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It’s male-oriented comedy trailer Wednesday!

It’s male-oriented comedy trailer Wednesday! (photo)

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Apparently Wednesday is a good day to release trailers for male-oriented comedies, since two big ones just hit the web (also, March is apparently a good month to release male-oriented comedies, since that’s when both of these movies come out).

Let’s start with the film version of the 80s TV show “21 Jump Street.” The movie stars Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill (who also co-wrote the screenplay) doing the ol’ cops-undercover-in-high-school routine. Also, this trailer is a red bander and there’s a fair amount of salty language, so be aware of that if you’re about to watch this at your job, especially if you work as, like, a kindergarten computer teacher.

Here’s what I like about the “21 Jump Street” trailer:

1)The chemistry between Tatum and Hill. The formula for success with buddy cop movies goes something like this: 78% chemistry of the male leads, 10% quality of comic material, 10% quality of action scenes, 2% Gary Busey. Looks to me like Tatum and Hill have a good thing going here; it also looks like they’ve got a good thing going with supporting players Ice Cube as their Captain and Rob Riggle as one of their high school teachers.

2)The dick punching jokes. Dick punching jokes are always funny, as long as they’re not in reference to your own genitals.

3)They didn’t spoil the appearance by old school “Jump Street” star Johnny Depp, who supposedly makes an uncredited cameo in the film.

It’s been a good couple of years for movies that skewer cop movie clichés. It could be tough for “21 Jump Street” to compete with “Hot Fuzz” and “The Other Guys,” but overall, I think it looks promising. Next up on male-oriented comedy trailer Wednesday is “Project X” from producer (and “The Hangover” director) Todd Phillips:

Here’s what makes me nervous about the “Project X” trailer:

1)Found footage films are looking more and more like a permanent part of the horror genre landscape, but they’ve yet to find their place in the world of comedy. Adam McKay and Will Ferrell shepherded the similarly themed “The Virginity Hit” last year, and it was anything but: grossing less than $1 million in theaters.

2)This thought: do raging parties like the one depicted in this movie even exist or are they just something that happens in movies? And if the latter, how is that going to mesh with a shooting style that makes the film look like a documentary?

3)The fact that it looks the film devolves into a full-on Occupy Wall Street style riot. On the other hand, flame thrower jokes are almost as consistently funny as dick punching jokes.

Actually the riot police give me an idea. Have Tatum and Hill go undercover at the “Project X” party, then they bring in the SWAT dudes to break up all the drugging and dogs having sex. I smell a hit. Or not.

“Project X” opens on March 2; “21 Jump Street” on March 16. Which do you want to see more? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.

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It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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