Category: 21 Jump Street
On paper, “21 Jump Street” was not an enticing proposition. A reboot of a 1980s TV series with a ludicrous premise — fresh-faced cops go undercover as high school students. Produced by Neal Moritz, a man whose last attempt at an action-comedy reboot of a famous property was the dreadful “The Green Hornet.” Directed by two first-time live-action feature directors. Written by the man behind “Project X.” And starring Jonah Hill, coming off a terrible R-rated comedy flop, in “The Sitter,” and Channing Tatum, a man whose previous turns weren’t so much performed as whittled out of wood.
And yet, “21 Jump Street” was a success, opening to a hugely impressive $35 million over the weekend. And more importantly, it was also really, really good, arguably the best studio movie of this young year to date, and one of the funniest comedies in years. So what happened? What separated the film, directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, and written by Michael Bacall, from the dozens of other R-rated comedies in the last few years? The film’s certainly got problems (a drawn-out ending, a weak villain), but for the most part, it works like gangbusters, and we’ve gone in depth, to examine why the film is such an unlikely triumph. Spoilers ahead.
Actress Dakota Johnson stars as another undercover cop alongside Jonah and Channing and we got the scoop on what it was like working with the hilarious pair, and which of the two lovely men she would take to prom!
Tell me about your character.
I play Fugazy, and she also goes undercover into a high school, and she’s pretty competitive with Jonah and Channing’s characters.
What was it like working with them?
It was amazing they are so cool, and so talented. They made it easy to jump into a scene and make it work.
So, there’s a prom scene, if you went who would you take — Jonah or Channing?
I would take both of them. It would be like a party. I want to have a party.
Dakota Johnson is about to have a busy year ahead — the “Social Network” thesp just booked three roles.
Johnson, the 22-year-old daughter of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith, has signed on to “Goats” starring David Duchonvy and Vera Farmiga; Universal’s “Five Year Engagement”; and Sony’s “21 Jump Street.”
She is currently shooting “Goats,” will jump right into “Five Year Engagement” when she’s through, and will follow that up with “21 Jump Street” this summer.
Christopher Neil will helm “Goats,” which tells the story of a 15-year-old leaving his home in the foothills of Tuscon for his freshman year at an East Coast prep school.
“Five Year Engagement” stars Jason Segel and follows the ups and downs of a recently engaged couple. Nicholas Stoller is directing with Judd Apatow and Rodney Rothman producing.
“21 Jump Street” stars Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill and is a remake of the 1987 Fox series that starred Johnny Depp. Phil Lord and Chris Miller are directing.
Johnson was most recently seen in CBS Films “Beastly” and Sony’s “The Social Network” as the Stanford girl who sleeps with Sean Parker (Justin Timberlake) without realizing who he is.