’re trying to play on one’s nostalgia for the 1980′s TV show. Director Phil Lord and Chris Miller have made this their own thing why embracing the absurdity of having men in their late twenties playing teens. Check out the green-band trailer…

21 Jump Street is set for release on March 16, and that strikes as confident. There’s also a solid supporting cast, with Ice Cube, Rob Riggle, and Parks and Recreation‘s Nick Offerman. The premise is the same as the show, youngish looking guys are sent to go into high school settings and deal with crime. But this looks like a straight-ahead comedy, as was evident in the red band trailer.

Though Channing Tatum has gone the action route, people in the business seem to like him – that seems the most likely explanation for his success without having really popped with audiences. Perhaps they will latch on to him eventually.  Hill will be coming off December’s The Sitter. That The Sitter looks to be terrible may hurt this film. The directors are coming off of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, which is one of the best animated films of the last couple years.

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