The red-band ’22 Jump Street’ trailer needs more Channing Tatum funny

Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum return to an unexpectedly mighty franchise with "22 Jump Street."
Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum return to an unexpectedly mighty franchise with “22 Jump Street.”

If you’re the type who likes to torture yourself with scattered bits and pieces from films you won’t see in full for six-plus months, then have at the new red-band trailer for June’s “22 Jump Street.”

A comic take on a comically serious show, 2012′s “21 Jump Street” drowned in self-aware jokes: about why anyone would want to watch a movie about an ’80s Fox show that primarily existed to launch hot young actors (or at least Johnny Depp); about how stars Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum are far, far too old to play fake high schoolers; etc. Appropriately, the sequel’s ad mocks the original’s mega-popularity and even the title (which goes the “Ocean’s Twelve/Thirteen” route), because of course it does.

The lady doth protest too much: the original is really funny, even though it occasionally goes too far. (A car chase performed by Hill in a Peter Pan costume is a good example.) Perhaps most shockingly was how nimbly it was stolen by Tatum, a beefcake stud who, like Brad Pitt, not-so-secretly harbors a deep reservoir of weird. There’s not enough of him here, but let’s assume that was no fluke — which it wasn’t because he was also unexpectedly hilarious in “Magic Mike.”


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